The planned CQ Inland Port in the Yamala Enterprise Area near Emerald has received a boost with Federal Government funding announced this week.
Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd said $2.9 million had been earmarked towards construction of an intermodal freight terminal, while a further $23,000 will go towards delivering export-ready programs to the region’s businesses.
These will be delivered in partnership between the Export Council of Australia and the Central Highlands Development Corporation (CHDC).
Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Kerry Hayes said investment in the inland port created a logistic connection between the broad-acre farming in the region and the Port of Gladstone.
In 2016, the council rezoned 12 properties surrounding the special industry zone in Yamala from the rural zone to industry investigation zone to identify potential further special industry development.
Three development applications have been approved in the special industry zone at Yamala to date including the construction of a multi-user rail siding and the intermodal freight terminal.