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Deputy Premier, Troy Grant, will today open the Western Riverina Intermodal Freight Terminal (WRIFT) at Wumbulgul between Griffith and Leeton in the New South Wales Riverina.
The facility is expected to be the eventual home of Patrick's Riverina Freight Terminal in the Griffith CBD.
The Member for Murray, Adrian Piccoli, says the new terminal will provide an economic boost to the region.
"This project, there's already $42.5 million committed to it," he said.
"It's going to produce over 100 new jobs so it's a fantastic opportunity, but the key is making sure that we keep as competitive as possible and a large part of that is how competitive our freight is, particularly moving from road freight onto rail freight."
Mr Piccoli says the area has taken a hit under the Murray Darling Basin Plan but the terminal will help agriculture to stay competitive.
"With all of the developments going on both grain, together with the wineries in the MIA, together with the cotton development, this is absolutely critical because it's absolutely essential that those producers get their products out onto rail, onto the ships and exported as cheaply as possible," he said.
"We've been hit hard by the Murray Darling Basin Plan.
"We've got to move on and to move on we need to make sure we are producing as much as we can with what we've got, but then we have the freight options in order, to get them, particularly out of the country, to those export markets as cheaply as possible."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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