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Type: Audio Visual Recording
Title: Yamala Feeder Roads Options by Gerhard Joubert
Authors: Joubert, Gerhard
Tags: Feeder Road System Design;Transport Planning
Issue Date: Oct-2018
Publisher: Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia Queensland
Abstract: The Yamala Enterprise Area (YEA) incorporating the CQ Inland Port (CQIP) is a transformative regional initiative including the development of an Intermodal Facility and supporting feeder road network. Located 22km east of Emerald with 360ha of land zoned ‘special industry’ and a further 1,640ha of land zoned ‘industry investigation’. The $100m project will be realised through investment from the Central Highlands Regional Council, GrainCorp, private proponents, Commonwealth and Queensland Governments. The Yamala Feeder Roads Options Study by SMEC, completed July 2017, was undertaken to provide improved road network connectivity to the proposed YEA, for agricultural producers within the Priority Agriculture Area (PAA) study area. The PAA is bounded by the towns of Emerald, Springsure, Rolleston and Comet. Mining activity, e.g. the proposed Springsure Creek Mine, in the area may also significantly affect the traffic on the road network and was considered in the options assessment. The three phase study was progressed based around: • Phase 1 - Preliminary Investigations, included desktop data review, on-site inspections and targeted consultation to allow the initial development of 12 possible route options. • Phase 2 - Stakeholder Consultation, involved presentation of 6 different route options to the stakeholders, including CHRC, agricultural producers and industry; and reporting these outcomes. This phase addressed the core objective of this study, to undertake an evidence based analysis to provide improved road network connectivity for agricultural producers within the PAA study area to the YEA. • Phase 3 - Preferred Option Development, required the development of preferred options, based on consultation, to allow Council to apply for future grant funding for implementation. Building upon this qualitative and quantitative data sets a Multi-Criteria Assessment (MCA) process helped determine a preferred route option from the 6 options. This preferred option was then assessed through a Benefit Cost Analysis. The final report made recommendations to progress with Option 1, as being the preferred option, after extensive consultation with stakeholders. CHRC is currently proceeding with the planning, design, approvals and a business case for future grant funding opportunities. The initial concept cost estimates was $18m. A Benefit Cost Assessment (BCA) of Option 1 was undertaken using the Australian Transport Assessment and Planning’s (ATAP) “Rapid Cost Benefit Analysis” approach to provide an insight into the likely costs and benefits of this proposed option. This is an industry standard approach for this phase of a route feasibility study and is particularly apt when there are data constraints, as found in this study. The project is deemed feasible with a BCR of 1.29 returned at a discount rate of 6% and importantly has the support of the stakeholder, including farming community as the primary users of this route. If this project proceeds, it is likely to capture more of the indirect and wider benefits of the proposed improved access, e.g. road safety, stimulation of new and expanded economic growth, promotion of tourism, etc. Further the opportunity to capitalise on existing funding programs, CHRC road renewal programs and road upgrades through development approval conditions for mining leases.
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