Council hails Toll hub investment

BRIGHTON Council has welcomed the major investment by Toll Tasmania in its new transport and freight facility at the Brighton Transport Hub.

Toll’s new $24-million headquarters were officially opened by Premier Will Hodgman and consolidates the company’s southern Tasmanian operations.

Toll Group managing director Brian Kruger, left and Premier of Tasmania Will Hodgman, with Brighton Mayor Foster.

The 17,000 square metre transport facility, covering 6.8 hectares, will handle general and refrigerated freight, warehousing and distribution services and container storage for domestic and international shipping. It follows TasRail’s relocation to the Transport Hub in 2013.

In his speech to open the complex, the Premier congratulated Brighton Mayor Tony Foster who he said was the extremely proud father of a very big baby.

Mayor Foster said the opening of the Toll facility represented a significant economic development for Brighton and an indication of great confidence in the municipality.

“Council has worked long and hard for this development and we are extremely pleased to welcome Toll to Brighton,” Cr Foster said.

“Toll only commenced site work on the project in July 2013 and it is opened and doing business a little over one-year later.

“The company is Tasmania’s biggest freight carrier and this multi-million investment is also strong sign of confidence in our state’s future.

“The project has already create jobs through the construction phase and having a more efficient transport system creates opportunities and jobs across the economy.

“At the same time, it 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.

Brighton Council now plans to aggressively promote the Brighton Industrial Estate to encourage more businesses to locate adjacent to the Transport Hub.

“Brighton offers considerable advantages for business – available and well-serviced industrial land, a supportive Council, ready access to natural gas and electricity, a nearby workforce and now close proximity to a modern transport and distribution facility.

“Brighton is on the cusp of a major development phase and Council will continue its efforts to promote economic growth and provide the best possible opportunities, services and facilities for our community,” Cr Foster said.

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