Mount Isa’s proposed Transport and Logistics Centre is closer to a reality with the feasibility study complete and funding now approved for a business case through the Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program.
Mayor Joyce McCulloch said building the TLC was critical to the future growth of Mount Isa along with the region’s abundant resources.
“This region continues to grow and will become increasingly reliant on efficient transport methods to ensure the viability of ongoing operations, and Mount Isa is perfectly placed as a major regional centre and gateway to Southern Queensland and also northern and eastern ports.”
The TLC was identified in the 2017 Mount Isa City Council Economic Development Strategy as a key project to improve economic diversity, provide mining support, enhance the competitiveness of transport and logistics, and to provide opportunity for intensified agriculture in the region.
Council and the Mount Isa to Townsville Economic Development Zone (MITEZ) worked in partnership to enable the feasibility study after the TLC was seen as a critical part of the whole supply chain to Townsville.
Cr McCulloch said the TLC would future-proof Mount Isa and help investment in northern Australia, a key policy objective of the federal government.
“As a joint user facility, the TLC would be especially advantageous in underpinning new investment decisions in the region,” she said.
“The TLC would enhance the competitiveness of existing businesses, and reduce the cost of starting a new business.”
Cr McCulloch said the TLC was related to the proposed Mount Isa to Tennant Creek Railway project proposed by the NT, Queensland, and federal governments and also aligned with the state government’s Strategic Blueprint for Queensland’s North West Minerals Province to facilitate resources sector development.
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