Jilalan rail yards get new view

A hillside piece of land is about to be transformed into a lookout that will give residents and visitors an insight into the coal freight industry.

Mackay Mayor Deirdre Comerford joined Aurizon General Manager (Service Delivery Coal North) Catherine Baxter to turn the first sod of the Jilalan Lookout, south of Sarina, to mark the official start of construction.

The lookout is the result of a long standing partnership between Mackay Regional Council and Aurizon, demonstrating the collaboration between government and business.

“This is a tangible result of what can be achieved by forging strong partnerships with a major business in the region to deliver a real benefit to the local community for generations to come,” Mayor Deirdre Comerford said.

The platform and surrounding parkland forms a key part of the Mackay Region Coal Heritage Trail, showcasing the pit to port journey of coal in our area.

Cr Comerford said the Jilalan Rail Yards was a major economic contributor to the area, employing almost 500 locals and carrying an average of 216,000 tonnes of a coal a day.

Aurizon’s Vice President Program Delivery Paul Hoffmann said Aurizon was delighted to partner with council to offer residents and visitors the opportunity to utilise a new public space.

“We are excited to develop such a successful partnership with Mackay Regional Council and are proud to be key proponents in the region’s coal heritage story”.

“Working with local communities is something we are proud of and is a demonstration of Aurizon’s commitment to the region.

Mr Hoffman said the outcome of this partnership is a gesture of thanks to the Mackay region and is a flagship project that will be remembered for years to come”.

Aurizon operates and manages the Central Queensland Coal Network, comprising about 2,670 kilometres of heavy haul rail infrastructure.

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Contact: Mackay Regional Council

Phone: 1300 MACKAY (1300 622 529)

Published: 26 May 2014