Michelle Reynolds, CEO InterLink SQ. Wednesday May 4 , 2016.
Michelle Reynolds, CEO InterLink SQ. Wednesday May 4 , 2016. Nev Madsen

RAIL HUB: $20 million in projects up for grabs

MILLIONS of dollars worth of projects are up for grabs for Toowoomba region businesses, with the $235 million rail transfer station Interlink SQ announcing a new procurement process.

Businesses are being asked to bid for construction works on stages 1 and 2 of the massive rail hub project.

InterLinkSQ chief executive officer Michelle Reynolds said the projects would be worth between $15 and $20 million.

The company is specifically targeting local companies for the projects.

Ms Reynolds said she hoped to have the tenders finalised before Christmas.

Construction could start as early as January next year.

Stages 1 and 2 will include:

  • About 1.2km of road and associated infrastructure including the construction of a large Type 2 Road Train accessible roundabout.
  • About  1.5 kilometres of the major drainage open channel works, requiring an estimated 150,000 cubic metres of bulk earthworks.
  • About 1 kilometre of underground stormwater drainage pipes.
  • Two major culvert structures
  • 2km of water reticulation
  • 1.4km of sewerage reticulation

The InterLinkSQ Request for Expressions of Interest document will be issued through the Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise business network and will also be available directly from InterLinkSQ.

TSBE general manager - Surat Basin Supply Chain Reagan Parle said the lobby group was working with its members and assisting with the procurement process.

"Our projects team is delighted to be working with InterLinkSQ on early engagement of the supply chain," Mr Parle said.

"It's a first of its kind project for our region and we have all heard about it in concept, so this development milestone is an important one. "We are pleased to be a major part of the process."

Ms Reynolds said this was an exciting announcement that would have significant flow-on of economic benefits to the Toowoomba region.

Interlink SQ general manager - Commercial and Development Blair Batts
Interlink SQ general manager - Commercial and Development Blair Batts

"We are well on track towards InterLinkSQ becoming a major hub for freight moving between metropolitan centres including Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Darwin" Mrs Reynolds said.

"The InterLinkSQ project is about more than building rail and road connections, it's about servicing the community through the provision of critical infrastructure and modal choice to help the region's businesses and producers to improve their national and international competitiveness through increasing supply chain efficiency."

Mrs Reynolds said the project would build Toowoomba's prosperity and give opportunities for local businesses to benefit from the construction and operation of the site.

"We are focused on providing benefits to our community and the result in this instance is the opportunity to work with TSBE to engage with local contractors and suppliers in the delivery of this project."

The completed InterLinkSQ project (including the InterLink Global Industrial Centre and InterLink Industrial) is expected to contribute $110m to the Queensland economy through the construction phase and a further $1.075b in the operational phase, 80% of which is expected to be generated in the Toowoomba Local Government Area.

Contractors will have an opportunity to look at the InterLinkSQ site at an Open Day being held as part of the current process tomorrow.

InterlinkSQ is backed by about 80 Toowoomba-based investors.

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