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BRAD Webb is as proud as punch and why shouldn't he be?
You would be too if your local company was constructing one of the biggest rail container terminals built in Queensland in a generation.
The $47 million complex for Toll Holdings is rising out of the dust at Stuart and nearing completion - far from the boardroom dramas afflicting Toll and its Pacific National rail joint venture operator Patrick Corp.
Toll has launched a $4.1 billion takeover for Patrick.
Construction of buildings is just about complete and landscaping including some 2500 trees to line its Bruce Highway boundary will start soon.
Pacific National has been operating trains into the facility for about six months where Toll subsidiary QRX operates a container terminal.
Bohle-based industrial developer the BM Webb Group will have done just about everything on the 52ha site except the laying of railway track which was contracted to Queensland Rail.
The local developer even constructed its own culverts for storm water drains.
"We have done everything, town planning, environmental, engineering, the whole thing," Mr Webb said.
"It's been an interesting job for us."
Laid off from a diesel fitting apprenticeship, Webb was a home builder and trucking business operator before launching industrial land development company BM Webb Group.
When asked by a Toll representative if he knew anything about rail, Webb said he'd been around rail all his life.
He grew up beside the north coast line at Stuart and still lives there.
"I have always lived around railway lines," he said with a smile.
The Stuart development is one of the largest civil works jobs in the State.
About 1.2 million tonnes of earth have been shifted or moved on to site and 28,000 tonnes of asphalt has been laid for roadways and hard-stand areas.
Some 15,000 cubic metres of concrete will have been used for structures including locomotive and wagon maintenance sheds, QRX warehouse and distribution centre and Pacific National office.
The locomotive shed includes a raised provisioning area where locos can be fuelled at 450 litres a minute and a washdown area where all water is recycled.
A maintenance area includes heavy lifting jacks capable of raising the 120-tonne locos for changing of bogies.
Toll has big plans for the site.
Earlier this year, Toll Holdings managing director Paul Little said the company would like to bring other parts of its business and other freight companies on to the site.
Construction of the long-awaited port access corridor from Stuart to the port would also add value to the area.
Webb said the road should be built sooner rather than later.
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