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  • Ministerial Release - Inland Rail’s $13.3 billion value add to boost regional Australia - 16 March 2020

    14 days ago
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    Regional communities across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland will benefit from the boost of up to $13.3 billion in Gross Regional Product over the next 50 years off the back of Inland Rail’s construction according to a new report released by the Australian Government.

    The in-depth study by EY (formerly Ernst & Young) demonstrates the potential for complementary industry investment alongside the rail line to generate billions in added value for regional communities over the first 50 years of operation.

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack welcomed the report as further proof...

    Regional communities across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland will benefit from the boost of up to $13.3 billion in Gross Regional Product over the next 50 years off the back of Inland Rail’s construction according to a new report released by the Australian Government.

    The in-depth study by EY (formerly Ernst & Young) demonstrates the potential for complementary industry investment alongside the rail line to generate billions in added value for regional communities over the first 50 years of operation.

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack welcomed the report as further proof of Inland Rail’s long-term contribution to the growth of regional Australia.

    “Inland Rail is an investment that we know has enormous payback for regional Australia 10, 30 and 50 years down the track,” Mr McCormack said.

    “Inland Rail is going to draw industry to regional Australia where the enhanced freight rail network will connect companies and consumers both domestically and internationally.

    “This new EY report identifies the benefit to Gross Regional Product along the alignment could be up to $13.3 billion over the next 50 years. That is massive for regional Australia and builds on the 16,000 jobs and $16 billion economic boost generated during construction and operation.

    “What the EY report is assessing is the additional benefit to communities from the opportunities that arise for local businesses and people from the completion of Inland Rail. For example, it might be a cereal manufacturer whose freight costs drop by 30% allowing the employment of additional staff, or it might be the expansion of regional processing that takes advantage of Inland Rail’s lower coat and greater capacity and connectivity.

    “These investments could support an additional 14,000-16,000 job years in its first decade of operation — that’s 1,600 people working full time for 10 years thanks to Inland Rail.

    “With Inland Rail, our regional communities are primed to take advantage of the manufacturing, packing facilities, meat processing plants, regional airports and distribution centres that will establish and expand around the rail line.

    “The benefits of this project are going to be felt across generations. Right now, young people from regional areas are directly benefiting from working on Inland Rail’s construction including the 656 locals who have worked on the project in the Parkes region and the more than $75 million spent with local businesses.

    “The EY report shows their children and grandchildren will also have opportunities in the new and expanding industries gathering to take advantage of the rail line.

    “To each community, these investments are about more than numbers. Inland Rail gives us hope of retaining young people with jobs in their backyard, attracting new contributors to local economies and protecting the community services our regions need to thrive.

    “Our regional communities have persevered through a decade’s long drought, while others are starting the long road to recovery in the wake of devastating bushfires and floods.

    “Inland Rail gives these communities new ways to grow and rebuild with better connections to interstate and international markets, new jobs and a stronger case for attracting public and private investment,” Mr McCormack said.

    Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said the report was further demonstration of the significant economic contribution Inland Rail would make across regional Australia.

    “This work again shows how Inland Rail is helping drive increased investment, growth and more jobs across regional Australia now and well into the future,” Minister Cormann said.

    “Inland Rail is not only a major freight line which massively expands our trading infrastructure. It will also continue to generate significant investment opportunities across the many regional communities it touches.

    “From the Parkes logistics hub to Narrabri’s plans for an inland port and industrial precincts in Toowoomba and Wodonga, the first wave of developments are taking shape. We are very confident that many other regional towns in and around the Inland Rail corridor will secure further significant investment, development and job creation opportunities for their towns on the back of this exciting project.”

    The EY report highlights a range of investment opportunities alongside Inland Rail that will sustain regional communities for the long term.

    The report considers a range of industry and community input, as well as data gathered by EY over the course of the study.

    Read the full EY Inland Rail Regional Opportunities report online at https://www.inlandrail.gov.au/about-us/publications-and-reports/inland-rail-regional-opportunities-ey-australia

    Media Contacts:

    Mr McCormack – Tess Salmon 0467 740 017

    Mr Cormann – Antony Perry 0484 312 671

  • Media statement: Inland Rail flood modelling - 11 March 2020

    18 days ago
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    The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is getting on with the job of delivering Inland Rail on behalf of the Australian Government and all Australians.

