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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2017
29 FUTURE FREIGHT NETWORKS 2017 COMPANY PROFILE X COMPANY PROFILE Innovative intermodal precinct will help industry and the community. InterLinkSQ, a groundbreaking new intermodal terminal and industrial precinct, is set to transform transportation and logistics in Southern Queensland. Strategically located 13 kilometres west of Toowoomba, the 200-hectare InterLinkSQ site is among the largest of its kind in Queensland. The site is part of the Toowoomba Enterprise Hub, one of Australia’s most significant new transport, logistics and business hubs. InterLinkSQ has been designed to ensure that Toowoomba and surrounding regions can capitalise on the proposed Inland Rail project, connecting Melbourne to Brisbane. The precinct promises new transport options for local producers and improved supply chain efficiencies. Fully developed, InterLinkSQ is expected to be a billion-dollar project within 20 years, creating more than 1500 jobs and helping to establish new businesses in the region. ‘InterLinkSQ is a game changer for Toowoomba,’ says Chief Executive Officer Michelle Reynolds. ‘It will drive massive productivity improvements in transport, enhance the national and international competitiveness of the region’s producers, and help them access global markets.’ InterLinkSQ has two components. The first is the InterLink Industrial Park, a master-planned logistics, warehousing and industrial estate that will provide opportunities for forward-looking companies to co-locate in a thriving logistics hub. The 140-hectare industrial park, fully approved and set for construction in the first half of 2017, is currently offering sales and leasing opportunities. Early demand has been strong and InterLinkSQ expects its first major tenant to be operational in the park by September. The second component is the InterLink Global Logistics Centre, an open- access, intermodal terminal linking rail, road, sea and air to improve supply chain efficiencies for customers. The 60-hectare site – which includes a three-kilometre frontage along the proposed Inland Rail route – will incorporate grain and commodities storage, processing and loading facilities, rail maintenance and provisioning, and a large container-handling and storage area. ‘InterLink passionately believes in the right mode for the load,’ says Reynolds. ‘It’s not about road versus rail or other transport modes. It’s about removing bottlenecks in the system through the introduction of a seamless integration between roadside and portside. It’s about creating sustainable opportunities for freight makers and freight movers.’ Solving logistics challenges InterLinkSQ is an important new piece of transport infrastructure. Queensland’s south- west and south-east regions and northern New South Wales have faced longstanding freight transportation inefficiencies. Unable to access rail freight services, these regions have had to rely on road transportation. ‘There is groundswell of community support to get agricultural commodities back on rail,’ says Reynolds. ‘We know that rail is more efficient but our local industry has not had that option because of rail track and operator issues. The only choice has been trucking.’ InterLinkSQ changing the face of transport in Queensland 501631E_Freight Terminals I 2318.indd 24 16/05/2017 2:41 PM