Construction set to kick off on Cairns freight hub
The State Government is supporting the development of the new Regional Trade Distribution Centre (RTDC) with an investment of up to $10 million.
“Air Freight Handling Services (AFHS) is establishing a Regional Trade Distribution Centre (RTDC) in Cairns that will supercharge rapid airfreight access for agricultural producers, and aid Far North Queensland’s economic recovery,” Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles said.
“We know that global appetites for Queensland’s world-class produce is growing, and this centre will make it much easier for our producers to export their produce faster and fresher.
“It will give Queensland producers easier access to export markets and that means more jobs for Queenslanders.”
The RTDC at Cairns International Airport will be the second export-focused centre of its kind, with the other at Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport opened in late July.
AFHS managing director Barb Ford said the group was delighted for the project to now start becoming a reality.
“Our facility will feature state-of-the-art large cold and freezer rooms, and both temperature-controlled and ambient transit areas,” Ms Ford said.
“Advertising for local trades and sub-trades will start from Saturday 18 September, calling for local providers to get involved with this exciting project.”
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