    ARTC Inland Rail Chief Executive Richard Wankmuller said the community could be confident in the robust flood modelling to date.

    “We have the utmost confidence in our flood modelling, which has been conducted, reviewed and verified separately by the country’s and Queensland’s leading hydrology experts”, Mr Wankmuller said.

    “Our confidence comes from the fact that five different companies – all experts in their field, who’ve done this many times before, have confirmed that this flood...

    The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is getting on with the job of delivering Inland Rail on behalf of the Australian Government and all Australians.

    ARTC Inland Rail Chief Executive Richard Wankmuller said the community could be confident in the robust flood modelling to date.

    “We have the utmost confidence in our flood modelling, which has been conducted, reviewed and verified separately by the country’s and Queensland’s leading hydrology experts”, Mr Wankmuller said.

    “Our confidence comes from the fact that five different companies – all experts in their field, who’ve done this many times before, have confirmed that this flood modelling is comprehensive, meets industry standards and is fit for purpose.

    “The science tells us there is no premise to change the route based on flood modelling and the economics tells us that this route was the most viable, cost effective option.

    “We have long-acknowledged the concerns of the community, which is why we continue to incorporate their local knowledge into our model and how we design the rail line that will cross the Condamine floodplain.

    “It’s important governments and the community have confidence in the engineering and science that allows countries like Australia to deliver world-class infrastructure.”

    Notes to Editors

    • The alignment for the Border to Gowrie section was adopted by the Australian Government after an independent analysis of alternative corridor options in 2016 – 2017 undertaken by AECOM and Aurecon and overseen by an independent Project Reference Group. ARTC is now doing the detailed work necessary to meet the engineering challenge and deliver a safe solution. Details of the route selection can be found in the Inland Rail route history document.
    • ARTC has engaged industry recognised service providers (Aurecon and AECOM) to design and validate the flood models.
    • ARTC has engaged two leading consultants (Arup and SMEC) as Technical Advisors for Inland Rail, to further review compliance of the flood modelling and hydrology reports against industry standards and the Inland Rail program requirements.
    • The modelling used by ARTC service providers aligns with Australian industry standards.
    • The community can have utmost confidence in the well-documented success of these companies in designing rail lines and other significant infrastructure in Australia and throughout the world.
    • These service providers have worked on similar flooding solutions in Queensland including the $296 million Yeppen South project, funded by the Australian and Queensland Government to provide an elevated crossing of the Bruce Highway across the Yeppen Floodplain amongst others.
    • Further, the Southern Darling Downs Community Consultative Committee nominated independent flood modelling expert Dr John Macintosh, from Water Solutions Pty Ltd, who was engaged to provide quality assurance to the work undertaken by our service providers.
    • Dr Macintosh has 25 years water engineering experience and deemed the modelling process sound.
    • In the comprehensive modelling work that’s already been conducted by these world class experts, nothing has emerged to suggest other design routes need to be considered.
    • Our flood modelling will be further reviewed as part of the Environmental Impact statement process through the independent Queensland Office of the Coordinator General.
    • The Queensland and Commonwealth Governments signed an Intergovernmental Agreement late last year that gave this project the green light.
    • As part of that agreement, a further panel of international experts will be established to review the flood modelling.
    • ARTC’s Inland Rail is headquartered in Queensland and currently employs over 300 people in Brisbane, Gatton and Toowoomba.
    • Inland Rail is expected create 7000 jobs in QLD and will be a $7.3 billion economic injection to the state.

    Media contact: Amber Gilmore | 1300 196 401

  • Community members invited to learn more about progress on Inland Rail Narromine to Narrabri project - 25 February 2020

    about 1 month ago
    Community members are invited to take part in consultation sessions across the proposed alignment
    Community members are invited to learn more about the progress of planning for Inland Rail between Narromine to Narrabri (N2N) with five community sessions being hosted by Inland Rail across the alignment between March 9th and 13th.

    Australian Rail Track Corporation Inland Rail Director Community and Environment Rebecca Pickering said these sessions are a great opportunity for local community members, landowners, and local businesses to learn more about the work conducted to date to refine the proposed N2N route.

    “Inland Rail is the largest freight rail infrastructure project in Australia, spanning 1700 kilometres and is being built in some of...

    Community members are invited to learn more about the progress of planning for Inland Rail between Narromine to Narrabri (N2N) with five community sessions being hosted by Inland Rail across the alignment between March 9th and 13th.

