Taking Shape! Milestones for RiFL Hub at Bomen
Published: 08 Jul 2022 2:09pm
Construction of the multi-million-dollar Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics (RiFL) Hub at Bomen in Wagga Wagga is forging ahead, with the terminal site almost complete and ready for handover to Visy Logistics.
The second stage of the project includes construction of rail siding and signalling works, funded through the NSW Government Fixing Country Rail Program, and intermodal terminal infrastructure required to load and unload freight on the main southern rail network between Melbourne and Sydney.
Visy Logistics will operate and manage the RiFL Hub terminal and master siding under a Public Private Partnership with Wagga Wagga City Council.
Wagga Wagga City Council Executive Manager – Major Projects Darryl Woods said it was a significant step to be able to hand over the terminal site to Visy.
“This phase of the Stage 2 work involved laying down one million pavers for the terminal hardstand beside the new master rail siding and installing services, including lighting, fire water systems and 3-phase power supply for refrigerated containers,” Mr Woods said.
“Getting that finished has been a priority as Visy Logistics are our main partner in the project and giving them early access means they can come in now and start preparing for the commencement of operations in October.”
Construction Supervisor - Civil Infrastructure Projects, Matthew Casley, said works have been progressing well on the Bomen Enterprise Area 60-hectare industrial subdivision, Stage 3 of the RiFL Hub project, which is funded through the NSW Government Growing Local Economies fund.
“Storm water and sewer are done and we are now working on getting electrical and potable water services installed, as well as street lighting and NBN fibre network,” Mr Casley said.
The Growing Local Economies grant has also funded construction of a concrete intersection connecting the terminal site and industrial subdivision to the existing Merino Road roundabout.
It features a total of 40,000 square meters of concrete and all the pavements have been designed to cater for hundreds of heavy vehicle (B-Triple and A-Double equivalents) movements per day.
Once the RiFL Hub and Industrial subdivision are operational there will be substantial activity through the precinct.
Construction Supervisor - Civil Infrastructure Projects Matthew Casley said works have been progressing well on the 60-hectare industrial subdivision - Stage 3 of the RiFL Hub project, which is funded through the NSW Government Restart NSW – Growing Local Economies Program.
“Storm water and sewer are done and we are now working on getting electrical and potable water services installed, as well as street lighting and NBN fibre network.” Mr Casley said.
“The RiFL Hub is the biggest project Council has undertaken and it is a landmark development for Wagga Wagga and the surrounding region,” Mr Casley said.
“It will transform opportunities for transportation of goods in and out of this area and has the potential to drive the economic future of the city for decades to come.”
The RiFL Hub project including the Bomen Enterprise Area – services and subdivision has been funded by the NSW Government through the Fixing Country Rail program and Growing Local Economies fund, Wagga Wagga City Council and Visy Logistics.