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Potatoes, onions, wheat, meat – all the Murraylands' agricultural produce – will be easier to ship interstate and overseas if plans for a freight transfer facility at Monarto come to fruition.
Freight company SCT Logistics plans to build an intermodal hub, where freight would be transferred between road and rail for shipment to port or interstate markets.
The company is waiting for an official go-ahead from the Adelaide-based Development Assessment Commission.
Business development manager Mike Ortenstein said goods from across the Murraylands could potentially be routed through the facility and on to ports and interstate markets.
"There's some wineries around Strathalbyn and Langhorne Creek we could draw from; obviously there's the potatoes, fresh produce, wheat; but volume-wise it'd be wheat that would put the biggest volume through," he said.
He said the length of railway track available at Monarto was another reason SCT had shown an interest.
"That's the biggest attraction for that site – available lineage is pretty scarce around Australia," he said.
"It's the last available flat land before you get to Adelaide, and we all know the issues with (trucks) coming down the hill into Adelaide."
SCT already operates a depot at Penfield, in Adelaide's north, plus facilities in four other states, including one at Bromelton, Queensland which opened in January.
Monarto is its next priority.
Mr Ortenstein said the facility would be a joint venture with Australian Portable Camps.
"We're going to be running the intermodal park, running our trains out there, but APC will be developing it into more," he said.
Monarto will be the next one we look forward to opening up.
"We've already got half a dozen customers who are going to move their operations up into that site."
Australian Portable Camps has not yet responded to a request for comment.
Murray Bridge Mayor Brenton Lewis has also met with a second partyinterested in an intermodal facility in the area, but said that party's plans had not yet reached such an advanced stage.
This article first appeared on www.murrayvalleystandard.com.au
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