    Australian Rail Track Corporation Inland Rail Director Community and Environment Rebecca Pickering said these sessions are a great opportunity for local community members, landowners, and local businesses to learn more about the work conducted to date to refine the proposed N2N route.

    “Inland Rail is the largest freight rail infrastructure project in Australia, spanning 1700 kilometres and is being built in some of the most complex environments in the country,” Ms Pickering said.

    “Our work to date to progress the future alignment between Narromine to Narrabri has included more than 12 months of engagement with the community, environmental and hydrology studies and early engineering design work to inform how we will build 300 kilometres of new track.

    “Through these methods we have been able to refine the alignment study area from between 2-5 kilometres wide to around 150 metres to 400 metres wide.”

    “We now invite the broader community to come along and understand more about the environmental planning and consultation work we have carried out to date and learn about the future opportunities large and small from this game-changing project connecting Brisbane and Melbourne.

    “Community consultation and engagement is vital to the success of Inland Rail. We are committed to leaving a positive legacy by ensuring the community benefits from the project through initiatives like jobs and local spend during the construction phase, the Community Sponsorships and Donations program and training and support of local businesses.”

    “Large-scale infrastructure projects such as Inland Rail are a catalyst for growth — they boost economic development and investment, bring jobs and opportunities to local businesses and communities, a hopefully welcome boost in challenging times of drought,” Ms Pickering said.

    “The team will be out and about cross the alignment, offering afternoon and evening sessions. This will provide an opportunity for everyone to stay informed and updated on the progress of the alignment to date. No registration is required for these sessions.”

    Community Drop-In Sessions

    Narrabri
    Date: Monday, 9 March 2020
    Time: 11am - 2pm and 4pm - 7pm
    Location: The Crossing Theatre, 117 Tibbereeba Street, Narrabri, NSW

    Barradine
    Date: Tuesday, 10 March 2020
    Time: 11am - 3pm
    Location: Barradine Bowling Club, 51 Narren Street, Barradine, NSW

    Gilgandra
    Date: Wednesday, 11 March 2020
    Time: 11am - 2pm and 4pm - 7pm
    Location: Shire Hall, Warren Road, Gilgandra, NSW

    Curban
    Date: Thursday, 12 March 2020
    Time: 11am - 3pm
    Location: Curban Community Hall, National Park road, Curban, NSW

    Narromine
    Date: Friday, 13 March 2020
    Time: 11am - 2pm and 4pm - 7pm
    Location: Soul Food Design Depot & Gallery, 1 Dandaloo Street, Narromine, NSW

    For more information visit: https://inlandrail.artc.com.au/N2N

    Media contact: Anna Hindson | Mobile 0477 362 231

  • Beaudesert cultural group benefits from Inland Rail funding - 22 January 2020

    about 2 months ago
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    The Maibin Jaihilah Yahgilah men’s cultural group from Beaudesert will receive $4000 from Inland Rail.

    The group is one of many across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria to share in more than $55,000 allocated from the third round of the Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations program.

    The Maibin Jahyilah Yahgilah men's group meets each month and President Sharne Iselin said the aim of the meetings and yarning circles is to create a safe place to talk about life, it’s challenges and barriers and how to overcome them.

    “Maibin Jahyilah Yahgilah have an ongoing commitment to support programs delivering...

    The Maibin Jaihilah Yahgilah men’s cultural group from Beaudesert will receive $4000 from Inland Rail.

    The group is one of many across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria to share in more than $55,000 allocated from the third round of the Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations program.

    The Maibin Jahyilah Yahgilah men's group meets each month and President Sharne Iselin said the aim of the meetings and yarning circles is to create a safe place to talk about life, it’s challenges and barriers and how to overcome them.

    “Maibin Jahyilah Yahgilah have an ongoing commitment to support programs delivering suicide prevention and mental health to employment, education and primary health awareness,” Mr Iselin said.

    “The work we do is really important and sadly it’s something that is badly needed in today’s society. We do all we can to support our community empower and strengthen local Mununjali cultural values and principles,” he said.

    The funds will be used for the completion of an amenities block on a five-hectare site that has significant cultural ties to Mt Warning (Wollumbin) and the Mununjali people stretching back thousands of years.

