Parliamentary Secretary for Western NSW, The Hon. Rick Colless MLC visited Parkes today to announce $8.485 million in funding to deliver crucial service infrastructure extensions to the Parkes National Logistics Hub (PNLH), under the Growing Local Economies Fund (GLEF).
The GLEF is part of the NSW Government’s $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund, designed to support long-term economic growth and create jobs in regional New South Wales.
The project will see Parkes Shire Council carry out various upgrades to access roads, water, power, gas and communications infrastructure, all of which are vital to facilitate and support future developments and investment within the PNLH precinct.
Parkes Shire Councillor Alan Ward thanked the NSW Government for its significant investment in the Parkes National Logistics Hub.
"The Hub has been a long-term vision of Council and we are now one step closer to establishing Parkes as the State's first inland port," Cr Ward said.
"Parkes is uniquely positioned at the intersection of the East West rail line, the North South Newell Highway and the new $10 billion Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail, which provides immense opportunities for logistics, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution."
"Delivering these essential services for the Hub will facilitate the developments currently underway within the precinct and drive further investment in our region."
Upgrades include extending existing services along Broglan Road by a further three kilometres to Coopers Lane, road train access, buried fibre optic, powerline upgrades and gas connection to four sites within the Hub precinct.
Pacific National CEO Dean Dalla Valle congratulated the NSW Government for continuing to support Parkes as the epicentre for future freight movements in regional Australia.
“Pacific National is proud to be part of Parkes. When our logistics terminal is completed later this year, it will support 100 skilled jobs and allow 1,800-metre freight trains to haul double-stacked containers between Parkes and Perth."
“Once the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail project is complete, regional enterprises can use Parkes as the launching pad to transport goods and commodities to and from the ports of Botany, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.”
SCT Group CEO, Glenn Smith said "we are delighted with the announcement of the funding provided by the NSW State Government to deliver crucial service infrastructure for the Parkes HUB."
"These improvements will achieve continuous source of power and improved technology connections and speed to SCT’s intermodal Hub which encompasses 330 hectares. It has been waiting for this announcement for many years".
"We congratulate the Parkes Council in their efforts to support the local region. SCT Group is committed to growth in the region with the support of the council and its current and future regional businesses.”
In July 2018, Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro announced that the first allocation of the Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund would be spent on scoping studies and planning works to establish regional New South Wales’ first special activation precinct in Parkes, including an inland port.
For more information about the Parkes National Logistics Hub, visit www.parkeshub.com.au