12 MAY - FEDERAL BUDGET 2017 IS A WIN FOR SCENIC RIM
An $8.4 billion commitment to bankroll the Inland Rail project is among the big ticket wins for Scenic Rim in this year's Federal Budget, according to Mayor Greg Christensen.
Cr Christensen said the nation-building rail project, linking Melbourne and Brisbane via an inland network comprising new and existing track, had cemented Bromelton's position as a nationally significant freight and logisitics hub.
"The Inland Rail route will intersect with the existing coastal interstate rail at the northern end of the Bromelton State Development Area, putting the Scenic Rim at the crossroads of rail freight connectivity east and west of the Great Divide," he said.
"Australian Rail Track Corporation, which will deliver the rail project, has acquired large tracts of land within the Bromelton precinct, reflecting the strategic role the area will play in the future of freight and logistics.
"Importantly, we already have intermodal capacity at Bromelton thanks to the establishment of SCT Logistics' regional freight facility earlier this year."
Cr Christensen said another win for the region was the progression of a South-East Queensland 'City Deals' strategy at the Federal level.
"The City Deals process is about all levels of government contributing to outcomes which provide critical transport and civic infrastructure to the SEQ region, home to 1-in-7 Australians," he said.
"Traffic congestion is an economic impediment to jobs and growth across the wider region and is not confined within local government boundaries.
"Our major transport corridors cross several council areas and, through the Council of Mayors (SEQ), we are working collectively to achieve funding outcomes for improvements across the network.
"We are supportive of investment up the line, such as improvements to the Ipswich Motorway, which will deliver flow-on effects for residents in the western areas of Scenic Rim.
"Importantly, we are continuing to advocate in partnership with other councils for improvements to the Mount Lindesay Highway corridor which services the southern growth corridor to Beaudesert."