    The amenities block will compliment previous work including the demolition of an old building, construction a new foundation slab and addition of roof structure and frames, including doors and windows. Future works include the installation of a kitchen and water supply as well as additional carpentry work.

    Inland Rail Director of Engagement, Environment and Property Rebecca Pickering said the program’s success along the whole rail corridor has provided a well-deserved funding boost to worthy initiatives which build community prosperity.

    “A key commitment of Inland Rail is to leave a positive legacy along the rail corridor and the Community Sponsorships and Donations program is just one example of how we seek to ensure regional communities benefit from this unique project,” Ms Pickering said.

    “More than $180,000 has already been allocated in the first three rounds of the program to communities where we are working for a range of events, projects and activities.

    “We congratulate successful recipients for this round which include sporting groups, schools, men’s groups and Indigenous Cultural Groups. Funded projects represent a diverse range of initiatives such as upgrading community facilities, skills building in the areas of STEM education and inclusive events.”

    Ms Pickering said there is another opportunity for groups to tap into the Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations Program this month.

    The next round of funding applications for the program is now open and eligible groups can still apply for funding of between $1000 and $4000 for their project or service by Friday 31 January.

    Applications are invited from individuals and organisations in regional centres along the corridor, not Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, to ensure regional areas receive maximum benefit.

    For terms and conditions and to access an application form, please visit the Inland Rail website inlandrail.com.au/sponsorships, or email enquiries to IRCommunitySponsorships@ARTC.com.au

    Media contact:
    Alexandria Bernard
    Phone: 0438 656 755

    Australian Rail Track Corporation
    24/7 Media Line: 1300 196 401
  • More regional centres benefit from Inland Rail community grants

    2 months ago
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    From new student laptops, events to break the cycle of isolation for farmers and bringing the magic of Dolly Parton to Narromine, 19 initiatives were announced today to improve the wellbeing of regional communities in which Inland Rail will operate.

    Round three of the Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations program has allocated more than $55,000 to benefit schools, community groups and associations in regional communities across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

    Inland Rail Director of Engagement, Environment and Property Rebecca Pickering said the program’s success along the whole rail corridor has provided a...

    From new student laptops, events to break the cycle of isolation for farmers and bringing the magic of Dolly Parton to Narromine, 19 initiatives were announced today to improve the wellbeing of regional communities in which Inland Rail will operate.

    Round three of the Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations program has allocated more than $55,000 to benefit schools, community groups and associations in regional communities across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

    Inland Rail Director of Engagement, Environment and Property Rebecca Pickering said the program’s success along the whole rail corridor has provided a well deserved funding boost to worthy initiatives which build community prosperity.

    “Delivering Inland Rail is only possible in partnership with the communities in which we operate and supporting our communities’ sustainability is paramount,” Ms Pickering said.

    “A key commitment of Inland Rail is to leave a positive legacy along the rail corridor and the Community Sponsorships and Donations program is just one example of how we seek to ensure regional communities benefit from this unique project,” Ms Pickering said.

    “More than $180,000 has already been allocated in the first three rounds of the program to communities where we are working for a range of events, projects and activities.

    “We congratulate successful recipients for this round which include sporting groups, schools, men’s groups and Indigenous Cultural Groups. Funded projects represent a diverse range of initiatives such as upgrading community facilities, skills building in the areas of STEM education and inclusive events.”

    Ms Pickering said there is another opportunity for groups to tap into the Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations Program this month.

    “The next round of funding applications for the program is now open and eligible groups can still apply for funding of between $1000 and $4000 for their project or service by Friday 31 January.

    “These grants are in addition to the support Australian Rail Track Corporation is providing to bushfire impacted communities which includes raising funds for the Bushfire Crisis Appeal and encouraging volunteering by employees.”

    Grant applications are invited from individuals and organisations in regional centres along the corridor, not Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, to ensure regional areas receive maximum benefit.

