THE South Australian Government last week announced approval of zoning changes that will allow for the expansion of Australia's largest inland port facility, Bowmans Intermodal Terminal, to help connect South Australian businesses with markets.
Planning Minister John Rau said the changes double the size of the industrial zone at Bowmans, which is located approximately 100 kilometres north of Adelaide, between Port Wakefield and Balaklava.
"This rezoning will increase the amount of industrial land available to business and stimulate development in and around Bowmans, providing additional jobs for Adelaide's north," Mr Rau said, describing it as a major freight route for South Australia and an important region for the state's economy.
"The rezoning provides the opportunity for additional agricultural and mining related goods to be stored in the short term and transferred from rail to road transport and vice versa, assisting the journey to export markets," the Minister said.
"The land rezoned is located next to the Adelaide to Darwin rail line and has the potential to service mining and agricultural activities that are located in the State's Far North and interstate."
The changes also include guidance to manage storm water, traffic and interfaces with neighbouring development.
In 2012, the Bowmans Intermodal Terminal was upgraded to improve traffic flows and marshalling and make it faster and more efficient to transfer containers from trucks to rail. The project was jointly funded by the Federal ($2 million) and South Australian ($268,000) governments, as well as Balco Australia Pty Ltd ($1.8 million).