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Commercial roadside facilities (CRF)

What is a commercial roadside facility?

A commercial roadside facility is a facility that provides goods and services (such as fuel, food, beverages and rest facilities) to travellers, in a convenient location. Due to the facilities being in convenient locations, and providing the things drivers needs while on their journey, they encourage drivers to stop and take a break, which improves fatigue management and delivering better road safety outcomes across the state’s roads. 

Traveston Commercial Roadside Facility 

(Traveston Road Interchange, Bruce Highway) 

The department sought offers through an Invitation to Offer (ITO) process, from parties with demonstrated experience in owning and operating commercial roadside facilities (CRFs) and driver rest areas (DRAs) to design and construct a CRF and DRA on an approximately 6-hectare parcel of land near the Bruce Highway and Traveston Road interchange.

The Successful Proponent who has been selected to deliver the proposed development is headed by Mr Peter O’Keefe, founder of the iconic Australian branded ‘Matilda’ Fuel Supplies which started in the early 1980’s.

The commercial roadside facility will provide goods and services that encourage road users to break their journey and avoid driver fatigue. It will incorporate a driver rest area that is adequately separated from the road and provides facilities which encourage both light and heavy vehicle drivers to achieve effective rest.

Development of these facilities will create direct employment opportunities in the local area through construction and ongoing operating of the facility, as well as indirectly through an increase in business and economic activity.

Over the longer term, the development will provide an opportunity for the government to progress its Electric Vehicle Superhighway which will provide fast-charge locations for drivers of electric vehicles travelling up and down the length of Queensland.

The State has provided the proponent the ability to develop and operate their facility on the land via a long-term lease arrangement.

Construction was completed in late 2020 with the facility commencing operation of the fuel forecourt, some food and beverage offerings and internal public amenities in November 2020. Final fit-out of the remaining food and beverage areas is being undertaken in early to mid-2021.

Murarrie

The department owns a vacant parcel of land at Murarrie, bounded by Lytton Road and the Port of Brisbane Motorway and within close proximity to the Gateway motorway.

The department is preparing an opportunity to release the site to the market, for development of a commercial roadside facility (CRF) and associated driver rest area (DRA) which will provide goods and services to road users in a convenient location.

A key objective of releasing this opportunity is the potential to deliver facilities that provide drivers, particularly heavy vehicle drivers with mandatory rest obligations, a convenient location to break their journey and achieve effective rest. 

The site will be released to market via a competitive tender process where proponents with suitable experience delivering or operating similar facilities will have an opportunity to submit their interest. The department has completed an open market Expression of Interest (EOI) process and has shortlisted proponents. These proponents will have an opportunity to respond to an Invitation to Offer (ITO) by mid-2021. At the ITO stage, shortlisted proponents will be required to provide more detailed information in order for the department to evaluate development proposals.

The successful proponent will be required to progress development in a timely manner and meet pre-agreed development milestones to deliver the facility as detailed in their proposal.

Last updated
08 July 2021