The Australian Government has announced a A$9.6m investment in the Bromelton intermodal rail freight precinct project in south-east Queensland.

The investment in intermodal infrastructure is part of round two of the government’s National Stronger Regions Fund.

Benefitting the Bromelton State Development Area, west of the Gold Coast, the new intermodal facility will include 6km of new rail track.

The project to build the A$30m intermodal freight terminal at Bromelton has been given to SCT Logistics.

"Submissions made to this round were very competitive and the standard of applications higher than the previous round."

Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said: "More than A$293m in funding for 111 projects that have been successful under round two of the National Stronger Regions Fund, including the Bromelton Intermodal Rail Freight Precinct project.

"Submissions made to this round were very competitive and the standard of applications higher than the previous round. This shows that applicants have thought seriously about how well their project addresses the objectives of the fund.

"Funding is supporting investment in a diverse range of infrastructure nationwide, from transport infrastructure to tourism, cultural, sporting and healthcare facilities.

"These projects are identified as priority infrastructure by local communities, and the fund particularly encourages communities to form partnerships between not-for-profit organisations, local, state and territory governments, as well as the private sector."

The new intermodal facility will create 500 medium-term, on-site jobs and 1,000 in the longer term, according to local federal member Scott Buchholz.

Construction is scheduled to start by the end of next year with the terminal likely to be open in early 2018.

Following completion, the new intermodal facility will support the transfer of about 795,000t of freight annually between 2020 and 2021.

It will also improve south-east Queensland’s economy by increasing efficiencies in rail freight transport and providing better access for industry to markets.