THE State Government and Brighton Council have welcomed Toll Tasmania’s $25-million investment in southern freight infrastructure.
Premier Lara Giddings and Brighton Mayor Tony Foster were speaking at the celebration of the start of construction of Toll’s new headquarters at the Brighton Transport Hub.
The project follow’s TasRail’s relocation to the Hub last year.
“The company is Tasmania’s biggest freight carrier and this multi-million investment is a strong sign of confidence in our state’s future.
“Not only will this project create jobs in the construction phase, we know that having a more efficient transport system creates opportunities and jobs across the economy.
“Freight really is the lifeblood of our community, be it exports of valuable refined metals, agricultural products, fine food products and newsprint, or imported consumer goods.
Ms Giddings said the recent State Budget included $1.5 million to construct a second hardstand area at the Hub.
Toll will also make a joint contribution of $1.5 million to the hardstand project over the next four years.
“The Hub was designed with future expansion in mind and we’ve agreed to jointly fund a second hardstand because we recognise the importance of the Brighton Hub to Tasmania’s freight industry and the State economy in general.
“This additional hardstand will allow freight to be loaded and unloaded off trains on both sides of the railway line.”
The additional infrastructure at the Hub complements the work that has already been done by TasRail, including achieving rail safety accreditation for the site and setting up maintenance workshops.
Tony Foster welcomed the development.
“The entire construction is due to be completed in less than a year which is excellent for such a large development,” Cr Foster said.
“At the same time, this is a very important development for our community. It will help stimulate our local economy with employees gradually moving in to the municipality to be nearer their employer, as well providing employment for local people in our community.
“Being close to the Transport Hub will also be a significant strategic and economic advantage to many businesses and industries in southern Tasmania through efficiencies gained by the Hub’s proximity.
“Brighton is also proud of the growth of the Transport Hub which will significantly reduce travel times between southern Tasmania and the Bell Bay and Burnie ports, and that means lower costs and greater efficiencies for businesses.”
“Clearly the Toll development bodes very well for the future of the Brighton Industrial Estate, the municipality and the region as a whole,” Cr Foster said.