The Queensland government has announced plans for the $40 million Stuart freight terminal project.
Minister for State Development, Anthony Lynham, said the project demonstrates the value of private enterprise.
“Jobs and growth in Townsville will come down to positive investment decisions by local business and industry, as well as government initiatives,” he said.
“Aurizon’s $40 million intermodal freight terminal will generate 120 pay packets at its peak as well as business for local suppliers across the city.”
The Stuart Bypass will create direct access for heavy vehicles to the Townsville Port Access Road and the Bruce and Flinders Highway.
Minister for Transport, Stirling Hinchliffe, said the project would provide a significant boost for Townsville’s economy.
“Rail has played a large role in Townsville since the North Coast Railway connected the city to Brisbane in 1923, and today more than 13,000 freight trains pass in and out of Townsville each year," Hinchliffe said.
“Through projects like this, we can continue to make rail freight an even more attractive option for producers, and continue to connect the region with both social and economic opportunities across the state.”
The Queensland government has already committed $187 million to Townsville as part of the Accelerated Works Program.
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