The NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet has issued an Expression of Interest for a new freight hub in the Lower Hunter Valley.
The two components of the EOI for Consultancy Services - Freight Hub in the Hunter Project are:
- the conduct of a demand and infrastructure analysis; and
- the development of a broad structure plan
The Lower Hunter Regional Strategy (LHRS, 2006) identified the Hunter's potential to expand its freight handling capability. The Strategy also identified a need to ‘identify and preserve land for a freight hub’ as well as the need to investigate transport infrastructure requirements to support the hub.
The land identified as the potential site for the Hunter Freight Hub is in the proximity of the Newcastle Port and close to the New England and Pacific Highways at Beresfield. While the development of the Hunter Freight Hub will occur in the medium to long term, a broad structure plan is required to ensure that the precinct optimises employment and conservation outcomes. In particular, a broad structure plan will ensure that sufficient industrial land is set aside for the project.
The broad structure plan will also act as a guide for industry, enabling them to target future investment and maximise opportunities that could arise from the development of the precinct. It also enables government to forecast well in advance any further infrastructure developments that would be required to support the precinct.
The EOI closes on the 23 October.