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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2017
30 COMPANY PROFILE Y COMPANY PROFILE The figures tell the story: in 2001, about 1.25 million tonnes of agricultural produce from the Toowoomba region was sent to the Port of Brisbane by rail, for export. Only 180,000 tonnes was sent by rail in 2015. By offering a rail shuttle service to the Port of Brisbane, the InterLink Global Logistic Centre will become a significant freight consolidation centre and inland port, providing new options for local producers to use rail for all or part of their journey. The plan is for producers on the Western railway line to Charleville, and the Southern Western line to Dirranbandi, to rail into InterLinkSQ and use its rail-to- port shuttle service. Alternatively, type one road trains (including B triple configurations of up to 36.5 metres long) and type two road trains will access the InterLinkSQ site. ‘Our modelling shows a grain packer at Goondiwindi, for example, could cut their journey time by six hours if they run AB-triple road trains into our site, compared to their existing approach,’ says Reynolds. InterLink will deliver community benefits in South East Queensland. Strong growth in freight exports has led to an increase in trucks on Brisbane roads. ‘The introduction of a rail service from InterLinkSQ to the Port of Brisbane is essential to the safety of Brisbane roads,’ says Reynolds. ‘In time, it will take hundreds of trucks out of built-up areas.’ Environmental benefits are another feature of InterLinkSQ. ‘There is a very significant environmental advantage through greater adoption of rail in the region,’ says Reynolds. Visionary thinking behind InterLinkSQ Ross Miller, a former Toowoomba Mayor, saw the town’s potential to become a major transportation and logistics hub. As manufacturing declined, Toowoomba needed new engines of economic growth and job creation to help local industry and residents. Miller recognised the value of Toowoomba’s location at the junction of three major Queensland highways – the Gore, Warrego and New England highways, with connectivity to the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing. The InterLinkSQ project has, to date, been funded by approximately 80, predominantly local, families. This bold project, beginning in 2004, is coming to fruition. Construction of InterLink’s $235-million rail transfer centre will start this year, and rail services are expected to operate from the precinct by June 2018. InterLinkSQ’s early focus is on securing road transportation operators as its rail terminal facilities are constructed. InterLinkSQ’s plan is to expand its initial focus on agriculture to other industries, by encouraging distribution centres and cold-storage facilities. ‘We want to change the dynamics of freight in Toowoomba,’ says Reynolds. ‘The potential is raw commodities being turned into value-added products at InterLink, before export.’ Reynolds is passionate about the potential of InterLinkSQ and the Toowoomba region. An accountant by profession, Reynolds joined InterLinkSQ as CEO in 2012. ‘In coming years, InterLinkSQ will be the place for hundreds of new and established businesses and thousands of jobs. It will ensure [that] Toowoomba has a pivotal role in Inland Rail. That’s good for the region’s industry and residents, and the broader Australian transportation and logistics network. InterLinkSQ is open for business and excited about our region’s future.’ To learn more about InterLinkSQ, visit www.interlinksq.com.au. InterlinkSQ Chief Executive Officer Michelle Reynolds Delivering intermodal transport and logistics to Southern Queensland. 501631E_Freight Terminals I 2318.indd 25 16/05/2017 2:41 PM