ALL ABOARD: Chicago Freight’s workshop manager Mick Cooper with one of the brand new locomotives in their Goulburn Depot on Wednesday.A PROPOSAL for freight trains to run treated timber and other goods from Goulburn into the heart of Port Botany for export will be lodged with Goulburn Mulwaree Council this week.
The project would see logs, already cut to length, brought by road from Braidwood to Goulburn.
Following pest control in a special compound on the far eastern side of Chicago’s depot, the timber would be loaded onto wagons and sent to Port Botany for export to China.
It is a joint proposal between Chicago Freight and Qube Logistics Rail Services, which already has a presence in Goulburn, running bulk and containerised grain together with a diverse array of intermodal trains through the city for a number of years.
ALL ABOARD: Chicago Freight’s workshop manager Mick Cooper with one of the brand new locomotives in their Goulburn Depot on Wednesday.
Earlier this month, the project held a Q&A session, in conjunction with the Goulburn Chamber of Commerce.
Some 45 people took part, asking questions about a range of issues, from noise concerns and about the logging process, through to queries about the fumigation methods.
Chicago Freight Rail Services Goulburn workshop manager Mick Cooper said he thought the night went “very well”.
“All questions posed to us were answered by the panel we had there,” Mr Cooper said.
“There were some concerns about the Methyl bromide, which is used to fumigate the logs, but these were all answered, everyone with concerns seemed satisfied.
“There was an understanding that it’s not the best product to use, but it’s the only product we can use that is accepted by both the Australian and Chinese governments.
“We had some questions about potential noise increases too, but since the Q&A evening we’ve had some noise surveys completed and it comes well within the standards.”
While the project, if approved, will see one train a week leave the Goulburn depot, there’s scope for increased movements if the demand is there.
Already, Mr Cooper has been approached from a number of other companies who are keen to utilise the railway to ship their goods to Sydney – potentially adding 210 containers of goods per month.
“I’ve had a phone call this week from the Forestry people, who are looking at buying 11,000ha of forest to export over the next four years.”
The Development Application includes details on the logging process, the application of the Methyl Bromide, and loading and unloading of the wagons.
“The operation will predominately be done during daylight hours,” Mr Cooper said.
“This project isn’t going to make a great difference to the landscape of the place, but what it will do is eventually bring upwards of 10 jobs into Goulburn, with the flow-on effect of securing this depot’s future.”
If the project is approved, two reach stackers and pest control specialists will join log processors to provide new employment opportunities in Goulburn.
Another Q&A night is planned for early September, once the development application has been submitted to Council.
Anyone who wants to know more about the project can contact Mr Cooper on 0428 040 241, or email [email protected] services南京夜网419论坛.
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