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Parkes is set to be the epicentre of regional growth and opportunity with the opening of the $35 million Parkes Logistics Terminal by Pacific National, joining SCT Logistics and Linfox to connect to the Liberal and Nationals Government’s $9.3 billion investment in the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack was onsite for the opening of the new Logistics Terminal, the private sector investment that will enhance productivity from Inland Rail and bring an additional 90 jobs based at the Terminal.
“The Nationals have been driving the Inland Rail agenda for decades, knowing this nation-building project would be pivotal for regional farmers and small businesses and now we are delivering it. This is a game-changer for Australian freight,” Mr McCormack said.
“Construction started on the Parkes to Narromine leg of Inland Rail almost one year ago and already it has proven a boom for local small businesses while also creating almost 900 new jobs-370 of which are local people.
“Building Inland Rail is the impetus our regions need to see critical investment in their communities, supporting future growth and opportunities, the likes of which have not been seen in decades.
“I am so excited about this nation-building project because it opens opportunities for farmers and regional businesses that would otherwise not be possible and Parkes is brilliantly geographically located to be the epicentre of Inland Rail’s success.
“As industry’s confidence in Inland Rail grows there will be more investment in our regions supporting local jobs and opportunities, as well as faster, more efficient freight and supply chains that help build end to end benefits for producers and consumers.
“Australia’s freight network gets petrol to our service stations, fresh food to our supermarkets and medicines to our hospitals and chemists.”
Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann said the Inland Rail project will help ensure a more resilient economy and support regional businesses.
“Inland Rail will provide long term economic returns for regional Australia and benefit our national economy by moving freight to markets more efficiently and at lower costs,” Senator Cormann said.
Minister for Regional Services, Decentralisation and Local Government Mark Coulton said regional Australia is uniquely placed to support private sector investment in our communities.
This article first appeared on www.miragenews.com
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