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  • Letter to the Editor: Response to article 'Rail lines not necessarily the answer in 2019' - 24 June 2019

    1 day ago
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    Original article: Rail lines not necessarily the answer in 2019 - published 24 June 2019 in The Daily Advertiser (Wagga Wagga).

    Letter to editor:

    Ironically enough I would suggest Keith Wheeler’s observations around road and rail are exactly why Inland Rail is being built (‘Rail lines not necessarily the answer in 2019’).

    Inland Rail is connected to the Port of Brisbane and, yes, Inland Rail will carry inter-capital freight which underpins the business case for the project.

    But what does that mean for the regions besides significant local investment?

    Inland Rail is expected to transfer more than two million...

    Original article: Rail lines not necessarily the answer in 2019 - published 24 June 2019 in The Daily Advertiser (Wagga Wagga).

    Letter to editor:

    Ironically enough I would suggest Keith Wheeler’s observations around road and rail are exactly why Inland Rail is being built (‘Rail lines not necessarily the answer in 2019’).

    Inland Rail is connected to the Port of Brisbane and, yes, Inland Rail will carry inter-capital freight which underpins the business case for the project.

    But what does that mean for the regions besides significant local investment?

    Inland Rail is expected to transfer more than two million tonnes of agricultural product on to rail, precisely because it delivers higher axle loads and the ability to take longer trains that offer greater efficiency.

    Mr Wheeler compares small, single-product, regional rail lines in South Australia with trucking – but he would be better placed to look to ARTC’s own Hunter Valley rail network. It is a great case study of how rail is delivering better returns at the farm gate on the back of a high volume, mixed-use rail network.

    He also references the Adelaide-Darwin rail line but does not mention how it now transports over 90 per cent of the freight between South Australia and the Northern Territory because of its big trains.

    The CSIRO recently published a pilot study on how Inland Rail would benefit agricultural supply chains.

    They forecast a significantly larger cost-saving than previously understood with an expected saving of more than $60 per tonne for horticulture and post-processed foods (such as meat, rice and dairy products) when transported on Inland Rail.

    Products familiar to the Riverina.

    Of course, the savings estimated in the Pilot will vary for the type of product, journey and related loading costs. But it demonstrates the case for Inland Rail is real.

    While Mr Wheeler would have us spend billions on the Newell, Hume and Warrego Highways – our view is that reliance on a single mode of transport (road) against a growing population and a doubling of freight volumes, is a recipe for disaster.

    For our farmers – a future without Inland Rail would mean less choice, reduced competition and fewer pathways to domestic and export markets.

    That drives costs up, not down.

    Those costs eventually hit the hip pocket of local families. Because an expensive supply chain means a more expensive weekly shop, more congested and less safer roads.

    And more trucks on the road means increased road maintenance costs – that puts pressure on Council rates, as being experienced by many Shires around the country.

    Crucially, Inland Rail doesn’t mean trucking is no longer important. It is and always will be a vital part of the supply chain.

    But we need to ask what type of freight future do we want for our kids and grandkids?

    Industry and the community are both calling for rail and want to see it happen. Building more roads and putting our head in the sand won’t solve the problem.

    The good news is grains, wine, paper, cotton and more are already successfully railed out of the Riverina.

    We can’t continue to pass on the burden to future generations – that’s why we are getting on with building a future on the back of Inland Rail.

    John Fullerton – CEO and Managing Director, Australian Rail Track Corporation
  • Inland Rail to host C2K community information sessions

    about 1 month ago
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    The Inland Rail Calvert to Kagaru Project team will share the findings from their recent environmental investigations at a series of interactive community consultation sessions this week.

    C2K Project Manager Mr Long Vo said the sessions will allow people to have one-on-one discussions about the issues that matter most to them.

    “We are inviting the community to come and ask any questions they have about the project. The team will cover several key areas such as air quality, noise and vibration, flora and fauna, flood modelling, social impact, land use, property and acquisition,” Mr Vo said.

    “For people who can’t...

    The Inland Rail Calvert to Kagaru Project team will share the findings from their recent environmental investigations at a series of interactive community consultation sessions this week.

    C2K Project Manager Mr Long Vo said the sessions will allow people to have one-on-one discussions about the issues that matter most to them.

    “We are inviting the community to come and ask any questions they have about the project. The team will cover several key areas such as air quality, noise and vibration, flora and fauna, flood modelling, social impact, land use, property and acquisition,” Mr Vo said.

