The State Government will soon call for Expressions of Interest from freight and logistics firms to purchase land for the establishment of a Freight Hub in the new Ballarat West Employment Zone (BWEZ).
BWEZ is an exciting 438 hectare industrial subdivision being developed by the Victorian Government and the City of Ballarat. BWEZ aims to attract manufacturing, freight and logistics, construction and other employers to take advantage of Ballarat’s rapid growth, ideal location, high quality workforce and lifestyle. The Stage 1 BWEZ subdivision works will be completed in mid-2016 and the first major land sale to exporter Broadbent Grain has been announced, with further sales expected in coming months.
The BWEZ vision includes establishment of a Freight Hub on 24 hectares of land within Stage 1 of BWEZ, to support improved freight efficiency and productivity of the region’s supply chains. The Freight Hub will be home to one or more operators offering a range of freight and logistics solutions.
Roads within BWEZ, the Freight Hub and the new Ballarat Link Road have been designed to accommodate high productivity freight vehicles (HPFVs). The BWEZ Freight Hub is just 1km from the Western Freeway, which is also being upgraded to accommodate HPFVs and is at the junction of the Glenelg, Sunraysia and Midland Highways. The Freight Hub site is located alongside the broad gauge Melbourne to Ararat rail line with access to the Port of Melbourne and the Geelong Port.
Major Projects Victoria is expecting to launch an Expression of Interest process on or about Thursday 10 December 2015 for sale or lease off-the-plan of up to 24 hectares of serviced land within the BWEZ Freight Hub to firms looking to establish:
- Road, rail and intermodal transport operations, including truck parking, weighbridge and other public or shared facilities
- Freight handling, storage, deconsolidation and consolidation activities including containerisation of goods
- Manufacturing activities, particularly food/ fibre /beverage and agricultural product value-adding, producing significant quantities of outbound or inbound freight, that could benefit from immediate access to efficient freight services in the Freight Hub.
The Commonwealth Government has committed $9.1 million towards developing public infrastructure within the Freight Hub.
The EOI will close on 11 February 2016.
For further information see www.bwez.com.au