About the project
The Tamworth Intermodal Freight Facility will be built on Goddard Lane at Westdale, adjacent to the rail corridor. The site is within the Tamworth Global Gateway Park development.
The project aims to capitalise on the vision of the NSW Government for increasing levels of freight to be transported in containers by rail. It is seen as a growth industry which would benefit the regional economy.
A facility of its type in Tamworth is expected to encourage new industry opportunities as well as support and facilitate economic development.
The Tamworth Intermodal Freight Facility is one of the most significant logistics infrastructure projects to be undertaken in regional Australia and is the catalyst for the Tamworth Global Gateway Park. It will enable suppliers, businesses and producers to have competitive access to ports for exports, opening Tamworth up to the rest of the world. It will serve as a regional hub and also be a destination for inbound freight.
Qube Logistics was chosen by Council - through an Expressions of Interest process - as the preferred company to design, construct and operate the facility.
Council is in the final stages of negotiations with Qube to build and operate the Intermodal Freight Terminal.
Once the contract is finalised, the construction of the Intermodal Freight Facility will commence. We anticipate that this will occur within the next couple of months.
Cost and funding
Following an Expressions of Interest process, Qube Logistics was chosen by Council to build and operate the facility. Qube will fund and develop all the infrastructure required for the operation of the facility with the exception of the rail line to the existing rail corridor which will be delivered by Council (in consultation with Transport for NSW) and funded by the Department of Regional NSW.
In June 2020, the Australian Government announced $2,202,291 through its Building Better Regions Fund to go towards the construction of roadways, a roundabout and utilities services linking access roads to the terminal. To obtain this funding, Council is required to match it with a further $2,202,291.
As of December 2020, the design of the intermodal site has been finalised and a development application has been lodged for the operation of the facility.