    For terms and conditions and to access an application form, please visit the Inland Rail website inlandrail.com.au/sponsorships, or email enquiries to ircommunitysponsorships@artc.com.au

    Successful applicants in round three have included:

    State Organisation Project Name
    NSW Narromine Dolly Parton Festival Incorporated
    Inaugural Narromine Dolly Parton Festival (17-18 April 2020)
    QLD Toomelah Local Aboriginal Land Council
    Sport and fitness fit out of Toomelah Mission Community Hall
    NSW Croppa Creek P&C Association
    'Escape to the Big Smoke'
    NSW Greater Hume Shire Council
    Festive Street Project (Christmas decorations for the local community)
    NSW Forbes Public School P&C Association Incorporated
    Forbes Public School bank of student laptops (purchase of 5 laptops for student classroom use)
    QLD
    The Pyjama Foundation
    The Toowoomba Christmas Party (The Pyjama Foundation)
    QLD
    Maibin Jahyilah Yahgilah Inc.
    Bathroom fit-out Round Mountain Cultural heritage site
    QLD
    Lockyer Valley Growers Inc
    'Breaking the Isolation'
    QLD
    Gundy Men’s Shed
    Purchase of power tools for the Gundy Men's Shed
    QLD
    Yelarbon Men’s Shed
    Installation of power points in Yelarbon Men's Shed
    QLD
    Goondiwindi Lions Club
    Annual Community Christmas Eve Fireworks Event
    NSW Eugowra Rugby League Club
    Grandstand seating for Eugowra Rugby League Club
    NSW Coonamble & District Education Foundation
    'Classics Out West' bring the Classic Wallabies to Coonamble
    VIC Rotary Club of Euroa
    Euroa Community Garden Project
    VIC
    Mitchell Shire Council
    Mitchell Community Multicultural Festival 2020
    VIC
    Wandong History Group
    Poppy for a Soldier Project
    VIC
    Seymour Junior Football Netball Club
    'Country girls can kick' program
    VIC
    Rotary Club of Southern Mitchell
    Pilot Project - Sculpture & 3D art exhibition
    VIC
    Life Saving Victoria Limited
    Open Water Learning Experience - Aquatic Safety Program for Wangaratta Youth


    Media contact: Anna Hindson | Mobile 0477 362 231

  • Inland Rail to hold meet and greet for shortlisted construction contractors on Narrabri to North Star section - 15 January 2020

    3 months ago
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    Inland Rail will host two networking events in Narrabri and Moree this month featuring the three shortlisted construction contractors for the Narrabri to North Star (N2NS) – separable portion 1 project section.

    The networking events will provide an opportunity for local businesses to hear from each of the shortlisted contractors and participate in one-on-one meetings with representatives from all three organisations.

    Inland Rail Chief Executive Officer Richard Wankmuller said local businesses were keen to be involved in the project and these networking events would provide a platform to meet with and ask questions of the shortlisted contractors ahead of the...

    Inland Rail will host two networking events in Narrabri and Moree this month featuring the three shortlisted construction contractors for the Narrabri to North Star (N2NS) – separable portion 1 project section.

    The networking events will provide an opportunity for local businesses to hear from each of the shortlisted contractors and participate in one-on-one meetings with representatives from all three organisations.

    Inland Rail Chief Executive Officer Richard Wankmuller said local businesses were keen to be involved in the project and these networking events would provide a platform to meet with and ask questions of the shortlisted contractors ahead of the announcement of the successful contractor mid-year.

    “There are three excellent organisations bidding for this project including Lendlease Engineering Pty Ltd, RailFirst (a joint venture between Downer EDI and Seymour White) and Trans4m Rail (a joint venture between Rhomberg Rail Australia, John Holland and SEE Civil),” Mr Wankmuller said.

    “Each one will have representatives at this event to meet with local businesses and answer questions regarding potential supply opportunities on the N2NS project when construction starts,” he said.

    “I know there is excitement building along the N2NS alignment as we move towards construction and local businesses should be taking advantage of opportunities like these to promote their capabilities to the shortlisted contractors.

    Mr Wankmuller said businesses interested in attending could prepare a business capability statement and a 30-second ‘elevator pitch’ ahead of the meetings to describe what their business does and where it’s located in a bid to streamline discussions with the contractors.

    “The successful contractor will be required to deliver significant local industry and workforce participation and training outcomes, and the Australian Rail Track Corporation will work very closely with them and other stakeholders to achieve these outcomes,” he said.

    “We see Inland Rail as a way to create meaningful change in communities along the alignment by developing a pathway to support longer term economic development and employment outcomes.

    To take part in the events local businesses are being urged to register and book a meeting time at n2ns.youcanbook.me by January 19, 2020.

    The events will be held at:

    • Tuesday, January 21 from 11.30am to 4pm at The Crossing Theatre, 117 Tibbereena Street, Narrabri; and
    • Wednesday, January 22 from 11.30am to 4pm at The Max Centre, Level 1/30 Heber Street, Moree.