    “For people who can’t join us on the day, Inland Rail has released an updated interactive online map to show the most recent proposed alignment from Calvert to Kagaru. People are welcome to add questions or comments on the map and we will respond to those enquiries,” he said.

    “The information we have been gathering will be fed into the design process as we continue to work with local councils, government agencies, emergency services and local communities to ensure the optimal design.”

    The Scenic Rim Community Consultative Committee is also meeting this week at Peak Crossing Hall in Peak Crossing on Thursday 23 May between 6pm and 8pm.

    Scenic Rim Community Consultative Committee Chair, Kathy Baburin, urged residents to reach out to committee members and have their views shared.

    “Community members that are unable to attend the consultation sessions and not familiar with the online map, can contact Scenic Rim Committee members to put forward questions for the committee meetings,” Ms Baburin said.

    “Your feedback is important to ensure the best outcome for the community. Please contact committee members via the Inland Rail website.” she said.

    Community members are invited to provide their feedback via the interactive map at maps.inlandrail.com.au/c2k Inland Rail website inlandrail.artc.com.au/c2k or by visiting one of the following information stand locations:

    • 21 May from 4pm to 7pm at The Centre, Beaudesert,
    • 22 May from 4pm to 7pm at the Rosewood Community Hall,
    • 23 May from 2pm to 4pm at the Peak Crossing Hall,
    • 24 May from 4pm to 7pm at the Purga Community Hall, and
    • 25 May from 9am to 12pm at the Peak Crossing Hall.

    Media contact: Chris Leslight | ARTC | 0427 691 262
  • Regional groups encouraged to apply for Inland Rail community funding grants - 5 April 2019

    3 months ago
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    Adding to the pipeline of opportunities and benefits that have begun flowing from Inland Rail, non-profit organisations in regional centres along the corridor now have a chance to tap into a dedicated community funding pool.

    An Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations Programme has been established and nominations are being sought from eligible organisations and groups.

    Inland Rail Director of Engagement, Environment and Property Rebecca Pickering said the purpose of the funding programme is to contribute to the wellbeing of regional communities in which Inland Rail operates.

    “Inland Rail will leave positive legacies of varying magnitudes in regional areas and...


    Adding to the pipeline of opportunities and benefits that have begun flowing from Inland Rail, non-profit organisations in regional centres along the corridor now have a chance to tap into a dedicated community funding pool.

    An Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations Programme has been established and nominations are being sought from eligible organisations and groups.

    Inland Rail Director of Engagement, Environment and Property Rebecca Pickering said the purpose of the funding programme is to contribute to the wellbeing of regional communities in which Inland Rail operates.

    “Inland Rail will leave positive legacies of varying magnitudes in regional areas and this programme is just one example of the importance we place on ensuring communities are receiving and reaping the benefits,” Ms Pickering said.

    “We’re looking for nominations from non-profit organisations, community groups, Aboriginal Land Councils, Traditional Owner groups, and local government entities with projects, events, and activities that will help achieve community and regional prosperity and sustainability.

    “Eligible groups can apply for amounts between $1,000 and $4,000 for one-off, short-term projects or activities with a focus on the priority areas of culture, safety, environment, recreation and entrepreneurism.

    “It could be initiatives such as a community resilience-building event, a mentoring programme for young entrepreneurs, or hosting guest speakers at a local Chamber breakfast.”

    “In order to maximise benefits for regional areas, applications are restricted to regional centres along the corridor, and the programme is not available to organisations in the capital cities of Melbourne and Brisbane.”

    There will be quarterly rounds of funding, continuing throughout Inland Rail construction, and nominations for the current Round 1 funding close at 6pm on 30 April 2019.

    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: Media Team | ARTC | 1300 196 401

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  • Letter to the editor: Response to article 'Business case for Inland Rail unravelling - Australian Financial Review' - 2 April 2019

    3 months ago
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    Original article: Business case for Inland Rail unravelling - 26 March 2019

    Letter to editor:

    Apart from misunderstanding the strategic case for building Inland Rail -‘Business case for Inland Rail unravelling’ had a number of inaccuracies.

    The business case is not built on coal volumes.

    The business case for building the project is inter-capital freight. That is, freight meeting Australia’s population growth and even-faster-growing freight demand.

