DEPUTY Prime Minister (still) Barnaby Joyce officially opened has officially opened the SCT Bromelton intermodal facility in southern Queensland.
Joining the colourful Mr Joyce was Member for Wright, Scott Buchholz, and SCT Logistics managing director Geoff Smith.
The opening occurred seven months after the freight hub received its first cargo, on January 21.
Other notables included John Fullerton from the Australian Rail Track Corporation, Mayor Greg Christensen from the Scenic Rim Regional Council, Glenn Butcher MP from the Queensland government, as well as indigenous elders and representatives.
A CSR locomotive was used as a backdrop and guests received bus tours of the Bromelton facility.
“This is a real achievement. We should be focusing on real things rather than media headlines. Our people and voters demand real action and this is real. Well done SCT,” Mr Boyce said.
Mayor Greg Christensen said the project was “a game changing investment”.
“It is new engine room for logistics in North NSW and South QLD industries to share and enjoy benefits,” Mr Christensen said.
Mr Smith praised the contributions of both governments and communities.
“We could not have done it without our federal, state, regional and council support … but of course my management team and our hard working can do staff. We did this together,” he said.
Bromelton is located near Beaudesert, 65km south-west of Brisbane and almost due west of the Gold Coast.
According to the ARTC, it is the only area on the eastern seaboard with current direct access to the interstate railway line between Melbourne and Brisbane.
It is also adjacent to B-double transport routes less than an hour’s drive from the Port of Brisbane and Brisbane CBD, the ARTC says.