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  • Expressions of Interest sought for construction and sleeper contracts on Inland Rail - 11 October 2019

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    The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has commenced talks with industry to construct a 171 km section of rail track in northern New South Wales and to deliver 1.44 million sleepers as part of the once-in-a generation Inland Rail project.

    ARTC has called for two separate Expressions of Interest (EOI) to seek suitably qualified applicants for construction on the Narrabri to North Star section of Inland Rail and a second process to supply rail sleepers program wide.

    ARTC Inland Rail Chief Executive Richard Wankmuller said as work continues on the critical Inland Rail project more and more regional communities will...

    The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has commenced talks with industry to construct a 171 km section of rail track in northern New South Wales and to deliver 1.44 million sleepers as part of the once-in-a generation Inland Rail project.

    ARTC has called for two separate Expressions of Interest (EOI) to seek suitably qualified applicants for construction on the Narrabri to North Star section of Inland Rail and a second process to supply rail sleepers program wide.

    ARTC Inland Rail Chief Executive Richard Wankmuller said as work continues on the critical Inland Rail project more and more regional communities will benefit economically through job creation and the expansion of local businesses.

    “Inland Rail is already securing jobs for regional Australians. The benefits of Inland Rail will be felt far beyond the route as businesses come on board to build this essential link in our national supply chain,” Mr Wankmuller said.

    “This once-in-a generation project will complete the backbone of the national freight network by providing a transit time of 24 hours or less for freight trains between Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland,” he said.

    “Inland Rail is creating opportunities for regions to connect to cities and businesses to markets. With a project of this size comes numerous prospects for people, businesses and communities to profit and prosper.”

    At the height of construction there will be 16,000 direct and indirect jobs from Inland Rail and ARTC is focused on ensuring that in addition to major construction industry, local companies, businesses and job seekers take part in the different aspects of Inland Rail where they can.

    “The Parkes to Narromine section of Inland Rail is now 10 months into full construction and the economic benefits can already been clearly seen in Parkes and surrounding regions,” Mr Wankmuller said.

    “Inland Rail construction is injecting significant dollars into local businesses and the regional economy with $41.2 million spent so far.”

    Around the Central West region of NSW, businesses benefitting from the flow of work from Inland Rail include services for concrete supply, transportation, fencing, earthmoving, drainage, electrical works, security and water bore drilling providers.

    These are the sorts of opportunities and economic development that will come from the Narrabri to North Star project which will include upgrading around 171km of existing rail track through the reconstruction of existing track, replacement of bridges and culverts, level crossings and crossing loops.

    Industry briefings are being held to provide an update to the construction industry on Inland Rail with almost 1,000 people registered to attend three sessions in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney and through the live stream service in the coming week.

    You can register to live stream the industry briefings at https://inlandrail.allvio.com/ which are being held on the following dates:

    Brisbane: Friday 11 October, 9.00-11.30am
    Melbourne: Monday 14 October, 9.00-11.30am
    Sydney: Thursday 17 October, 9.00-11.30am

    To view the EOI documents, ask a question or to submit an EOI visit www.tenderlink.com/Inlandrail

    Images and vision of sleepers and delivery in northern NSW at this link

    Media Contact:
    Alexandria Bernard
    0438 656 755
    Media Line: 1300 196 401
  • Bigambul People seek opportunity with Inland Rail - 30 September 2019

    21 days ago
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    The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) will today sign a Statement of Commitment with the Bigambul People of Southern Queensland.

    Initiated by the Bigambul People, the Statement of Commitment reflects the intent of both parties to work together to support the preservation of Bigambul Cultural Heritage on the Inland Rail alignment as the project progresses through their traditional lands.

    Bigambul Native Title Aboriginal Corporation spokesman Justin Saunders welcomes the signing of the Statement of Commitment.

    “This is about Traditional Owner economic empowerment and giving a voice to our young people so that they become part of the future solutions for...

    The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) will today sign a Statement of Commitment with the Bigambul People of Southern Queensland.