    The reference to expected volumes through to the Port of Brisbane is also incorrect.

    The numbers cited include inter-capital freight volumes. This is domestic freight which originates and is destined for consumption...

    Original article: Business case for Inland Rail unravelling - 26 March 2019

    Letter to editor:

    Apart from misunderstanding the strategic case for building Inland Rail -‘Business case for Inland Rail unravelling’ had a number of inaccuracies.

    The business case is not built on coal volumes.

    The business case for building the project is inter-capital freight. That is, freight meeting Australia’s population growth and even-faster-growing freight demand.

    The reference to expected volumes through to the Port of Brisbane is also incorrect.

    The numbers cited include inter-capital freight volumes. This is domestic freight which originates and is destined for consumption in our major cities. It is not destined for Ports.

    Inland Rail does not “stop at the Queensland border”.

    Inland Rail runs to Acacia Ridge which has a direct dual gauge rail connection to the Port of Brisbane today.

    Of the total benefits generated by Inland Rail, 93% of benefits accrue to non-coal traffic. Much of that benefit is in shifting freight from road to rail.

    Inland Rail will be cash flow positive to ARTC from Day 1 of operations and revenues generated will cover all future maintenance and growth capital expenditure.

    We have a choice as a country. Building Inland Rail and creating a freight future our communities, motorists, future generations and our economy are asking for and expect. Or, move freight by road and expect to spend double (or more) on building more highways to meet this need.

    John Fullerton, CEO – ARTC

  • Expressions of Interest open for Inland Rail Public Private Partnership - 29 March 2019

    3 months ago
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    The Public Private Partnership (PPP) for Inland Rail took a major step forward today with the announcement that Expressions of Interest (EOI) were now open to design, build, finance and maintain the section from Gowrie outside Toowoomba to Kagaru near Beaudesert.

    This section is the most technically complex of the entire Inland Rail programme and includes a 6.5km tunnel through the Toowoomba Range, which will be the largest diameter diesel freight tunnel in the Southern Hemisphere.

    Inland Rail Chief Executive Officer Richard Wankmuller is expecting a strong field to formally lodge notification of their interest in the PPP.

    “We are...


    The Public Private Partnership (PPP) for Inland Rail took a major step forward today with the announcement that Expressions of Interest (EOI) were now open to design, build, finance and maintain the section from Gowrie outside Toowoomba to Kagaru near Beaudesert.

    This section is the most technically complex of the entire Inland Rail programme and includes a 6.5km tunnel through the Toowoomba Range, which will be the largest diameter diesel freight tunnel in the Southern Hemisphere.

    Inland Rail Chief Executive Officer Richard Wankmuller is expecting a strong field to formally lodge notification of their interest in the PPP.

    “We are at an exciting stage marking the commencement of the formal procurement process for this major component of the Inland Rail project. This is an important step which facilitates shortlisting of parties for the issuing of the PPP Request for Proposal, scheduled for later this year,” Mr Wankmuller said.

    “There is a clear benefit in going to the market now through an EOI so all interested parties may become aware at a relatively early stage of key requirements from both the Australian and Queensland governments.

    “The geology and topography of this section, which is located mostly within protected corridors, pose many challenges and we are currently undertaking further site investigations to give us a better understanding of the conditions and inform the final design.

    “The more involved potential partners are while we are undertaking investigations and working to progress the three project Environmental Impact Statements, the better those parties will be able to adjust their thinking on potential design solutions and innovative construction methods.

    “The PPP process will harness the private sector’s experience and innovation to deliver the world-class engineering solution required to conquer the Great Dividing Range. This is the type of challenge that excites multi-national contractors, investors and financiers. I am expecting international consortia will bid to have their name associated with this iconic project.”

    Mr Wankmuller said today’s launch of the PPP EOI again sent a message to the market that work on the Inland Rail project is progressing.

    “The Australian Rail Track Corporation is focused on the timely delivery of Inland Rail on behalf of the Australian Government, in partnership with the private sector and hand in hand with the community,” he said.

    “Inland Rail will create a more resilient rail network, with multiple pathways to create a safe, sustainable, integrated solution that will help address Australia’s current freight inefficiencies. Inland Rail will help capture commercial opportunities in both metropolitan and regional areas through more efficient and commercially responsive supply chains and enhance Australia’s ability to compete on the world market.”

