A new $16.3 million intermodal freight terminal will be established in Penfield, South Australia, creating up to 400 new mining jobs.
The facility will function as an important marshalling and freight consolidation point between Melbourne and Perth.
Key features of the terminal include:
- Rail container area expansion with capacity to store 30,000 containers and an additional 750,000 payload tonnes of freight
- 1km rail track
- Road infrastructure to enable access to B Double trucks at the site
- Support infrastructure, including an electrical substation, relocation of a fibre optical cable and work to support a gas pipeline
- Drainage and storm water infrastructure to support further investment.
Federal Minister for Regional Development, Anthony Albanese said “Boosting rail freight’s role in moving goods through South Australia will improve the state’s productivity and provide better access for industry to key markets on the eastern and western seaboards. It will connect the state’s wine, food processing, mining and manufacturing sectors with new export markets.”
“The new intermodal will also make the state a much more attractive place to invest, providing opportunities for other national and regional distribution centres to be located on site in Adelaide.”
The Government claims this project will inject $60 million annually into the local economy and generate 50 local jobs during construction and provide up to 350 jobs when operational.
The project is expected to be completed by mid-next year.