The State Government is injecting a further $946,000 into the Yeppoon branch line project, which will reinstate a disused section of rail line and connect it to Rockhampton’s JBS Abattoir.
Member for Rockhampton, Barry O’Rourke, said the project would deliver important supply chain improvements for the Central Queensland beef industry by doubling the size of the rail siding at the abattoir.
“By restoring this 1.9km section of the Yeppoon branch line, we’re providing the local beef industry with a direct rail connection to the JBS Abattoir, which is safer, more efficient and more reliable than road-freight options that can wear down local roads,” Mr O’Rourke said.
“As Queensland’s largest manufacturing industry, employing an estimated 118,000 workers across the state and generating just under $5 billion annually, it’s vital we continue to invest in the beef processing sector and infrastructure to support it.”
Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Mark Bailey, said the project was on track to be commissioned in July this year.
“Queensland Rail’s team has already completed remediation of two of the four timber rail bridges on this section of the line – a huge task that involved significant piling works to provide solid foundations for the bridges, and the replacement of 16 steel girders and bridge piers,” Mr Bailey said.
“The third and fourth timber bridges on the disused section line have been demolished and removed, to be replaced with more durable concrete culverts sourced locally from Rockhampton.
“Installation of the culverts will happen in May, after which track work can begin.”