The Queensland Government successfully secured infrastructure planning funding from the Australian Government Regional Infrastructure Fund (RIF) for the North West Queensland supply chain corridor between Mount Isa and Townsville. This work builds on earlier studies that MITEZ (Mount Isa Townsville Economic Zone) undertook with Queensland Government funding.
The NQRSC project aims to improve the efficiency and productivity of the supply chain by improving coordination amongst infrastructure owners, operators and current and future users to manage the movement of freight along this economically important corridor.
The North Queensland Resources Supply Chain Steering Committee was formed to guide development of this work. The committee’s membership included users, operators and interested parties concerned with the supply chain.
Committee report findings
Between April and December 2013, the Steering Committee oversaw the following studies:
- a comprehensive demand modelling framework
- a supply chain coordination analysis
- a supply chain capacity audit.
A study into the future water demand for mining in the North West Minerals Province was also commissioned in early 2014, building upon the demand modelling framework.
The studies contributed to the development of a recommendation’s report to the Queensland Government by the steering committee. The report identified strategic opportunities to improve operations along the North Queensland supply chain corridor related to:
- enhancing long-term strategic planning and identification of infrastructure upgrade requirements
- day-to-day operations and coordination between corridor operators and participants
- clarity and access for new, smaller entrants seeking export solutions on the corridor.
The recommendations report ( 191 KB) is available to download for reading.
A final meeting of the steering committee was held in Townsville on 9 July 2014.
Operators, users and Government, now coordinate through a working group to implement the findings from the recommendation’s report.
DSD is committed to working with stakeholders to progress the recommendation’s report.
Case management support
DSD also offers a coordinated case management service providing support and advice to business and industry proponents. This includes working with proponents to identify and facilitate potential infrastructure solutions and access opportunities.
An access map ( 2.47 MB) outlining rail, road and port access arrangements on the NQRSC is available to download for viewing.
Project Facilitation (North) Team
Phone: (07) 4758 3444