$500m Moura rail link jobs boon

THE State Government claims 700 new jobs will be created when a rail link is established from Moura to Gladstone, after the project was given the green light yesterday.

The Queensland Government has given conditional approval for a QR Limited project linking the Moura-Gladstone line with the Aldoga Industrial precinct, north of Gladstone.

The announcement was made during a parliament address by Premier Anna Bligh yesterday.

Welcoming the announcement, Gladstone Ports Corporation chief executive Leo Zussino said: “The Aldoga Rail Yard facility significantly improves the intermodal facilities into the Port of Gladstone.”

Premier Bligh said the Queensland Co-ordinator-General Colin Jensen had signed off on the project's Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

“The project has a capital value of $500 million and will require a construction workforce peaking at 350, and around 700 new jobs will be created when the new facilities open,” she said.

The project includes a new rail link from the Moura short line into the Aldoga industrial precinct north of Gladstone, and a rolling stock maintenance yard and provisioning facilities at Aldoga in the north of the Gladstone State Development Area.

The North Coast line, just east of Yarwun, would effectively quadruple in size.

Work was expected to begin in late 2010/early 2011 and operations in 2013.



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