A SUM of $5.3m for Stage 2 of the Gippsland Logistics Precinct in Morwell (150km east of Melbourne) has been announced by the Victorian government.
Regional Development minister Jaala Pulford and Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing made the announcement this week, with the project to involve reactivating a disused rail site.
Being close to the Princes Freeway and next to the Gippsland Intermodal Freight Terminal, the Gippsland Logistics Precinct is expected to have good transport links to the state’s road network and the Ports of Melbourne and Geelong.
According to the state government, the precinct is to provide an industrial area where locally produced goods can be transferred directly into shipping containers for rail freight.
The completed precinct is also expected to provide improved rail freight access, better access to more efficient transport, industry diversification and a reduction in the number of heavy vehicles on local roads.
Minister Pulford said the latest development was part of an election commitment to invest $10m to develop the Gippsland Logistics Precinct.
“We’re getting the Latrobe Valley back on track – rebuilding health services, attracting new jobs, and preserving the resilience of this proud community,” she said.
Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing said the project would boost local exports.
“Thanks to this investment, freight trains carrying Latrobe Valley-made Reflex paper are now being loaded faster, are carrying heavier loads, and are getting to port quicker,” Ms Shing said.
“That’s good for Australian Paper, and good for the 1,000-odd people that have a job here.”