The procurement process has opened for construction works on Stages 1 and 2 of Toowoomba’s $1 billion InterLinkSQ intermodal freight terminal project.
Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise general manager – Surat Basin Supply Chain Reagan Parle said the organisation was working with its members and assisting with the procurement process.
“Our projects team is delighted to be working with InterLinkSQ on early engagement of the supply chain,” Mr Parle said.
“It’s a first-of-its-kind project for our region and we have all heard about it in concept, so this development milestone is an important one. ”
InterLinkSQ chief executive officer Michelle Reynolds said the work would have significant flow-on of economic benefits to the Toowoomba region.
“We are well on track towards InterLinkSQ becoming a major hub for freight moving between metropolitan centres including Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Darwin” Mrs Reynolds said.
“The InterLinkSQ project is about more than building rail and road connections, it’s about servicing the community through the provision of critical infrastructure and modal choice to help the region’s businesses and producers to improve their national and international competitiveness through increasing supply chain efficiency.”
The completed InterLinkSQ project (including the InterLink Global Industrial Centre and InterLink Industrial) is expected to contribute $110 million to the Queensland economy through the construction phase and a further $1.075 billion in the operational phase, 80 per cent of which is expected to be generated in the Toowoomba Local Government Area (LGA).
Contractors will have an opportunity to look at the InterLinkSQ site at an open day being held as part of the current process this Friday, October 21.
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The InterLinkSQ Request for Expressions of Interest document will be issued through the Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE) business network and will also be available directly from InterLinkSQ.
The scope of works covered by this call for Expressions of Interest includes the construction of Stages 1 and 2 of the of the development, including 11 industrial lots and the intermodal freight terminal lot across a total area of more than 100 hectares.
Construction of Stages 1 and 2 will include:
• About 1.2km of road and associated infrastructure including the construction of a large Type 2 Road Train accessible roundabout.
• About 1.5km of the major drainage open channel works, requiring an estimated 150,000 cubic metres of bulk earthworks.
• About 1km of underground stormwater drainage pipes.
• Two major culvert structures
• 2km of water reticulation
• 1.4km of sewerage reticulation
A Development Approval for the reconfiguration of Stages 1 and 2 is in place and an Operational Works Application for combined delivery of Stage 1 and 2 was submitted to Toowoomba Regional Council on August 31, 2016.
The call for Expressions of Interest for suitable contractors closes of November 9. Calls for Tenders for Construction expected on November 24 with contractors’ possession of site anticipated to be on January 9, 2016.
More at www.tsbe.com.au