Marshall Government gives GlobeLink go ahead

The Marshall Government has signed off on the first stage of the development of the GlobeLink Master Plan which will grow South Australia’s economy, boost exports and create more local jobs.

The State Government will issue a tender for the project management and consultation for Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the GlobeLink Master Plan, delivering upon the Government’s 100 day commitment.

“GlobeLink is one of the Marshall Liberal Government’s bold visions to transform South Australia’s economy, grow our exports and create more jobs,” said Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll.

“The issuing of these tender documents is a significant first step to delivering a generational upgrade to South Australia’s freight infrastructure.

“We’re moving quickly to realise this bold vision and will be releasing the tender documents for the first two stages of business plan development within our first 100 days.

“GlobeLink is about growing South Australia’s capacity to export our premium produce to the world.

“South Australia produces some of the best food and beverage in the world and we have a capacity to increase our primary production output, increase exports and bring more dollars into our economy.

“GlobeLink will make road and rail freight more efficient and give South Australian businesses better access to lucrative export markets.

“GlobeLink will divert road and rail freight around the back of the Adelaide Hills, getting heavy trucks off key metropolitan roads and freight trains out of built-up areas.

“Stage 1 of the Master Plan involves problem and opportunity identification and assessment, and Stage 2 will see option development, assessment and shortlisting.

“Given the scale of this initiative, the Master Plan will be developed as part of a multi-stage planning study with a tender for the remaining stages to be issued following the completion of these works.

“As part of the process an Industry Reference Group will be formed that will consist of peak freight, road and rail industry bodies, the primary production sector, local government and a number of other stakeholders.

“This group will ensure we have a thorough and robust consultation process and have a broad cross section of industry around the table.”

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