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Cloncurry Shire Council is seeking community consultation in regards to a proposed Intermodal Rail Loading Facility situated on the Flinders Highway.
Located 10 kilometres east of Cloncurry, Grand Central Industries has purchased grazing land to build a $30 million, multi-user loading facility to continue the link between the north west and Townsville.
Cloncurry Shire Council Mayor, Greg Campbell, said the facility that would consist of a rail loop into grounds where trucks would deliver mining products or minerals to the dock.
“The company will be looking for a variety of different products whether it be diesel, normal lining consumables as well as concentrates and ore products,” Cr Campbell said.
“I think this loading facility reinforces that we are the central of the north west minerals provenience and this facility really unlocks freight efficiency to the north west.
“We are in the early stages of the process making sure all the requirements are met. However we are very pleased to see investors wanting to invest in Cloncurry.”
Cr Campbell said he was a strong advocate for transporting heavy freight from Cloncurry to Townsville by rail.
“Heavy products that are not time critical should definitely be off the road and transported by rail,” he said.
“We have so many mines out here, so rail is a vital source of transportation.
“Products in and out of Cloncurry can be stock piled at the proposed location until trains are lined up and loaded and essentially send to the port.”
Grand Central Industries spokesperson confirmed the loading facility has substantial government and industry support.
If all requirements are met, construction could start as early as next year.
If you would like to have your say on the proposed development site, visit the Cloncurry Shire Council website.
This article first appeared on www.northqueenslandregister.com.au
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