THE Australian Logistics Council and the Australian Railway Association have welcomed the announcement that the Commonwealth and Queensland governments are to fund a $1.5m study examining freight rail connections to the Port of Brisbane.
A joint statement from the peak bodies said improving these connections to the Port, including establishing a dedicated freight rail connection to the Port of Brisbane, would be critical to unlocking the full economic benefits of the Inland Rail project.
“The Port of Brisbane is a vital economic asset, not merely for Queensland but for the nation, particularly when it comes to agricultural and resource sector exports,” the statement reads.
“Its importance will increase significantly in the years ahead, with international demand for Australian export products expected to rise.”
A separate Infrastructure Australia report on corridor protection released in 2017 confirmed a potential savings of $66m could be realised if governments act quickly to protect the corridor needed for the construction of a dedicated freight rail link from the Inland Rail terminus at Acacia Ridge to the Port of Brisbane.