REPRESENTATIVES from Wimmera municipalities toured the Wimmera Intermodal Freight Terminal site at Dooen yesterday for the first time since the first sod was turned.
Horsham councillor and terminal committee chairman Bernard Gross was pleased with the turnout for the bus tour, with representatives from Horsham, Hindmarsh, Yarriambiack and Buloke municipalities as well as representatives from the state and federal governments' project control group, based in Melbourne.
Cr Gross said yesterday provided the committee with an opportunity to see progress on the site and become updated on any planned changes to the terminal's design.
"There have been some design changes, such as a track change and a change with the administration building," Cr Gross said.
"We had $300,000 to build the administration building but the initial estimates came in well above that, so we were able to purchase some existing buildings from GWMWater that we will move to the site."
The group heard that concrete pouring was continuing at a rate of 140 cubic metres a day and should be finish in seven weeks. The site was still due to be completed by the end of the year, although there was a leeway for contractors to finish the site before February 6 because of allowances for wet weather.
Horsham Rural City Council technical services manager David Eltringham said changes to the railway track at the site were made possible by additional funding from Hindmarsh and Yarriambiack shire councils.