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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2018
95 FUTURE FREIGHT NETWORKS 2018 COMPANY PROFILE Y COMPANY PROFILE ‘SCT is able to operate the largest intermodal trains in Australia because of Parkes’s unique positioning on the east- west rail corridor and the double-stack capability of its containers.’ Central location Parkes National Logistics Hub is central to Australia’s transport network; it is central to global markets, and is central to 80 per cent of the Australian population overnight. In addition, it offers very competitive warehousing costs, at least 50 per cent lower than in the largest capital cities, which provide options for logistics companies to improve supply chain efficiencies. Parkes Shire Council General Manager Kent Boyd says, ‘Transport companies can use Parkes as a consolidation point to reconfigure freight and maximise loads as trains cross the country. ‘We’re encouraging logistics companies to think differently about Parkes. We intend to become an international best-practice national transport node that provides a range of options for transport companies to move freight more efficiently and create new business opportunities.’ Parkes has several rail-freight advantages. It is the first point from Sydney where containers can be double-stacked on rail. B-double access to Parkes is available on all major routes; road train and B-triple access is available from the west and road train linkages to the Hub from as far west as Adelaide have been identified. ‘The Parkes National Logistics Hub can connect Australian farmers with international markets and create opportunities for companies to export value-added agriculture products and earn higher profit margins,’ says Boyd. ‘Australian products are seen internationally as “clean and green”. We believe that Parkes will play an important role in the food export boom, as we are situated in a rich agricultural industry and boast a central location in a national freight network.’ Parkes’s strong foundations Situated in New South Wales’ rich agricultural heartland, Parkes is ideally suited for the agricultural sector to add value, including processing facilities, centralised storage and a distribution point for fertiliser, chemicals and fuel, among other commodities and products. The Parkes National Logistics Hub will offer cheaper, faster and more efficient modal choices, as well as outstanding employment and investment opportunities for: • logistics and transport operations • locomotive and truck industries • national fast-moving consumer goods distributors • centralised storage and warehousing • manufacturing. Parkes’s highly skilled, competitive labour force is another asset. Wages are more affordable because Parkes’s median household income is about 30 per cent lower than the New South Wales median. Transport companies that set up in Parkes have a ready-made workforce, and other workers who move there can access cheaper housing options. Infrastructure upgrades are boosting the area. In addition to the Inland Rail, a bypass of the Newell Highway at Parkes is under investigation, which will have direct links into the Hub. The Parkes Airport has had almost $5 million of investment with the runway upgraded and a new terminal built. A business park subdivision has been approved, and planning for the airport is designed to integrate with the ongoing development of the Hub. Parkes’s new $72-million hospital and $14-million police station add to the town’s infrastructure. Another $100 million has been spent on the construction of new water and sewage treatment plants, as well as an advanced water recycling facility and ring main. Parkes is also seeing millions of dollars being invested in solar farms and mining. Mayor Keith says, ‘We are on the verge of something big. The vision is huge, and the opportunity is absolutely immense. Parkes is where professional, creative and energetic people come together. Parkes offers multiple career and lifestyle advantages that all add up to support and grow your business’. To learn more about Parkes, visit www.parkeshub.com.au. 503206E_Parkes I 2389.indd 25 18/5/18 10:08 am