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Published Monday 17 May 2021
Tags:General, Media Release

Calls to build the Beveridge Intermodal Freight Terminal

Mitchell Shire Council, along with the Northern Councils Alliance, welcomes the Federal Government’s 2021 Budget commitment to the development of an intermodal freight terminal in Melbourne and is calling on the Victorian State Government to support the development of the Beveridge Intermodal Freight Terminal (BIFT).

The Terminal is a vital project that will support Mitchell Shire’s Big Build to maintain a healthy, connected, and sustainable community.

The BIFT will bring 20,000 jobs to the area and is a city-shaping, legacy project which will support neighbouring economies and be a significant ongoing job generator.

Mitchell Shire Council is calling on the Victorian State Government to work with the Federal Government to commit to the delivery of the BIFT. This commitment will support local jobs, invest in diverse industries and provide a strategically located intermodal freight terminal.

Beveridge is in an ideal location for the terminal with its proximity to the Hume Freeway, Australia’s National Highway, and the Inland Rail. The BIFT provides the best opportunity to unlock the potential of Inland Rail.

The Beveridge Intermodal Freight Terminal will transform Australia’s freight and logistics network.

The BIFT is recognised as a transformational project in the North and West Melbourne City Deal Plan. The City Deal is critical to connect the major employment precincts across the region and improve economic growth, liveability, health and wellbeing.

For Victoria to succeed, Melbourne’s North needs to succeed. There is an immediate need to ensure a strategic approach to planning for infrastructure, jobs, and the provision of vital services in the region – the BIFT realises this.

Mitchell Shire’s Big Build highlights a further seven transformational projects that will assist in the community’s recovery from the impacts of COVID-19 and provide a boost for the Shire’s future.

  • Cameron’s Lane – Hume Freeway Diamond Interchange
  • Wallan Regional Park
  • Greenhill Reserve Sport, Recreational and Environmental Precinct
  • Kilmore Bypass
  • Kilmore Learning and Community Hub
  • Seymour Community Wellbeing Hub
  • Puckapunyal Tank and Artillery Museum
Comments from Mayor Cr Rhonda Sanderson

"We are about to enter Mitchell’s Big Build era and we are working hard to secure funding through external stakeholders to transform our community," she said.

"Beveridge is positioned perfectly for the Beveridge Intermodal Freight Terminal. The BIFT and the Cameron’s Lane Interchange projects are crucial to creating a healthy, connected, and sustainable community now and into the future.

"The BIFT will bring 20,000 ongoing jobs to Melbourne’s north. This will support the north as it continues to grow over the coming decades. Now is the time for the State Government to invest in local jobs for our region.”

"We’re positioned perfectly, Beveridge is the natural gateway from Melbourne to the rest of the country. With the Hume Freeway, the future Inland Rail and Beveridge Intermodal Freight Terminal, it is central to Australia’s freight and transportation network."

This page was last updated on 15 June 2021.