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Remote community freight contracts

The remote community freight contracts are targeted at reducing freight related cost of living pressures in communities that face disadvantage in terms of freight market competitiveness.  

Communities include:

  • Northern Peninsula, Torres Strait and Gulf region
  • South West Queensland region

Northern Peninsula, Torres Strait and Gulf region

In the Northern Peninsula, Torres Strait and Gulf region, the funding package will be delivered through a Remote Communities Freight Assistance Scheme.

This scheme will be applied through a freight discount on purchases of eligible essential goods from participating retailers located within the community. 

Eligible essential goods include: 

  • fruit and vegetables
  • meat and dairy
  • frozen goods
  • groceries

The scheme will be delivered by the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) from early 2024.

All businesses located within the Northern Peninsula, Torres Strait and Gulf region selling eligible essential goods are encouraged to apply to participate in the scheme. 

Find out more about the scheme, including how to apply

South West Queensland region

To assist with reducing the freight related costs of living pressures, we are currently implementing a new freight funding package for the local government areas of: 

  • Balonne
  • Bulloo
  • Murweh
  • Paroo
  • Quilpie.

A procurement process is underway to support and reduce the cost of freight movements along the Warrego Highway and Balonne Highway supply chains.


Last updated 11 January 2024