    The Request for Proposal is expected to be released later this year once the Australian and Queensland governments have finalised a bilateral agreement for the delivery of Inland Rail.

    “Queensland will be the biggest beneficiary of Inland Rail in terms of construction expenditure and jobs with around $7.2 billion expected to flow into the state economy from Inland Rail,” he said.

    “Private companies are making informed, strategic decisions about where to invest in the future based on the alignment of Inland Rail. Intermodal freight businesses like InterLink SQ are gearing up to make the most of Inland Rail when it becomes operational.

    “Queensland is starting to see benefits flow, but the really big benefits will be when construction commences. Inland Rail wants to help communities grow and we are having conversations right up and down the line about how companies of all sizes can get involved.

    “The EOI is a major step forward for a once-in-a-lifetime infrastructure project tackling the complexities of this challenging terrain. Modern technology will accomplish engineering marvels in this section of the Inland Rail and it’s time to begin the search for our partner to make this happen.”

    For more information please visit the website https://inlandrail.artc.com.au/PPP

    Media contact: Chris Leslight | ARTC | 0427 691 262
  • Learn more about Inland Rail’s construction progress in the Central West - 25 March 2019

    3 months ago
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    • Combined total of 286 people working on the project shared between InLink and their contractors to date
    • 57 local residents from Narromine, Parkes, Dubbo and Orange already working on Inland Rail construction with more to come
    • Nearly $400,000 value of spend in local economy to date
    Locals in the Central West NSW are being invited to find out more about the progress of the Inland Rail project at community sessions in Parkes and Peak Hill this week.

    Nearly half a million dollars has already been spent in the region’s economy as a result of construction ramping...


    • Combined total of 286 people working on the project shared between InLink and their contractors to date
    • 57 local residents from Narromine, Parkes, Dubbo and Orange already working on Inland Rail construction with more to come
    • Nearly $400,000 value of spend in local economy to date
    Locals in the Central West NSW are being invited to find out more about the progress of the Inland Rail project at community sessions in Parkes and Peak Hill this week.

    Nearly half a million dollars has already been spent in the region’s economy as a result of construction ramping up on Inland Rail and ARTC wants the community to be informed of the contracts and jobs the project will deliver and opportunities for them.

    The forums will cover updates on construction on the Parkes to Narromine section where 98.4 kilometres of existing rail track is being upgraded and 5.3 kilometres of new rail track is being built.

    Parkes to Narromine Inland Rail Project Director Colin Forde said ARTC is committed to working closely with communities and stakeholders throughout the lifecycle of the project.

    “With construction accelerating in the Central West, the benefits and jobs already flowing to regional Australia, we are excited to be partnering with local businesses to boost jobs. It’s great to see 286 workers from INLink and their contractors now working on the Parkes to Narromine section,” said Mr Forde.

    “We want local people to be kept up to date on the contracts and jobs this project will deliver and we’ll continue to work with the communities so they reap the benefits as much as possible. We will be holding these forums quarterly to enable them to make the most of the huge opportunities Inland Rail will bring,” said Mr Forde.

    Small business owner Wayne Osbourne of Andrews Auto Electrics who has been commissioned to modify construction vehicles for fit-to-purpose work on Inland Rail, says the initial work is also opening his business up to other companies and opportunities.

    “It’s been very busy to a point where we have had to put on two new apprentices for the first time in three years, as well as more admin support since Inland Rail has come to town, mainly because we see there will be expansion within the next six to eighteen months, as a result of what Inland Rail is bringing to this town,” Mr Osbourne said.

    Rob Ehsman from Signs You See For, another business owner, said conditions are so good currently due to the influence of Inland Rail that he believes it is helping balance the impact of the drought on his business.

    “We started doing work earlier for InLink and now with the abundance of contractors that are on site, our business is branching out into other areas as well and we are finding that we are getting a lot of work out of Inland Rail,” said Mr Ehsman.

    The upcoming sessions will provide opportunities for people in the Central West to hear directly from project representatives, to ask questions of the subject matter experts and offer their feedback and be informed of the potential opportunities. I would encourage everyone to attend,” Mr Forde said.

    Feel free to send our team any questions in advance to make sure we can provide you with the information you need at the forum. Email your questions to inlandrailnsw@artc.com.au

    For more information on the Inland Rail you can phone a project team member on 1800 732 761 or call into the Inland Rail Community Hub at 290 Clarinda Street, Parkes.