    Media contact: Chris Leslight | Mobile 0427 691 262

  • Toomelah elders take Inland Rail staff on cultural tour – 3 December 2019

    4 months ago
    Inland rail staff on toomelah cultural tour

    Toomelah elders have written a new chapter in the history of the township by staging cultural heritage appreciation tours for Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) staff building Inland Rail from Melbourne to Brisbane.

    Initiated by the Toomelah community the one-day tours introduced Inland Rail staff to the Dreamtime legends of the local people along the southern side of the Barwon River in New South Wales; as well as giving an insight into the history of the township of Toomelah.

    Toomelah Local Aboriginal Land Council Chief Executive Officer Rex Weribone welcomed the opportunity to undertake the tours.

    ...

    Toomelah elders have written a new chapter in the history of the township by staging cultural heritage appreciation tours for Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) staff building Inland Rail from Melbourne to Brisbane.

    Initiated by the Toomelah community the one-day tours introduced Inland Rail staff to the Dreamtime legends of the local people along the southern side of the Barwon River in New South Wales; as well as giving an insight into the history of the township of Toomelah.

    Toomelah Local Aboriginal Land Council Chief Executive Officer Rex Weribone welcomed the opportunity to undertake the tours.

    “This is the beginning of a relationship between the people at Toomelah and Inland Rail,” Mr Weribone said. “We are hoping this leads to other opportunities for us to work together to build a future for the next generation of our community.”

    “Our people are working with Inland Rail to preserve our cultural heritage along the alignment as the project comes through our traditional lands.”

    ARTC Inland Rail Chief Executive Officer Richard Wankmuller said the tours were part of Inland Rail consultation with Indigenous communities along the length of the 1700km alignment.

    “We have been talking with the Toomelah community to identify ways they can capitalise on opportunities from Inland Rail to create social and economic change,” Mr Wankmuller said.

    “Primarily they are seeking to create pathways to support longer term opportunities for their people,” he said. “We believe these can be created through targeted workforce and business development focussing on real job outcomes.”

    Elder Elaine Edwards said the people of Toomelah were embracing new technology to help them tell their story.

    “Boobera Lagoon is a resting place for the Rainbow Serpent or the Kurrea as we call him. The Serpent burrows as he moves across the land and the water flows behind him in the troughs he creates,” Mrs Edwards said.

    “The water at Boobera is very deep so the magic is strong here. It is very important for our people and a meeting place for many centuries. People would come to trade and hold initiations. Some of these gatherings would last for three months and thousands of people would come,” she said.

    “It is very important for us as the gate-keepers of this site that we protect our history and share the stories.

    “We are looking at new ways to do this into the future, technology is providing us new opportunities to tell our stories … if you use Google Maps the lagoon looks like a serpent from above. This is another way to share with new people, show them what our people knew well before technology came along.”

    Another aspect of the cultural tours is to provide Inland Rail staff with insight into the cultural aspects of working with Aboriginal people.

    “Aboriginal people are taught from a young age not to look people in the eye. This is a sign of respect among our people, but non-Indigenous people may interpret it a different way. It is all about understanding and building relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people,” Mrs Edwards said.

  • Inland Rail shortlists three for Narrabri to North Star (N2NS) SP1 section – 3 December 2019

    4 months ago
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    In another milestone for the Narrabri to North Star (N2NS) section of the Inland Rail program, the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has announced the shortlisting of three construction firms to deliver the multi-million-dollar main works contract.

    The shortlisting follows a rigorous expression of interest process, which drew an extremely high standard of responses from local and interstate construction firms.

    The scope of works for this section of N2NS will upgrade approximately 171km of existing track between Narrabri and North Star including the construction of multiple bridges. This project is integral to the overall rolling out of the once-in-a-generation Inland...

    In another milestone for the Narrabri to North Star (N2NS) section of the Inland Rail program, the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has announced the shortlisting of three construction firms to deliver the multi-million-dollar main works contract.

    The shortlisting follows a rigorous expression of interest process, which drew an extremely high standard of responses from local and interstate construction firms.

    The scope of works for this section of N2NS will upgrade approximately 171km of existing track between Narrabri and North Star including the construction of multiple bridges. This project is integral to the overall rolling out of the once-in-a-generation Inland Rail which will redefine the freight task across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

    Inland Rail Chief Executive Officer Richard Wankmuller said the project’s next works package will be awarded to the very best available team and ARTC is now entering a formal Request for Tender phase to determine who will be chosen.

