SCT is a national, multi-modal transport and logistics business that was established in 1974.
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The benefits of building a facility in Parkes
In 2006, SCT created a world-class rail terminal in Parkes at the National Logistics Hub in Regional NSW. Parkes is located in the Central West and Orana region, an area known for agribusiness and mining. It is also home to the recently announced Special Activation Precinct (SAP) which will turbocharge business opportunities across the region.
Since starting operations at Parkes, SCT has seen significant growth in volumes transported through the intermodal facility, with a 26% increase achieved over recent years.
“We chose Parkes as a rail terminal site because the town is located between the major Australian cities of Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Having a rail terminal in Parkes reduces the average distance that freight needs to travel to reach major markets throughout Australia and to ports for export, significantly lowering transport costs in distribution, said Glenn Smith CEO.”
Government and private investment
The NSW Government has nominated Parkes as its first Special Activation Precinct. This means the government is investing in infrastructure for the town’s economic development, as well as fast-tracking planning and approval processes to support businesses and investors.
The NSW Government recognises Parkes as the ideal location for a national freight and logistics hub, bringing regional suppliers closer to their customers.
Room for anticipated growth
Parkes offered enough land for the construction of SCT’s terminal and the potential to expand and upgrade facilities to cater for increased demand.
SCT anticipates significantly more growth in coming years, especially when inland rail services start. With construction of the $10 billion Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail underway, access to markets will improve and freight costs drop.
Corridor upgrades of the Great Western and Newell Highways, future development of the Bells Line of Road, and upgrades to key rail infrastructure will stimulate more growth and create opportunities to improve freight productivity.
“We believe significant opportunities are ahead for more companies to invest in the Parkes area.”