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    Media contact: ARTC media team 1300 196 401

    Schedule of community information sessions:

    Parkes
    When: Tuesday 26 March, 5pm to 6:30pm
    Where: ARTC Inland Rail shopfront, 290 Clarinda Street, Parkes NSW

    Peak Hill
    When: Wednesday 27 March, 5pm to 6:30pm
    Where: Peak Hill RSL, 57/61 Caswell St, Peak Hill NSW


  • Ministerial Release: CSIRO reveals higher Inland Rail Freight savings - 21 March 2019

    3 months ago
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    Farmers and regional communities will benefit from significantly larger freight cost savings to be achieved through the Inland Rail, a new CSIRO transport cost study has revealed.

    CSIRO used its Transport Network Strategic Investment Tool (TraNSIT) to conduct a forensic supply chain analysis which indicates potential transport cost savings of between $64 per tonne and $94 per tonne, by moving farm freight onto the Inland Rail line.

    The CSIRO’s fresh findings eclipse a 2015 study which previously forecast an overall freight cost reduction of $10 per tonne could be achieved by building the Brisbane to Melbourne rail route.

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    Farmers and regional communities will benefit from significantly larger freight cost savings to be achieved through the Inland Rail, a new CSIRO transport cost study has revealed.

    CSIRO used its Transport Network Strategic Investment Tool (TraNSIT) to conduct a forensic supply chain analysis which indicates potential transport cost savings of between $64 per tonne and $94 per tonne, by moving farm freight onto the Inland Rail line.

    The CSIRO’s fresh findings eclipse a 2015 study which previously forecast an overall freight cost reduction of $10 per tonne could be achieved by building the Brisbane to Melbourne rail route.

    The new analysis has forecast a potential average transport cost saving of $76 per tonne for horticulture products and post-processed food road trips shifted onto the Inland Rail.

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack welcomed the CSIRO’s new findings in a report released at an Inland Rail leaders’ forum held in Brisbane today.

    Mr McCormack said the expert costing analysis was further justification of the Liberal and Nationals Government’s decision to commit $9.3 billion to build the transformational Inland Rail route, to help boost economic growth and jobs in regional communities.

    “Inland Rail has been described as a game-changer for our farmers and rural and regional communities and the CSIRO’s analysis showing freight savings of up to $94 per tonne highlights why we’re building this 1700-kilometre corridor of commerce,” Mr McCormack said.

    “Australian farmers have called on the Australian Government to build infrastructure that improves their market access and helps create efficiencies which can drive freight costs down and that’s precisely what we’re doing by building the Inland Rail.

    “Higher freight savings per tonne means more money going into farmers’ pockets which is especially critical for those doing it tough, due to drought.”

    Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said the CSIRO’s report showed why the Australian Government is committing $9.3 billion in the Inland Rail to get ahead of the game with the nation’s freight task set to double by 2030.

    “The types of freight savings forecast by the CSIRO’s report will mean flow-on benefits for our national economy and demonstrates why it makes economic sense to build the Inland Rail,” Senator Cormann said.

    “Efficient supply chains also support our capacity to enhance economic opportunities associated with our Free Trade Agreements which we have signed with major export destinations such as China, Japan, South Korea and now Indonesia.

    “This is all about driving current and future economic productivity and export growth by lowering the costs of doing business and to participate in existing markets and enhancing access to new markets.”

    National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) Chief Executive Officer Tony Mahar said the Inland Rail project has the potential to transform the movement of east coast agricultural freight, with up to 70 per cent of Australian agricultural produce exported.

    Mr Mahar said a significant portion of farmers’ production costs is tied up in getting produce from farm to port and efficient paths to market are therefore key to growing farmers’ returns and overall to Australia’s international competitiveness.

    “The NFF welcomes CSIRO’s conclusion that the landmark infrastructure project could save horticulture growers an average of $76 per tonne in transport costs and result in 63,000 fewer heavy vehicle trips per year along sections of the Newell Highway. We acknowledge the Federal Government’s recognition of the importance of efficient, modern freight transport to Australian agriculture and welcomed the in-full funding of the project in the 2017-2018 Budget,” he said.

    TraNSIT was used to examine freight movements and costs associated with supply chains linked to the Parkes to Narromine segment of the Inland Rail in Central West New South Wales and will look at others in future; including the southern half of the corridor from Narromine to Seymour and the northern half of between Narromine and Toowoomba.


