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Supercharging rapid airfreight access for producers in Cairns

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Air Freight Handling Services (AFHS) is calling for tenders to construct a new Regional Trade Distribution Centre (RTDC) in Cairns, to supercharge rapid airfreight access for agricultural producers. 

“We know that global appetites for Queensland’s world-class produce is growing, and this centre will make it much easier for our producers to export their produce faster and fresher,” Queensland deputy premier and minister for State Development Steven Miles said. 

“It will give Queensland producers easier access to export markets and that means more jobs for Queenslanders. The Palaszczuk government is supporting this key project with up to $10 million in investment through the government’s Jobs and Regional Growth Fund.” 

The RTDC, to be built at Cairns International Airport, would be the second export-focused centre with the other at Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport recently opened in July. 

“This project can be the catalyst for a resurgence in export opportunities in Far North Queensland,” treasurer and minister for Investment Cameron Dick said. 

“A dedicated Regional Trade Distribution Centre gives our farmers, graziers, growers and other producers and processors the best possible opportunity to get their products from paddock to plane to plate as quickly as possible. 

“This includes our fabulous Queensland seafood with growing international demand for crustaceans, fish and prawns, as well as our luscious tropical fruit, vegetables and nuts, and high-quality beef and dairy products.” 

This will be an asset for Cairns and allow regional producers better access to key international markets, particularly in Asia. 

“This means jobs for the Cairns region with up to 30 on-site jobs during construction with further operational jobs and ongoing opportunities through the supply chain once the facility is up and running,” Dick said. 

AFHS is delighted for the project to now start becoming a reality and are pleased to be working with the Queensland government on a facility that will support exports and create new jobs, AFHS managing director Barb Ford said. 

“Our facility will feature state-of-the-art large cold and freezer rooms and both temperature-controlled and ambient transit areas,” Ford said. 

“Advertising for local trades and sub-trades will start from Saturday 18 September, calling for local providers to get involved with this exciting project.” 

Learn more here about how the Queensland government’s Jobs and Regional Growth Fund is supporting similar projects. 

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