    “There are three excellent tenderers in line for this project including Lendlease Engineering Pty Ltd, RailFirst (a joint venture between Downer EDI and Seymour White) and Trans4m Rail (a joint venture between Rhomberg Rail Australia, BGC Contracting and SEE Civil),” Mr Wankmuller said.

    “The successful contractor for this portion of the work will be required to deliver initiatives and meet targets related to industry participation, employment and workforce development with the Inland Rail team working closely with them to achieve these targets,” he said.

    Mr Wankmuller also pointed out that as the overall program proceeds Inland Rail’s goal is to create meaningful change in communities along the alignment by creating a pathway to support longer term employment outcomes. Inland Rail will result in many benefits for regional centers such as Narrabri, Moree and Goondiwindi as well as smaller centres.

    “I know there is excitement building in the N2NS section as we move towards construction next year and local companies are looking to be ready to hit the ground running once the successful tenderer is announced.

    “In order to help local companies, get ready three regional supplier briefings are being held this week for local businesses. These briefings are intended to help get as many people as possible involved with the project.

    “From the outset Inland Rail has had a focus on creating opportunities for regional workforces and we are also engaging with businesses right across Australia to fill the contracts for the project’s build,” he said.

    “We see Inland Rail as a way to create meaningful change in communities along the alignment by developing a pathway to support longer term employment outcomes. Companies can register for the N2NS project-related subcontract or supply opportunity via ICN Gateway at gateway.icn.org.au.”

    Please note: This section has been divided into two portions (separable portion 1 and separable portion 2 – SP1 and SP2) to enable the more complex hydrology of the 15km floodplain between the Mehi and Gwydir rivers north of Moree to be further investigated, while the remaining 174km upgrade progresses on schedule. This media release is referring to the SP1 section of works.
  • Inland Rail officially given green light in Queensland – 29 November 2019

    4 months ago
    Iga

    The Australian and Queensland Governments signed a bilateral agreement in Toowoomba today allowing the multi-billion-dollar Inland Rail project to move towards construction in Queensland.

    With Queensland now officially signed up, all three eastern states are committed to the delivery of the nationally significant project. The new agreement provides consent for the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) to deliver Inland Rail in Queensland.

    Inland Rail Chief Executive Richard Wankmuller said the signing of the bilateral agreement was a landmark moment in the delivery of the project.

    “It’s a really exciting project, and with construction underway in NSW, we...

    The Australian and Queensland Governments signed a bilateral agreement in Toowoomba today allowing the multi-billion-dollar Inland Rail project to move towards construction in Queensland.

    With Queensland now officially signed up, all three eastern states are committed to the delivery of the nationally significant project. The new agreement provides consent for the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) to deliver Inland Rail in Queensland.

    Inland Rail Chief Executive Richard Wankmuller said the signing of the bilateral agreement was a landmark moment in the delivery of the project.

    “It’s a really exciting project, and with construction underway in NSW, we already know how Inland Rail will create jobs and investment opportunities as well as addressing Australia's future freight challenges.”

    Mr Wankmuller said the agreement paves the way for the delivery of Inland Rail in Queensland.

    “Inland Rail will provide the critical infrastructure needed to ensure Australia remains competitive by ensuring our freight and supply chain is modernised and productive to deal with the expected doubling of the freight task over the next 20 years.”

    “As we’ve seen so successfully in regional towns like Parkes in NSW, Inland Rail has the potential to reinvigorate regional Queensland well beyond the thousands of jobs that will be created during the construction phase,” Mr Wankmuller said.

    “We look forward to getting on with the job of delivering Inland Rail here in Queensland. The Australian Rail Track Corporation’s Inland Rail headquarters are in Brisbane and there are Queensland businesses already delivering services for this project.”

    At the peak of construction, the Inland Rail project will bring more than 7000 jobs to South East Queensland and will create a national asset that will continue to serve Australia for generations to come.

    The Queensland section of Inland Rail is around 21% of the total length of the project with more than $6 billion to be invested in the State during the project build.

