This hub will allow road to rail transfers for cattle moving down from the Central West and North West to the Oakey and Toowoomba region meatworks, which, due to cattle tick free zones, are off limits to rail deliveries via the coast. In the past cattle that had travelled by rail down the North Coast Line had to be dipped at Helidon, but this practice was discontinued during the 1990s as more cattle were directly delivered by road through the inland tick-free zones. Up to 200,000 cattle per annum are currently moved via the Warrego Highway/Western Line corridors (with most on the Warrego Highway rather than rail). By comparison Aurizon's typical rail task from the North West and Central West to Rockhampton and Brisbane is around 300,000 cattle per annum.
In December the Queensland Country Life reported Watco was in talks Murweh Regional Council to supply rail based logistics for the hub.