Gippland Logistics Precinct (GLP/GIFT) - Discussion thread

 
  cabidass Chief Train Controller

There has been various discussions about the Gippsland Logistics Precinct (GLP) and the former Gippsland Intermodal Freight Terminal (GIFT) in Morwell/Mid Valley in recent times. As well as discussion on the Qube freight terminal at Australian Paper (AP/APM) at Maryvale.

There has also been very recent announcements that the Port-Rail Shuttle will go ahead:
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/portrail-shuttle-back-on-table-to-remove-3500-trucks-off-roads-20170819-gxzu7r.html
Discussion here ----> https://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11384992.htm

Given this recent announcement to get trucks off the road, and other recent attempts to stimulate the Latrobe Valley/Latrobe City economy in the wake of Hazelwood's closure, it's feasible an announcement on the GLP could be in the near future.

It is my understanding through previous discussions and investigations, that the state government and local council are actively working on the GLP proposal. And a new updated masterplan will follow shortly after present discussions. To use their words "it is an active proposal"

Therefore given conversation was scattered across a multitude of threads, it makes sense to have a dedicated spot to discuss it comprehensively, as things develop.

So, what do you think on the development?
What would you like to see?
Do you support it?
And do you have any information on the development that you can share and enlighten us with?


Previous discussion:

Gippsland Rail Revivial
https://www.railpage.com.au/f-p2065842.htm#2065842
https://www.railpage.com.au/f-p2068257.htm#2068257

All cashed up and nowhere to spend - 2017
https://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11395460.htm

GIFT another step closer - 2012
https://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11371023.htm

Current Freight on the Gippsland Line - 2011
https://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11359900.htm

Planning moves ahead for Gippsland Logistics Precinct - 2009
https://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11348876.htm

Morwell freight terminal facilities removed - 2006
https://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11314591.htm

BECA - Morwell Logistics Masterplan - 2005
http://www.seats.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/MorwellLogisticsPrecinctMasterPlan.pdf

Project Implementation Plan - 2009
http://www.latrobe.vic.gov.au/files/55fa051a-fb47-4618-865f-a0c300f2d74d/Gippsland_Logistics_Precinct_Project_Plan_adopted_6_April_2009.pdf.

Budget Announcement - 2015
http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/gippsland-home-to-new-jobs-industries-and-families/

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  MetroFemme Assistant Commissioner

A brilliant summary.
  trainbrain Chief Commissioner

its back
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
its back
trainbrain

correct Confused AAAHHHH

BigShunter.
  cabidass Chief Train Controller

its back
trainbrain
It never left. Wink
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
its back
It never left. Wink
cabidass

It's still here, then Rolling Eyes

BigShunter.
  gippslander Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Gippsland, Vic
Whilst there is nothing physically apparent happening at the GLP, works to rebuild the entire Australian Paper branchline from Morwell East to Maryvale have been racing along during the past 10 ten days. Rail & concrete sleepers delivered - the latter being inserted from the Mill precinct end, currently about half way along. They have been paying particular attention to some of the really bad mudspots, with large quantities of fouled ballast/soil removed.
This is a major works cycle with a large group of personnel and equipment - much needed and will hopefully keep paper on rail for a long time.
  Bogong Chief Commissioner

Location: Essendon Aerodrome circa 1980
Great news, hopefully the Maryvale paper train will run for many decades to come.

I have a feeling it may become the last broad gauge freight train in Victoria, reminiscent of the late, lamented "Stoney" which was the last BG freight train in South Australia.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Great stuff Cabidass, keep 'em coming. Doesn't look like world class traffic management there, very un-Victorian!

BG
  cabidass Chief Train Controller

Ah most of it was on the reserve, so plenty of room for the traffic. These were taken at about 10am on a Friday, so everyone was on brew I think.

You have to watch those NBN/Comms contractors. Some of them like to skirt the rules.

Now all I have to do is figure out this Railpage gallery. *jumps in head first*
  thekingoffoxes Chief Train Controller

Had a fly by but I confused the GIFT with the Morwell siding to the east of the Paper Mill.
Here are the results.



https://youtu.be/r22Gq00-710
  ARodH Chief Train Controller

Location: East Oakleigh, Vic
Okay, I doubt that E wagon's meant to be at the end of that siding.
  cabidass Chief Train Controller

Great vid. Thanks for sharing.
  cabidass Chief Train Controller

Gippsland Logistics Precinct gets a few mil... Yay!

"Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford and Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today announced more than $5.3 million for the Gippsland Logistics Precinct Stage 2 Infrastructure works on Tramway Road in Morwell, creating new opportunities for industry development and creating more local jobs."


https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/gippsland-logistics-precinct-set-to-create-more-jobs/
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
Gippsland Logistics Precinct gets a few mil... Yay!

"Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford and Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today announced more than $5.3 million for the Gippsland Logistics Precinct Stage 2 Infrastructure works on Tramway Road in Morwell, creating new opportunities for industry development and creating more local jobs."


https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/gippsland-logistics-precinct-set-to-create-more-jobs/
cabidass

This was quite and prior to the budget period also.  

Post this stage what will be have? is the pay for sidings into the business park the same way Wodonga has been established?
  skitz Chief Commissioner

Gippsland Logistics Precinct gets a few mil... Yay!

"Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford and Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today announced more than $5.3 million for the Gippsland Logistics Precinct Stage 2 Infrastructure works on Tramway Road in Morwell, creating new opportunities for industry development and creating more local jobs."


https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/gippsland-logistics-precinct-set-to-create-more-jobs/
cabidass
The cynic in me says nothing is carried from there now, so what is going to be carried from there after?  

Given the downturn in industrial activity aligned to Hazelwood, its ort of does not add up to anything that the current state of play cannot handle anyway.  Its is something aligned to the HCMT traction equipment business?

It seems like a big open ended spend to me.   Maybe add to the list of funds the Latrobe Valley Authority is having trouble accounting for.
  jakar Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
"Stage 1 works also improved logistics at the Gippsland Intermodal Freight terminal and realigned marshalling tracks in the rail yard, which will benefit future tenants and freight users at the Gippsland Logistics Precinct."

I am assuming that they are actually referring to the mill site and not the GIFT siding? The only work I have seen done to the GIFT site is the removal of the frog from the UP end points to the siding preventing any access from that end.
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
There would still be plenty of inbound goods to the area.
  trainbrain Chief Commissioner

can someone pass me the smelling salts, it has returned, head for the hills...............just when we thought it was safe...........Sad
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
The articles states the marshalling tracks have been changed.  Does this refer to Morwell yard area?
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
The articles states the marshalling tracks have been changed.  Does this refer to Morwell yard area?
bevans
Morwell yard has long gone, only the mainline and a loop that extends to the former briquette spur (now a dead end siding used to stable track maintenance machines)

It was planed a long time ago to extend the GIFT siding at the up end (nothing came of It)
  cabidass Chief Train Controller

Hmmm. Ok, to answer your questions:

The site is the big shed between Mid Valley Circuit and Enterprise drive:



It is an open ended agreement, in that there is no tenant yet. It is a project council is serious about, and it owns the land to the south between the shed and the freeway. (More info online and in the thread at the opening post).

Council is in negotiations, and it appears they have a tenant on the cards, pending this investment. Of course, time will tell.

Win news video link from tonight explaining more (Facebook)

https://www.facebook.com/9NewsGippsland/videos/2067605223511397/

There is not exactly a 'downturn' since the closure of Hazelwood, but rather a shift in dynamics. The state government is heavily investing in this region, in part because it is a marginal seat. It is a special economic zone whereby businesses are given certain discounts to set up shop here. The government has secured the rail trucks to be built here not far from this site, and another business is expanding from the peninsula area.

http://www.latrobevalleyexpress.com.au/story/5299494/steeled-for-new-jobs/

http://www.latrobevalleyexpress.com.au/story/5286007/train-project-brings-new-jobs-to-the-valley/

Not that these two will necessarily be utilised by this site, but moreso that there is significant investment in this region.

There are also plans to open up the AP siding for shared use as indicated in the above video link, as well as the probable construction of a 'waste to energy' plant at AP as well.

http://www.latrobevalleyexpress.com.au/story/5155617/waste-energy-information-centre-opened/

Also, announced today by sir Trumbell..

http://www.afr.com/business/mining/coal/agl-energys-loy-yang-a-to-host-500m-hydrogen-pilot-project-20180411-h0ym0k


So somewhere in that mix, with all that investment, there will be renewed confidence to invest in this region for products that can be shipped by rail. Add that to the fact that trucking companies can't find drivers...

https://www.countrynews.com.au/@news/2018/04/11/103700/truck-driver-shortage-is-looming-1

And the fact that unemployment is actually lower at this stage despite HW closure,

http://www.latrobevalleyexpress.com.au/story/5318001/positives-one-year-on/

..and things for the first time in my life time living here, are looking up.
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
Love the post above by @cabidass outlining the opportunities and here is another one

  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
Love the post above by @cabidass outlining the opportunities and here is another one

x31
Love the supporters poster in the background.   I thought that AGL were "getting out of coal"!

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