Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL) CEO, Roy Cummins, welcomed today’s release of the ‘SEQ City Deal Proposition’ by the State Government and SEQ Council of Mayors, which includes ‘supercharging the SEQ Trade and Enterprise Spine’ by connecting the Port of Brisbane to Inland Rail.
“I congratulate the State Government and SEQ Councils on their vision to support SEQ’s continued growth and economic prosperity without compromising the region’s enviable lifestyle and sense of community,” said Mr Cummins.
“As the SEQ City Deal Proposition states, connecting the Port of Brisbane to Inland Rail via a Port Connection is crucial to this. We can supercharge our supply chain network while also transferring containerised freight from road to rail, potentially taking millions of trucks off our roads.
“That means less traffic congestion, safer roads, less pollution, and a lower cost supply chain network.
“Put simply, a dedicated freight rail connection to the Port of Brisbane could be an economic, social and environmental game changer for south-east Queensland, and we stand ready to work with all Governments in order to see it delivered.
“Population and trade growth are intrinsically linked, which is why the Port of Brisbane and the way freight moves around our region is central to this region’s economic future. Managing this growth sustainably and responsibly is core to the Port of Brisbane’s mission, which is why we strongly support today’s announcement.
“We welcome the Federal Government’s comments today indicating its willingness to work with the state and local governments on this important bipartisan initiative. We must all work together to make a Port Connection and the broader SEQ City Deal a reality.”