Demand for hub grows
WITH hundreds of trucks going through Rockhampton each day, it came as no surprise to Frank Munnich, who heads up the movement for an intermodal logistics hub in the region, when the first pre-feasibility report showed there was a demand for a hub.
Mr Munnich has received the first pre-feasibility study from the AEC Group, which focused on an analysis of demand from a wide range of users.
"The report indicates there is a very high demand for road traffic flow in the Rockhampton/Gladstone region," he said.
"For the interstate users, that's where the demand lies.
"This is for traffic travelling north-south as well as east-west."
Mr Munnich said AEC were given commodities to look at for this report, including transporting construction materials, machinery and parts, food distribution, fuel distribution and general freight.
"In the past 12 months, just under one million tonnes of fuel has passed through the Yeppen roundabout," he said.
"Forecasts are that industry out west is going to grow by 10% per year over the next five years. You can imagine what the fuel increase usage is going to be.
"We've asked AEC to do up a fuel increase forecast going through Yeppen roundabout as a result of this report's findings."
Mr Munnich said it had been found that big companies had a need to store massive amounts of construction materials on lockable sites, under big sheds, to deter thefts.
"What has emerged there is a demand for good quality large storage areas," he said.
From here, Mr Munnich said AEC had been asked to include more participants and report back with a recommend location in CQ for a hub.
"They need to do a financial feasibility for Central Queensland and where its (hub) is going to be located," he said.
"If it stacks up, we will move on a full feasibility study and that will cost in the region of $400,000.
"The next report will be at the end of January and what we expect to see there is to confirm the need for those commodities and volumes and it should indicate to us where the hub should be located.
"It's looking very positive."
In the past 12 months, just under one million tonnes of fuel has pass through Yeppen roundabout
5500 trucks - the equivalent of 20 ft containers - go through Rockhampton each day, from the south along the Bruce Highway.