A proposed Transport and Logistics Centre for Mount Isa is a step closer, with funding approved for a business case through the Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program.
Mayor Joyce McCulloch said with the Federal Government’s strong belief in the region’s abundant resources and the ability to supply the East Coast gas market into the future, as well as ongoing mining discoveries in the region, building the TLC was critical to the future growth of Mount Isa.
“Along with the development of the gas pipeline from Tennant Creek through to Mount Isa, and the Tennant Creek to Mount Isa rail proposal, the TLC remains an economically viable project,” she said.
“This region continues to grow and will become increasingly reliant on efficient transport methods to ensure the viability of ongoing operations, and Mount Isa is perfectly placed as a major regional centre and gateway to Southern Queensland and also northern and eastern ports.”
The council worked with Mount Isa to Townsville Economic Development Zone (MITEZ) to complete a feasibility study on the proposal.
Cr McCulloch said demand for the TLC was present, and would future proof Mount Isa and help crowd in investment in northern Australia, a key policy objective of the Australian Government.
“As a joint user facility, the TLC would be especially advantageous in underpinning new investment decisions in the region,” she said.
“The TLC would enhance the competiveness of existing businesses, and reduce the cost of starting a new business.”