March 17, 2017

Opportunities surrounding the establishment of a freight hub in Deniliquin will be explored further at a public business forum and dinner next month.

Coordinated by Edward River Council and Deniliquin Business Chamber, it will be held Monday, April 10 at the Deniliquin RSL Club.

The keynote speaker will be Wagner Group director John Wagner, with whom council is working to create the freight hub which would expedite regional produce exports.

Facilitating the forum will be former local Robbie Sefton, who is managing director of strategic rural and regional communication strategies company Sefton & Associates.

Edward River Council administrator Ashley Hall said invitations have been extended to NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey, as well as Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley and NSW Member for Murray Adrian Piccoli.

It is hoped they will form a ‘Q&A’ panel on the night.

Mr Hall said the visit to Deniliquin by Mr Wagner was already scheduled, to continue discussions with linking a freight hub from Deniliquin with his successful hub at Toowoomba’s Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport.

Based on the support shown by Ms Sefton and the guests of the recent Back to Business Week breakfast in Deniliquin, Mr Hall said there was scope to open up discussions to members of the community wanting to learn more.

‘‘We got a really good response to the project at the business breakfast, and given the announcement of a similar project being explored in Victoria, we took the initiative to organise the event,’’ Mr Hall said.

‘‘Following that Victorian announcement we spoke with John and he gave his support that he’s still committed to the memorandum of understanding he has with council.

‘‘He had agreed to come to Deniliquin to see the facility first hand.

‘‘At this forum, the business community can hear what he has to say and what we’re trying to achieve.

‘‘The more people that can see our vision, the more chance we have of making it reality.’’

The cost to attend the dinner is $20 per person. Book by calling the Deniliquin Business Chamber on 58812621 or email

~ Zoe McMaugh

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