    Initiated by the Bigambul People, the Statement of Commitment reflects the intent of both parties to work together to support the preservation of Bigambul Cultural Heritage on the Inland Rail alignment as the project progresses through their traditional lands.

    Bigambul Native Title Aboriginal Corporation spokesman Justin Saunders welcomes the signing of the Statement of Commitment.

    “This is about Traditional Owner economic empowerment and giving a voice to our young people so that they become part of the future solutions for the Bigambul Nation,” Mr Saunders said. “We are hoping to build on the existing strengths in our community and build our economic aspirations for the future.”

    “Our agreement with Inland Rail will help us to foster a greater connection to country for the Bigambul People. We are seeking to create a positive environment for our People through the preservation of our country and traditions while also embracing the future and what that may bring,” he said.

    ARTC Inland Rail Director of Engagement, Environment and Property Rebecca Pickering said the Statement of Commitment will support the social, economic and health aspirations of the Bigambul People.

    “We have consulted with the Bigambul People to identify ways they can capitalise on opportunities from Inland Rail to create social and economic change in their communities,” Ms Pickering said.

    “Primarily they are seeking to create pathways to support longer term opportunities for the Bigambul People,” she said. “There is a shared excitement between ARTC and the Bigambul People that these opportunities can be created through targeted workforce and business development focussing on real job outcomes.”

    “The Statement of Commitment is a significant step as the Bigambul People are recognised Traditional Owners with a Native Title determination giving them established rights in law over their lands to enter an agreement on how we protect their heritage.”

    Ms Pickering said the two parties had also entered into a formal Cultural Heritage Management Plan (CHMP) under the Queensland Cultural Heritage Act, 2003.

    One of the first tangible outcomes from the Statement of Commitment is the Bigambul Youth Summit.

    “The summit addresses a number of issues important to culture and the social and economic aspirations of our young people as the emerging and future leaders of our Nation,” Mr Saunders said. “The contribution from ARTC allows us to take another step on building a future for our People on our traditional lands.”

    The summit involved Bigambul People between 18 and 30-years-old and is being held on Bigambul country at Goondiwindi this week.

    Media contact: Chris Leslight | Mobile 0427 691 262

  • Consultation continues as Inland Rail prepares for EIS submission - 20 September 2019

    about 1 month ago
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    Community members in the Border to Gowrie section of the Inland Rail project will be gaining further certainty this week as the project team consults with landowners and other stakeholders on the railway alignment it is taking to the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process.

    Inland Rail Project Director (North) Rob McNamara said ARTC was looking to make a submission to the Queensland Office of the Coordinator General by the end of the year and was currently working through final details with a number of landholders on the alignment.

    “We are reaching a very crucial, but sensitive stage of the project,...

    Community members in the Border to Gowrie section of the Inland Rail project will be gaining further certainty this week as the project team consults with landowners and other stakeholders on the railway alignment it is taking to the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process.

    Inland Rail Project Director (North) Rob McNamara said ARTC was looking to make a submission to the Queensland Office of the Coordinator General by the end of the year and was currently working through final details with a number of landholders on the alignment.

    “We are reaching a very crucial, but sensitive stage of the project, having now reached the alignment to be submitted to the Office of the Coordinator General for examination under the EIS process,” Mr McNamara said.

    “We started with a study corridor of up to five kilometres wide in some areas, and through a lengthy and comprehensive assessment and consultation process we have reduced the number of landowners potentially affected from 1300 to around 200,” he said.

    “We have worked closely with affected landholders and the community over the past 18 months so we can deliver the best possible line we can. We are now preparing to submit our alignment based on the information we have gathered from the community combined with the best engineering solutions.

    “We have tried from the outset to minimise impacts on landholders and the environment, deliver a value-for-money project for taxpayers and design the best rail line we could. The final alignment is based upon extensive field studies, detailed environmental investigations and extensive consultation with communities and landholders.

    “We engaged with experts and spent time with local residents to develop a deep understanding of the Condamine Floodplain and we are confident that we have solutions that will work and that will take on board the lessons from recent major flooding events.”