    “We know that between now and 2046, Brisbane’s population is projected to grow by 1.6 million to four million, meaning the Brisbane of the future will be nearly the size of Sydney today. With one of the strongest and most consistent growth rates of anywhere in the Australia, the south east of Queensland needs to act now to ensure the best possible future outcomes,” Mr Wankmuller said.

    “The next step will be the release of reference designs for the project from the Queensland Border to Toowoomba released early next year and we really look forward to hearing comments from the public on that.”

  • Joint Ministerial Release: Ground-breaking Inland Rail agreement lays the track for Queensland's future - 29 November 2019

    4 months ago
    Ir 48

    The most significant freight infrastructure project in the nation’s history has taken a major step forward with the Australian and Queensland Governments signing a ground-breaking Bilateral Agreement to deliver Inland Rail.

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Bilateral Agreement would ensure Queensland’s future growth is supported by a robust freight rail network capable of servicing the long-term liveability and productivity of Queensland’s regions, towns and cities.

    “The Bilateral Agreement signed today is backed by the Federal Government’s $9.3 billion commitment to deliver Inland Rail and is part of the broader $25...

    The most significant freight infrastructure project in the nation’s history has taken a major step forward with the Australian and Queensland Governments signing a ground-breaking Bilateral Agreement to deliver Inland Rail.

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Bilateral Agreement would ensure Queensland’s future growth is supported by a robust freight rail network capable of servicing the long-term liveability and productivity of Queensland’s regions, towns and cities.

    “The Bilateral Agreement signed today is backed by the Federal Government’s $9.3 billion commitment to deliver Inland Rail and is part of the broader $25 billion commitment we’ve made to road and rail projects across Queensland since coming to Government in 2013,” Mr McCormack said.

    “Our government values the significance of this nation-building project for regional communities. More than 7,000 jobs and a $7 billion boost to Queensland’s economy will make a real difference to the people who live and work in this state.

    “We are transforming the way freight is moved in Australia. For every dollar we are investing in Inland Rail, $2.62 will be returned to the national economy.

    “Modelling by the CSIRO shows an average saving of $76 per tonne for horticulture and post-processed food when shifted onto the double-stacked trains. The data is clear – Inland Rail is a game-changer for regional Australia.

    “We’re already seeing the benefits in New South Wales with the section of track between Parkes and Narromine underway.

    “For this 100 kilometre section, more than $46 million in contracts have been committed to 84 local businesses with 1,000 people having worked on the project – 400 of those are locals.

    “Good paying jobs means more money flowing through small businesses in a particularly difficult time of drought and I look forward to this being replicated in Queensland.”

    Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said the signing of this Bilateral Agreement was a crucial step towards delivering a more efficient freight network for the future, underpinning our national economic growth and international competitiveness.

    “Long-haul rail is cheaper, safer and more reliable than moving freight by road over those distances. That is why the Australian Government has committed up to $9.3 billion to complete the national rail network through Inland Rail,” Minister Cormann said.

    “The shift from road to rail is crucial to ensuring our freight network meets the needs of our growing population.

    “It is great to have the Queensland Government on board now supporting our Inland Rail project. This project will improve the national freight rail network by connecting communities, creating jobs, reducing supply chain costs and making Australian business more competitive.”

    Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said that the agreement reached with the Australian Government cements protections for Queenslanders and would see close to $2 billion in joint-funding fast-tracked for road and rail projects across the state.

    “The delivery of Inland Rail in Queensland is a huge win for the state, providing jobs and opportunities to communities,” Mr Bailey said.

    “This deal will see us work with the Federal Government on business cases for passenger rail services from Salisbury to Beaudesert, Brisbane to Toowoomba and a dedicated rail freight line to the Port of Brisbane.

    “This includes better understanding the expected freight demand on the line into the future and identifying opportunities for intermodal terminals at Ebenezer and Bromelton to assist in managing the freight task.

    “The projects will support the Trade and Enterprise Spine initiative identified under the South East Queensland City Deal Statement of intent.

    “All parties have also agreed to establish an international panel to advise on the modelling of potential flood impacts and continuing community consultation along the project’s chosen route through Queensland.

    “In addition to the expert hydrologists already engaged by the Australian Rail Track Corporation, an expert panel of international specialists will be established to advise on best practice flood structural integrity and report back to the Queensland and Australian Governments.

    “Queenslanders can have confidence that a comprehensive and detailed approvals process for the project is being undertaken that includes rigorous environmental, planning and statutory approvals.”

    View the original media release.