The development of future mining operations in the Galilee Basin directed attention to the need for long term planning to address issues that would potentially impact supply chain efficiencies and connectivity in the region.

The federally funded Central Queensland Transport Supply Chain Study (CQTSCS) initiated by the Department of State Development and Infrastructure and Planning (DSDIP) explores a modal shift of certain commodities from road to rail in Central Queensland.

Consideration is being given to the establishment of an inland port to facilitate the modal shift from road to rail of mining inputs (fuel, cement, chemicals) and agricultural exports (grain, cotton, citrus).  A modal shift of these commodities from road to rail would likely support new trade and marketing opportunities for an above rail operator.

Rail based logistics solutions being proposed have a state wide focus on the rail system connecting the ports of Gladstone and Mackay to the resource areas of the Bowen and Galilee basins.

Emerald is being considered as the location for the proposed inland port due to it proximity to new mining operations in the Galilee basin area and cotton, grain and citrus agriculture.

The QTLC together with Transport and Main Roads will hold the Central Queensland Supply Chain Forum, seeking input from regional business and industry leaders on factors underpinning supply chain optimisation.

The forum will be held in conjunction with the Central Highlands Development Corporation (CHDC) breakfast to be held on 21 February 2014 in Emerald.  For more information and to register please CLICK HERE.