By TONY FOSTER
THIS month we were delighted to officially welcome Toll Transport’s relocation to Brighton’s Industrial Estate with its announced $25-million investment in southern freight infrastructure.
The company is Tasmania’s biggest freight carrier and this multi-million investment is a strong sign of confidence in our municipality and in particular, our Industrial Estate and the Transport Hub.
We were also delighted that our Premier Lara Giddings could officiate in a sod-turning event on this milestone day.
The sod turning was the realisation of some years of vision, perseverance, and perhaps a little frustration on my part, for the establishment of the Industrial Estate and the Transport Hub.
It’s just on 16 years ago since I stood on Dudley Clark’s industrial land with then Premier, Tony Rundle and announced that this would be the site of Brighton’s Transport Hub for southern Tasmania. Sixteen years ago it was visionary and it was perseverance that got us to where we are today.
Council’s investment in road infrastructure, water and sewerage works has totalled more than $500,000, a clear indication we were very serious about this being the centre for transport for this part of the State.
Some years ago we began an intensive marketing campaign to highlight to prospective businesses how ideal was the Industrial Estate and how convenient the Transport Hub is for their transport needs linking them to the rest of the State. Two of the initial re-locaters to the Industrial Estate were Tasbulk (John Kennedy) and SRT Logistics (Jim Miller) and we thank those businesses for their faith in us, and commitment to our municipality.
Toll’s investment is not insignificant. The main building is some 14.6 square metres comprising a warehouse, crossdock, drive-through area and workshop. The development will also contain a temperature-controlled store, main office building, truck wash building, dangerous goods store and a pedestrian overpass linking the car park to the warehouse/freight forwarding building. It will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and employ 125 staff, which in itself will be a major boost to our municipality’s economy through employees moving closer to their employer and also providing work for local people. The development will have the capacity to accommodate 73 parked trailers and approximately 288 external containers.
With Toll now consolidating its decision to move to Brighton, your Council will once again, begin an intensive marketing campaign to encourage other businesses to consider re-locating to the Industrial Estate and to make the most of the benefits that this entails. At the same time, we are grateful for Toll’s vote of confidence in our community and we look forward to the completion of this important development in 2014.