Inland Rail announces $80,000 funding for local community groups

The Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations Program has announced the twenty-three schools, community groups and associations along the Inland Rail alignment that will receive a combined $80,000 from the fourteenth round of its funding — taking total funds awarded by the program to over $930,000.

September 28, 2022

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The latest round of funding is the largest since the Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations Program started in 2019 and takes the total number of projects receiving funding from the program to 289.

Funding from the Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations Program supports short-term or one-off initiatives like local festivals and celebrations, school STEM initiatives, upgrading sporting facilities, and supporting health and wellbeing groups.

Nominations for the next round of funding from the Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations Program are now open. Applications close Monday, October 31st.

Stephen Jones, Inland Rail Director of Health, Safety and Environment said:

“We are proud to give back to the communities that are home to Inland Rail. The work these organisations do is instrumental to the wellbeing of regional communities.

“The Community Sponsorships and Donations program is just one example of how we ensure that communities benefit from this nation-building project and that we leave a positive legacy in the regions along the Inland Rail alignment.”

“We offer funding between $1000–$4000 for groups and organisations that operate along the Inland Rail route and contribute to local and regional prosperity, well-being, and sustainability. These funds will directly benefit the community through supporting vital local initiatives.

“I encourage other non-profit groups to lodge their applications for the next round of funding.”

For terms and conditions and to access an application form, please visit or email enquiries to

The full list of recipients for Round 14 funding are as follows:

Murray Railway Modellers Annual Train ShowMurray Railway ModellersAlbury City CouncilNSW
Caragabal Sheep RacesCaragabal Country Golf Club LtdWeddin Shire CouncilNSW
Recycling of Cotton PlasticGwydir Industries IncMoree Plains Shire CouncilNSW
2022 Gold Rush BallYoung Aggies Moree IncorporatedMoree Plains Shire CouncilNSW
Purchase of new printer to publish community newsletterLions Club of Lockhart IncLockhart Shire CouncilNSW
20 years on - Dinner Under the Starstwo eight two eightCoonamble Shire CouncilNSW
75th Anniversary Junee Roundhouse Celebrations Regional Heritage Transport Association - Junee IncJunee Shire Council NSW
Meei Street Art ProjectMoree Cultural Art Foundation LtdMoree Plains Shire CouncilNSW
Narromine Extension - Building a to scale replica of the Parkes to Narromine rail lineRotary Club of DubboDubbo Regional CouncilNSW
Quandialla Swimming Club and Swimming Club MedalsQuandialla Swimming Club IncorporatedWeddin Shire CouncilNSW
Installation of Soft Fall in play areaGoondiwindi KindergartenGoondiwindi Regional CouncilQLD
Year 10 STEM Heron Island Advance Science CampBeaudesert State High SchoolScenic Rim Regional CouncilQLD
Provision of art and literacy workshops to at-risk Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander childrenThe Child Writes FundToowoomba Regional CouncilQLD
Koori Ko Rugby League Carnival NSWToowoomba Valleys Rugby League Club IncToowoomba Regional CouncilQLD
Millmerran State School Inland Rail Equipment ProjectMillmerran State School P&C AssnToowoomba Regional CouncilQLD
Sprint Racing Event and Arthur Postle Gift RacePittsworth Leagues Club IncToowoomba Regional CouncilQLD
Finishing installation of external fencing around cemetery groundsGrandchester Cemetery TrustCity of IpswichQLD
Purchase of 2.4m HD Arena DragGoondiwindi & District Campdraft AssociationGoondiwindi Regional CouncilQLD
Installation of Gutter Guard around workshopsKilmore District Men's Shed IncMitchell Shire CouncilVIC
"The Last Hoorah" ExhibitionBenalla Art GalleryBenalla Rural CityVIC
Grade 6 Canberra CampGlenrowan Primary SchoolRural City of WangarattaVIC
Bridging the Murray River between Wodonga and AlburyWodonga Historical SocietyRegional City of WodongaVIC
Greta Recreation Reserve playground upgradeGreta Sporting Complex IncRural City of WangarattaVIC

September 28, 2022

The whole program Sponsorship Media release