Freight hub a major project for Ballarat

A FREIGHT hub in Ballarat’s employment zone will be another key piece in the jigsaw of the major project. 

CEO of the Committee for Ballarat, John Kilgour, Chair of the Committee for Ballarat, Ms Judy Verlin AM and Minister for Regional Services, Local Communities and Territories, the Member for Ballarat, Catherine King at the proposed freight hub site.

CEO of the Committee for Ballarat, John Kilgour, Chair of the Committee for Ballarat, Ms Judy Verlin AM and Minister for Regional Services, Local Communities and Territories, the Member for Ballarat, Catherine King at the proposed freight hub site.

The hub was one of the few major wins for Ballarat in the Tuesday’s federal budget with high profile cuts taking the shine of some of the infrastructure projects for the region. 

Committee for Ballarat chair Judy Verlin said the hub would be a key link for transport companies who often travelled between Melbourne and Adelaide.

“This creates the diversity of the site,” she said.

Mrs Verlin said the site would have access to road, rail and air providing a site where freight could be interchanged and sent to other parts of the state. 

The employment zone was a key focus in the state budget with a $30.2 million investment to kickstart the project. 

The hub is to be developed in four stages, beginning with a focus on road freight.

C.E Bartlett managing director Keith Bartlett said the location for the hub would very close to his business’s facility and was pleased with the announcement.

However, Mr Batlett said more detail was needed on the project with little known about what will actually be contained in the hub. 

“It will take a while to unfold but in principle it is a great idea,” he said. 

“It is a very good thing, as a company we move a lot of freight to Melbourne and elsewhere.

“It is part of a much bigger picture and Ballarat is looking into the future which is great.” 

Infrastructure Minister Warren Truss was unavailable for comment.

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