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Early works are now underway to build an Intermodal Freight Hub at the Ballarat West Employment Zone (BWEZ).

The works will see five serviced lots built at the site – in preparation for major construction to take place on the freight hub next year.

The freight hub will form a critical part of BWEZ, which will drive jobs and economic growth in the region for the next 20 years.

It’ll be constructed on the regional city’s north-west fringe, adjacent to Ballarat Airport, the Western Freeway, existing broad-gauge rail infrastructure and the Ballarat Link Road – giving freight and logistics tenants access to road, rail and aviation infrastructure all from the one location.

Once complete, the freight hub will have the capacity to handle 24,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) per annum to be railed to port.

The terminal, adjacent to the broad-gauge Ballarat-Ararat rail line, will also have three rail sidings capable of accommodating 600m-long freight trains and a substantial concrete hardstand for the efficient loading, unloading and storage of export shipping containers.

Up to 300,000 tonnes of grain per annum is expected to be railed to the terminal where new and existing businesses at BWEZ will process the grain into product such as flour.

The $23.5 million Intermodal Freight Hub is being delivered by the Victorian and Australian Governments – with the Victorian Government contributing $14.4 million and the Australian Government $9.1 million.

An expression of interest for an operator for the site will be released soon.

BWEZ is a $30 million joint initiative between the Victorian Government and the City of Ballarat to support the region’s economic growth over the next 20 years.

We are delivering the BWEZ project in collaboration with Regional Development Victoria and the City of Ballarat.

Updated on 26 May 2023