Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics Hub
Update at July 2019
The supporting road network:
The Bomen Enabling Roads project ($35m) was completed and officially opened in November 2017
The Eunony Bridge upgrade construction is expected to commence in late 2019 following the closing of tenders in June 2019.
The Riverina Freight & Logistics Hub:
In August 2018, Visy Logistics partnered with Wagga Wagga City Council on the proposed Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics (RiFL) Hub with the aim of the Public-Private Partnership being for Visy Logistics to support the construction of the freight terminal and then operate the freight terminal on a long-term lease.
Funding for the construction of the 5.8km master rail siding and the freight terminal have been announced.
A funding submission for Stage 3 of RiFL – the Bomen Industrial Precinct adjacent to RiFL, is currently being assessed by the State Government.
In early 2019, the State Government designated the Bomen Industrial Park as a Special Activation Precinct. Special Activation Precincts will be delivered as part of the $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund and now incorporates the RiFL Hub.
The Wagga Wagga Special Activation Precinct (SAP) will capitalise on the inland rail, and focus on advanced manufacturing, agribusiness, and freight & logistics. Key elements of a SAP include: faster and easier planning processes, government-led development in some locations, investment in infrastructure, coordinated land-use and infrastructure planning and business concierge services to help businesses start up in the Special Activation Precinct.
Wagga Wagga City Council recently announced the strategic acquisition of 250 hectares of land in the precinct to assist in the future development.
Committee for Wagga was invited to contribute to the Community and Social Infrastructure Assessment that supports the Wagga Wagga SAP Master Plan.
The development of a modern, efficient and strategically located freight hub at Wagga Wagga will strengthen the regional economy and create opportunities for businesses looking to relocate from metropolitan areas and establish in regional NSW.
Construction of the necessary infrastructure and road network to enable the RIFL Hub will be completed in 2017. These works are considered as Stage 1 of the project and represent a significant step towards the project becoming a reality. Stage 2 of the project involves the development of rail infrastructure required to load and unload freight travelling along the line linking Melbourne and Sydney. Immediately following the completion of the enabling roads a private sector operator is required to partner with Wagga Wagga City Council to establish and operate the rail terminal component of the project, critically important to ensuring the core objectives of the project and investment in stage 1 is realised to its full potential.
The RIFL Hub will deliver the following benefits to Wagga Wagga and the broader region:
Enable regional businesses to trade more effectively with national and international markets through access to cost effective transport and logistics.
Reduce road freight movements within the Wagga Wagga central business area and establish a central distribution point within the Bomen Business Park.
Reduce carbon emissions by encouraging more freight to be moved on rail.
Improve the efficiency of the transport and logistics industry by reducing operating costs.
Encourage commercial development within the Bomen Business Park through the potential to attract businesses seeking greenfield industrial sites adjacent to a cost effective transport hub.
The RIFL Hub will benefit from Wagga Wagga’s advantageous location at the junction point of the Sturt and Olympic Highways and mid-point on the railway line linking Sydney and Melbourne. More than 41 million tonnes of freight is moved annually between NSW and Victoria, and 6 million tonnes is moved between NSW and South Australia, figures that are projected to double by 2030. In addition, rail freight volumes moving between Melbourne and Brisbane will rise significantly as the Inland Rail route is established and completed over the next 10 years. Funding for the Inland Rail Project is confirmed, with $8.4B committed as part of the 2017/18 Federal Budget. The project will be one of the most important general freight routes in Australia and strategically located intermodal hubs along the corridor are required to service current and future demand.
Freight volumes across NSW are projected to double by 2030 and triple by 2050.
Cost Estimate: Yes
Wagga Wagga City Council
Committee 4 Wagga
Continue to actively pursue the economic development opportunities presented by the RIFL Hub and the Bomen Business Park.