    CSIRO Study Fast Facts
    • Shifting horticulture and post-processed agriculture from road to rail will save an average $76 per tonne (and a range of $64-$94)
    • Shifting horticulture and post-processed agriculture from the current coastal line to Inland Rail will save an average $31 per tonne.
    • Shifting horticulture and post-processed agriculture from road to rail between Parkes to Narromine will result in an estimated 63,000 fewer heavy vehicle trips along segments of the Newell Highway, (i.e. in the study area between Parkes and Narromine)

  • Inland Rail – a perfect partner for Queensland Freight Strategy - 13 March 2019

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    The Queensland Government released it’s 10-year vision for the State’s freight industry today. The Queensland Freight Strategy is a key document for an integrated and resilient freight industry in Queensland.

    Please attribute to Inland Rail Chief Executive Officer Richard Wankmuller:

    “I was pleased to see the Queensland Government announce a 10-year outlook for the State’s freight industry this morning re-iterating their commitment to working with customers and industry to build a freight system that is integrated, resilient and safe and for the benefit of all Queenslanders.

    “Inland Rail supports these goals and will help ensure Queensland continues to keep pace...

    The Queensland Government released it’s 10-year vision for the State’s freight industry today. The Queensland Freight Strategy is a key document for an integrated and resilient freight industry in Queensland.

    Please attribute to Inland Rail Chief Executive Officer Richard Wankmuller:

    “I was pleased to see the Queensland Government announce a 10-year outlook for the State’s freight industry this morning re-iterating their commitment to working with customers and industry to build a freight system that is integrated, resilient and safe and for the benefit of all Queenslanders.

    “Inland Rail supports these goals and will help ensure Queensland continues to keep pace with a growing freight task – estimated to grow more than 20% over the next decade - and ensure that supermarket shelves are stacked, online shopping is delivered on time and bulk agricultural commodities are moved more efficiently to market.

    “Queensland will be the largest beneficiary of Inland Rail with around 7,000 jobs during construction and more than $6 billion spent right here. Much of this money will flow into Queensland businesses and then flow through wages into local sports clubs, to schools, to coffee shops which will mean a massive boost for the Queensland economy.”


    Media contact: Chris Leslight | ARTC | 0427 691 262
  • Letter to the Editor: Response to article 'Line of Fire - The Land' - 3 February 2019

    4 months ago
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    Original article: 'Line of Fire - The Land' - 3 February 2019

    Dear Editor,
    The Australian Government and the ARTC remain committed to maintaining a transparent and responsible process to construct the nation-building 1700 kilometre Inland Rail project which aims to reduce freight costs and move farm products to markets faster and more efficiently.

    Consultation with all stakeholders – especially with landholders along the Narromine to Narrabri section of the route – is ongoing and still has a long way to go with around 18 months of studies and approvals before construction.

    All the information we are gathering is fed...


    Original article: 'Line of Fire - The Land' - 3 February 2019

    Dear Editor,
    The Australian Government and the ARTC remain committed to maintaining a transparent and responsible process to construct the nation-building 1700 kilometre Inland Rail project which aims to reduce freight costs and move farm products to markets faster and more efficiently.

    Consultation with all stakeholders – especially with landholders along the Narromine to Narrabri section of the route – is ongoing and still has a long way to go with around 18 months of studies and approvals before construction.

    All the information we are gathering is fed into the design process and a lot of preliminary design work has already been undertaken including engineering, hydrological, geotechnical and other environmental surveys. We are doing this in consultation with the local community as we need local knowledge to get the best result and help with the efficient delivery of Inland Rail.

    The three Inland Rail Community Consultative Committees (CCCs) recently established for the Narromine to Narrabri section will also serve as another channel for feedback and input for the community. First meetings led by Chair Michael Silver have been underway and already formed an invaluable platform for representatives of the communities to inform ARTC about what works for them and deliver important new avenues of engagement and information for people and communities along the corridor.

    Commencing mid-March 2019, ARTC will begin the process of narrowing the study area between Narromine to Narrabri. This will involve ARTC visiting affected landowners one-on-one to inform them of the focus area in a staged approach, due to the number of landowners as well as the distances involved. It’s important landowners are consulted individually and this takes time.

