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Inland rail a trifecta for Toowoomba region: mayor
SECURING an inland rail line for Toowoomba would cap a trifecta for the region, making the Garden City the biggest inland port of Australia, the city's mayor Cr Paul Antonio says.
He said the region was poised to become one of Australia's hot spots for transport and logistics with the region more connected than ever before thanks to a major infrastructure spend.
"The $1.7 billion Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, the advent of the $200 million Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport, and the proposed Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail line all point toward remarkable opportunity for this region," he said.
Toowoomba's emergence as a burgeoning centre for transport and logistics operations will gain additional traction and attention at next month's Transport and Logistics Symposium.
Facilitated by Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise - the group charged with council's higher level economic development - the symposium will run from August 3 to 5 and aims to create awareness about the transport and logistics capability in this region.
"It is fitting that Toowoomba hosts a forum of this nature to explore the remarkable potential such infrastructure is bringing to Toowoomba and eastern Australia more broadly," Cr Antonio said.
"There is a very impressive line-up of speakers, including International players, and we are delighted former Deputy Prime Minister and chair of the national implementation group for the inland rail project, John Anderson, has this week confirmed his attendance," he said.
"Interlink SQ, the Port of Brisbane and FKG are also supporting the event, again pointing to the very real potential for the transport and logistics industry to grow rapidly in the coming years.
"The Toowoomba region is well positioned as an attractive investment option for many transport and logistics firms."
"We have the added advantage of comparatively cheap land for firms looking to expand to take advantage of our improving, integrated transport networks," Mayor Antonio said.
TSBE chief executive officer Shane Charles said that the symposium could not have come at a better time for the region.
"With the long anticipated Inland Rail Project on the horizon, and with developments such as the Toowoomba Enterprise Hub ready to facilitate the transport and logistics abilities this and other major infrastructure projects presents, there is no doubting Toowoomba's future potential is as a major transport and logistics hub," Mr Charles said.
"We are extremely keen to see business, industry and government band together throughout this forum to truly investigate how this potential can be reached."
This article first appeared on www.thechronicle.com.au
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