Moree is celebrating the announcement of a $3.4 million grant by the NSW Government to build roads and improve access around the Moree Intermodal Park.
The upgrades are part of the Council’s Strategic Transport Plan to ensure the Shire is ‘Inland Rail ready’ by the time the rail line is upgraded.
Stage one will allow Moree Plains Shire Council to establish the North-South Link, which is a key part of its Inland Rail program and comprises of:
The construction of a section of new road connecting Tapscott’s Road to Burrington Road south of the Louis Dreyfus Company site and north Council’s Evergreen Precinct
An upgrade of an existing unsealed and flood-prone road running parallel to the Newell Highway east of the Inland Rail corridor linking to major intermodal facilities and the Moree Intermodal Park
The funding comes from the NSW Government’s Growing Local Economies Fund which is part of the $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund that’s designed to support economic growth and creates jobs in regional NSW.
This project will go well beyond the typical piecemeal approach to transport and logistics planning and will ensure that the entire Moree Plains region has a well informed and developed a strategic approach to future logistics requirements and utilisation of the improved rail access so as to unlock the full agricultural potential of the Shire.
The project will develop logistics as a key economic driver for the future growth of the Moree Plains region and will create additional economic opportunities beyond simply meeting current freight demand. This will include attracting new industry to the region and value-adding to current industry sectors.