CQ Inland Port at Yamala near Emerald.
CQ Inland Port at Yamala near Emerald. Contributed

Inland Port project makes progress in Central Queensland

OPPORTUNITIES for Central Queensland to become an export hub continue to grow, with the proposed Inland Port site at Yamala unveiled last week.

The site, 25km east of Emerald, was one of the main development opportunities discussed at the Central Highlands Investing In Our Future Conference.

The Inland Port would act as a docking point for the region's rail and road supply chain, with the aim of creating a more efficient system.

The project would allow goods to be handled in bulk and freight to be containerised, with the agriculture, resource and beef sectors making more use of rail freight.

It will offer a range of services including warehousing and cold storage options, cleaning, repairs and inspection of containers, quarantine, pre-assembly, packing, unpacking and value adding.

CQ Inland Port proponent Alan Stent-Smith gave over 20 people a briefing on the project's progress at the Yamala site during the conference last week.

"With over 240 hectares already approved to include an intermodal road/rail facility, state of the art grain terminal, and over 40 opportunities for industry to set up at a flood free, well buffered site, the Inland Port is integral to the Central Highlands' future," he said.

"I see the growth potential for this region covering horticulture, agriculture, and resources.

"Central Queensland is the location that can make the most of these opportunities with everything necessary to build and grow the region.

"These include improving infrastructure, a skilled workforce, good soil, innovative agricultural culture and practices and manufacturing expertise."

The grazier is currently in the midst of harvesting a chickpea crop and said there was a vital need for efficient bulk rail services and the ability to containerise commodities.

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