    This consultation will inform landowners of where the focus area is located on their land and explain the steps in the process of acquisition, including how compensation will be determined. Information about the timeframes will also be shared.

    We understand that landowners’ properties are critically important to them and many have queries about what Inland Rail is going to mean to them and they remain our primary focus as we refine the focus area for our investigations.

    Rebecca Pickering
    Director Engagement Environment & Property
    Inland Rail
  • Inland Rail Community Consultative Committee on track in Riverina - 26 February 2019

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    The Community Consultative Committee (CCC) for the Illabo to Stockinbingal section of Inland Rail is set to meet for the first time this month with fifteen local people selected to represent the community.

    The CCC’s independent chair Garry West, who was appointed by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment, said he was looking forward to working with advocates from across the Riverina region.

    “The CCC has a broad range of stakeholder representatives including landowners, NSW Farmers Association, Landcare, Councils and wider community representatives,” Mr West said.

    “I am looking forward to working with the CCC members to make the...


    The Community Consultative Committee (CCC) for the Illabo to Stockinbingal section of Inland Rail is set to meet for the first time this month with fifteen local people selected to represent the community.

    The CCC’s independent chair Garry West, who was appointed by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment, said he was looking forward to working with advocates from across the Riverina region.

    “The CCC has a broad range of stakeholder representatives including landowners, NSW Farmers Association, Landcare, Councils and wider community representatives,” Mr West said.

    “I am looking forward to working with the CCC members to make the most of this avenue which enables communities to provide input and feedback about what’s important to them and ensure there is a robust and factual discussion on the issues raised.”

    Inland Rail Chief Executive Officer Richard Wankmuller said the CCC can help bring real value to Inland Rail as another platform for community and stakeholder input.

    “It’s very useful to have these committees operating in addition to the many community engagement activities ARTC is already undertaking,” Mr Wankmuller said.

    “With five Inland Rail CCCs in NSW the committees provide a two-way flow of information. The committee members bring to the table matters raised with them by community members and other stakeholders in the Illabo to Stockinbingal area, and the CCC members, as well as ARTC, will be reporting back to local communities.

    “ARTC also wants to identify where there are opportunities to realise the regional economic benefits of Inland Rail so that the areas where there will be impacts are also areas where there can be significant broader benefits. In this way the CCCs can be highly important to the Inland Rail program.”

    The first meeting for the Illabo to Stockinbingal CCC will be held in Cootamundra on 28 February with meetings expected to be held quarterly and rotated between Cootamundra, Junee, Stockinbingal and Illabo.

    The Illabo to Stockinbingal leg of Inland Rail is a 37-kilometre greenfield site, where a new track will be built to allow the passage of double stacked freight trains, and to avoid the winding Bethungra Spiral section of the main south line. The I2S project is currently in the Feasibility Stage with an EIS due to be exhibited for public comment and assessment by the NSW Government within the next 12 months.

    Information on the Illabo to Stockinbingal CCC including committee members is available here https://inlandrail.artc.com.au/i2s-ccc.

    For more information on the Illabo to Stockinbingal project please visit https://inlandrail.artc.com.au/I2S, email inlandrailnsw@artc.com.au or phone 1800 732 761.

    Media contact: Media Team | ARTC | 1300 196 401

    Image caption: Illabo to Stockinbingal chair Garry West

    Note to Editors

    Biography – Garry West

    Garry West is a former member of the NSW Parliament (1976-1996) where he held various ministerial portfolios. After retiring from Parliament in 1996, he held senior level management roles in the private sector. In recent years he has served as a member of the Planning Assessment Commission, chairs the Northern Regional Planning Panel, and chairs several Community Consultative Committees.

    Committee information:
    • In NSW the independent chair of a CCC is appointed by the state Department of Planning and Environment.
    • Committees will comprise members with a range of backgrounds and interests. This can include representatives from local councils, landowner groups, community representative groups and interested community members. It will also include representatives from ARTC.
    • All nominations for membership of a CCC must be made directly to the chair, who will assess them against the criteria established by the guidelines and then make recommendations to the Department of Planning and Environment on which applicants should be appointed.
    The purpose of the committees is to:
    • Facilitate broader community involvement in the project to seek community feedback and input to project outcomes
    • Increase awareness and understanding for the project by providing communities with ‘one-point of call’ for project information; and
    • Act as a conduit between the project team and the community to provide information or address issues and concerns.