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17 MARCH - TRANSPORT INDUSTRY MAKING TRACKS TO BROMELTON

Bromelton's emergence as South East Queensland's new freight and logistics hub will be the focus of an industry forum later this month.

Scenic Rim Regional Council is partnering with the Queensland Transport and Logistics Council (QTLC) to host the inaugural Bromelton Regional Transport Forum on 28 March.

Industry leaders in freight and logistics, along with stakeholder agencies including the Port of Brisbane, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) and QTLC, will discuss the opportunities presented by the Bromelton State Development Area.

Mayor Greg Christensen said Bromelton's untapped potential had been thrust into the national spotlight following the opening of a purpose-built $30 million intermodal facility by SCT Logistics, Australia's largest privately owned rail freight operator.

"This has well and truly sent a signal up the line that Bromelton is open for business, but we've invited industry leaders to come and see firsthand the opportunities on offer," Cr Christensen said.

"The long-term reality is that the renewal and gentrification of Brisbane's inner suburbs and industrial precincts will see companies in these areas encouraged to relocate beyond the urban footprint and Bromelton has been earmarked for exactly this purpose.

"Bromelton is the only greenfield industrial development site in South East Queensland with dual gauge rail connectivity, providing unparalleled access to Sydney and Melbourne markets via the interstate line. SCT Logistics is already leveraging this potential with regular freight services from Melbourne to Bromelton."

Cr Christensen said ARTC, the entity responsible for the nation's interstate rail network, had also acquired almost 850 hectares of development land within the SDA.

"This reflects the strategic importance of Bromelton as the future crossroads between the interstate rail line and the inland rail project, linking Melbourne to Brisbane," he said.

QTLC chief executive officer Dr Rebecca Michael said: "The commencement of operations on the Bromelton site brings to fruition government’s long-term plan for an intermodal industrial hub to connect South East Queensland to broader domestic and international markets.

"In addition to improved freight infrastructure connectivity, ongoing development on the Bromelton site will increase economic development and support the growing population in the region.

"Improved productivity and efficiency are key drivers of Bromelton and the greenfield development is well positioned for operators to adopt innovative transport and logistics practices to further enhance productivity and competitive advantages."

Businesses wishing to register for the Bromelton Regional Transport Forum can do so by visiting www.trybooking.com/OTPK no later than Thursday 23 March. For further information email admin@qtlc.com.au or call 07 3510 2110.