RAILS RUN FOR $8 MILLION WERRIS CREEK FREIGHT CENTRE
Freight trains are expected to be moving containers of timber harvested from the Nundle State Forest within five weeks, Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson said.
Mr Anderson visited the construction site that is the $8 million Werris Creek Freight Centre, hosted by Peter Crawford, Crawfords Freight, along with Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s Mayor, Cr Andrew Hope and General Manager, Ron Van Katwyck.
“This freight centre will be outstanding once completed. It’s a natural fit for Werris Creek, the first railway town in NSW.
“The freight centre is exciting and innovative and it will breathe new life into the town and goes to show if you put the right development in the right location, it will work well.
“Crawfords have the timber contract with Forests NSW to take the pine logs out of the Nundle State Forest and they need to get them to port.
“This will take trucks off the road and get the logs on the rail.
“This freight centre site is about 30 acres with an option for another 15 acres. There’s plenty of room to move and it is a clear indication that regional NSW is ready to do business.
“I’m also really pleased to hear that Crawfords have interviewed 27 people from Werris Creek who had applied for the positions available. They are looking to employ locals as well.
“Werris Creek needs industry and jobs, it needs a boost for its economy and the freight centre is providing exactly what the town needs.
“Regional NSW is ripe for decentralization. You don’t have to be based on the coast. Come to Werris Creek, Gunnedah or Tamworth. We’re establishing the freight networks to move produce to the coast. Come out and have a look,” Mr Anderson concluded.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson MP with Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s Mayor Andrew Hope and Peter Crawford, Crawford’s Freight Centre.