A $9.5 million rail and road upgrade at Yamala is officially underway, paving the way for the new Central Queensland (CQ) Inland Port.
Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the project was funded by the Building our Regions program ($4.4 million) in partnership with industry ($4.41 million) and Central Highlands Regional Council ($695,000).
“This project will underpin the future development of the inland port at Yamala, near Emerald, by upgrading local road and rail infrastructure,” Mr Dick said.
“The works are to build a 1.5km dead-end rail siding capable of handling 42 wagons, upgrade the Bonnie Doon Rd and its intersection with the Capricorn Highway including the rail crossing, and upgrade the industrial access road to the rail siding.”
GrainCorp plans to move its grain facilities from Emerald to Yamala, where it intends to build a $20 million state-of-the-art facility as the anchor operator for the port.
Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Kerry Hayes said the sod turning today for the project represented a significant addition to infrastructure connectivity for the Central Highlands.
“The co-investment by this council with the state government shows how important this project is to the region and how a collaborative approach to vital investment provides great benefits for industry, agriculture and services,” Cr Hayes said.