Work is almost complete on the Parkes Logistics Terminal, thanks to a partnership between Pacific National and The Nationals in Government.
Located at the intersection of the main western railway line running from Sydney to Perth, the future Inland Rail corridor from Melbourne to Brisbane, and the Newell Highway, Parkes was the perfect place to establish an intermodal freight terminal – a place where trains and trucks meet.
The major freight and logistics hub will be able to consolidate hundreds of thousands of cargo containers – including boxes filled with regional commodities destined for overseas markets – to be hauled by rail across the length and breadth of Australia.
A single 1800 metre freight train hauling containers is equivalent to removing 70 b-double trucks from our roads.
NSW Nationals Leader and Deputy Premier John Barilaro established a ‘special activation precinct’ to help streamline the development of the project, and now the finishing touches are being put on.
When he announced the special activation precinct last year, Mr Barilaro called it a ‘driver’ for the region.
“Businesses tell us the key to them investing in our regions is certainty – and that’s exactly what our vision provides,” Mr Barilaro said.
“This vision sets out a long-term plan and a framework for how the government will lay the all-important foundations for businesses to invest in our regions with confidence.
“People know we are a government that’s worked hard to put ourselves in a strong financial position, and now they want to see we are spending our funds with fore-thought, by making smart investments in big-ticket items that have the potential to transform regional NSW.”
A grand opening will be held on October 30.