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Freight and Education Hub project is nearing completion

18.05.2020 Dianne Tipping

The Export Council of Australia (ECA) and Darwin International Airport (DIA) are proud to announce that the infrastructure project involving the development of the Darwin International Airport’s Freight and Education Hub is nearing completion.

The Export Council of Australia (ECA) and Darwin International Airport (DIA) are proud to announce that the infrastructure project involving the development of the Darwin International Airport’s Freight and Education Hub is nearing completion 
This multi-user enabling infrastructure investment involves the development of an approximate $15.6 million Freight and Education Hub. The Hub will enable expanded on-airport freight which will improve the sustainability and profitability of existing international and domestic passenger services and make proposed new direct international services more economically viable and attractive.

Since 2018 the facility has tripled in size to over 6,000m2. The cold storage facility, which was originally 1,908m2 in size, has now increased to approximately 3,000m2. Further, an additional 2,700m2 will be utilised as a dry stores facility. There will also be an office (including the training rooms) of approximately 513m2. Due to the increase in the size of the facility, the total cost of the Project will also increase. DIA expects the total cost of the Project to be approximately $15,658,309, instead of the previous estimate of $10,016,670.

The development and provision of the enabling infrastructure have several salient benefits including:

Key economic benefits

• Contribute to the Northern Territory’s gross state product (GSP) by an additional $10M in 2021 to 2022, increasing 26.8M by 2029-30

• Address critical growth constraints on the agricultural sector which would generate up to $114.9M in additional value added to the NT regional economy over the period 2019-20 to 2029-30 in net present value terms

• The expanded export and freight capabilities would address critical growth constraints on the agricultural sector and generate up to $208M in value-added to the regional economy when fully utilised.

Create significant job growth within the region

• 120 trade and engineering jobs during the construction phase of the project

• 30 jobs of various skillsets to operate the cold storage facility and freight forwarding facility

• 90 jobs on-airport to support the additional wide-body aircraft carrier and movements

• 468 total indirect FTE jobs across the agriculture, tourism, construction, freight and logistics sectors by 2029-30 throughout the region based on a multiplier of four.

The ECA is a proud partner of DIA the owner and operator of Darwin International Airport which is part of the Airport Development Group (ADG) one of the largest privately-owned businesses in the Northern Territory. The Project is the beneficiary of a Federal Government grant under the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) of $4.8M.

 

 
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