Construction on the next stage of the Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics (RIFL) hub is under way, which will enable the 60-hectare Bomen Industrial Precinct in Wagga Wagga to export freight across Australia and the globe.
The upgrade for the 60-hectare precinct includes construction of an intermodal terminal for the transfer of containers between road and rail, and 4.9km master rail siding servicing the terminal.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro, who was on site for the first official sod turn, said the $43.7 million investment from the NSW Government combined with significant investment from Wagga Wagga City Council and commercial partner Visy Logistics will create vital jobs in the Riverina.
“This precinct will make Wagga Wagga a major player in domestic and international freight export, making the town even more attractive to local and international businesses,” Barilaro said.
“This intermodal facility will be a world-class business hub servicing the region’s advanced manufacturing, recycling and renewables industries and help local businesses reap the benefits of the Inland Rail and Wagga Wagga Special Activation Precinct.”
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the RIFL hub, the Inland Rail and the Wagga Wagga Special Activation Precinct will work hand in hand to fast-track access to national and international markets for regional businesses and products.
“When completed, this hub will give regional businesses ready and cost-effective access to markets across Australia and around the world, and there’s never been a more important time as we recover from drought, bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic,” Toole said.
“It’s also going to reduce the number of trucks moving through the Wagga Wagga central business district, giving local roads back to the local community.”
Construction is expected to be completed by mid-2022.