THE establishment of the Brighton Transport Hub took another step forward with Australia’s largest mover of freight, Toll Group, lodging a development application for the construction of its multi-million dollar custom-designed warehouse and facilities at the new site.
The warehouse development will see Toll established as the anchor tenant at TasRail’s new intermodal freight terminal at Brighton, as announced in December last year.
Toll’s application, lodged early last month, will be subject to the normal planning processes, with Brighton Council expected to consider it at a meeting early this month.
Brighton Mayor Tony Foster said lodging of the development application was an encouraging next step in the growth of the Brighton Transport Hub and a strong show of confidence in the facility.
Toll has already negotiated a long-term lease on the site and has a long-term freight haulage agreement with TasRail that will see an increased use of rail transport. The new warehouse facility is based on a similar development in Perth, Western Australia, with construction expected to be completed by April 2014.
Toll’s operations will relocate to Brighton from Macquarie Point on the Hobart waterfront.
Cr Foster said he was confident the development could proceed without delay.
“This is good news for Brighton and good news for Tasmania. The investment is significant and it will bring economic activity and employment to our region,” Cr Foster said.
“It is the strongest possible confirmation that the Transport Hub is rapidly progressing and in little more than 12 months will be the centre of freight operations for southern Tasmania.
“Toll is Australia’s largest freight shipper and the major shipper of goods between Tasmania and the mainland, moving the equivalent of 150,000 20ft containers and approximately 10,000 cars across Bass Strait each year.
“It is a major employer in Tasmania and to have the company and its operations as the key tenant at the Brighton Transport Hub represents a great step forward,” Cr Foster said.
Toll Domestic Forwarding Divisional Director Paul Ebsworth said Toll’s move to the Brighton Transport Hub further cemented Toll’s standing as Tasmania’s and Australia’s largest provider of transport and logistics.
“Toll is proud to be the key tenant in the new Brighton Transport Hub development,” Mr Ebsworth said.
“We have been a supporter of the development of the Brighton precinct for many years, which is why we originally purchased land there more than 10 years ago.
“This development will set the standard for intermodal freight in Tasmania for decades to come.
“We see this as a long-term investment in Tasmania’s freight future, which has obvious flow-on economic benefits for the state,” he said.
The Brighton Transport Hub will bring new efficiency to Tasmania’s freight services and will significantly enhance the movement of goods between the north and south of the State.