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It was published in June 2011, so the information may be out-of-date.
Greater Shepparton City Council today confirmed its commitment to the GV Link intermodal project.
Council General Manager Sustainable Development Dean Rochfort said Councillors had been briefed at today's special Council meeting about progress on the project, which will be built on 331 hectares at 250 Toolamba Road, two kilometres south of the Midland Highway in Mooroopna.
Mr Rochfort said Council hoped to finalise the land acquisition compensation settlement in the 2011-12 financial year and had budgeted for VCAT hearing costs and other associated legal expenses.
"Council views the GV Link intermodal project as a key long-term strategic investment," he said.
"We have allocated $1.63 million in the 2011-12 Budget to finalise the site's design and to cover legal expenses related to compensation for the land.
"This means we will be well and truly ready to proceed with construction once an investor has been secured."
Mr Rochfort said no construction work would proceed on the project until Council had entered in to a contract arrangement with an investor.
He said GV Link would provide greater efficiency for the nation's freight and logistics task as it offered an intermodal transport terminal that linked producers and importers to the Port of Melbourne by rail.
"In addition, it will provide national distribution centres, warehouses, a container park with services for cleaning and repairing containers, trucking depots and general trucking facilities for maintenance and re-fuelling," he said.
Mr Rochfort said Council had already received inquiries from businesses interested in establishing facilities at the GV Link site.