    Mr McNamara said ARTC’s project delivery team was making individual contact with affected landowners to discuss the final alignment.

    “Communication and consultation are the cornerstones of Inland Rail. For some landowners, this is a difficult process and we are focused on working closely with them to give them as much certainty as we can, as soon as we can, around the process and the alignment,” he said.

    “I acknowledge that not everybody is happy with the outcome, but I think there is consensus that the process, which works through technically complex and emotional issues to take on board stakeholder feedback, has been fair; and we have arrived at the best solution possible.”

    The Queensland Coordinator-General will evaluate the EIS submission against the terms of reference as well as economic and social impacts and seek formal submissions from landowners and the community about the project.

    “Inland Rail will continue to work with the community by providing information on how to make formal submissions as part of the EIS process. The EIS will play a critical role in identifying, predicting, assessing, evaluating and mitigating the environmental, social, economic and other relevant effects as well as potential opportunities and benefits of the Inland Rail.

    Mr McNamara said there was still 18 months to two years to go before construction begins.

    “We are committed to taking the community with us every step of the way. We are encouraging those affected to continue to work with us to get the best outcomes possible,” he said.

    “Inland Rail will inject $6 billion into Queensland over the course of its construction and generate around 7200 jobs, many of these in regional communities along the alignment. We are working with the community to get the best outcomes we can in terms of design and positive opportunities.”

    To support consultation activities, Inland Rail this week released an updated Border to Gowrie interactive map, which allows users to add location-based questions, comments and feedback. The map is available at https://maps.inlandrail.com.au/b2g.

    Media contact: Chris Leslight | Mobile 0427 691 262
  • Inland Rail holds Narrabri to North Star information sessions - 16 September 2019

    about 1 month ago
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    Inland Rail is conducting a new round of consultation on the Narrabri to North Star project.

    N2NS Senior Project Manager Mark Stevens said a round of information sessions will be held at Moree, Croppa Creek, North Star, Narrabri and Bellata from September 23 to 26 on key aspects of the project including flooding and noise impacts.

    “Inland Rail continues to engage with directly-affected landowners, communities, local and state government representatives,” Mr Stevens said.

    “We are embarking on another round of community sessions to keep locals informed of our progress. These community updates are a vital part of our planning and...

    Inland Rail is conducting a new round of consultation on the Narrabri to North Star project.

    N2NS Senior Project Manager Mark Stevens said a round of information sessions will be held at Moree, Croppa Creek, North Star, Narrabri and Bellata from September 23 to 26 on key aspects of the project including flooding and noise impacts.

    “Inland Rail continues to engage with directly-affected landowners, communities, local and state government representatives,” Mr Stevens said.

    “We are embarking on another round of community sessions to keep locals informed of our progress. These community updates are a vital part of our planning and consultation work,” he said.

    Mr Stevens said the project 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.

    “We are continuing to give the community the opportunity to comment on matters of importance to them.

    The upcoming sessions will focus on flooding and noise impacts in SP1 as well as offer a project update to all community members living in the Narrabri to North Star project area,” he said.

    “A new EIS process will be undertaken for SP2 in the coming months and we will be out talking to the community further about this area shortly.

    “Many residents are time poor with competing demands during the day, so to avoid any disappointment double-check the session time you would like to attend on https://inlandrail.artc.com.au/N2NS/key_dates or call 1800 732 761.”

    Community members are invited to provide their feedback by visiting one of the following information sessions:
    • Monday, September 23 from 11.30am to 2.30pm at the Moree Services Club, Albert Street, Moree;
    • Monday September 23 from 5pm to 8pm at the Croppa Creek Memorial Hall, Gunyerwarildi-Croppa Road, Croppa Creek;
    • Tuesday, September 24 from 11am to 2pm at the North Star Sports Club, North Star Road, North Star;
    • Tuesday, September 24 from 5pm to 8pm at the Moree Services Club, Albert Street, Moree;
    • Wednesday, September 25 from 11am-2pm and 4pm-7pm at The Crossing Theatre, 117 Tibbereena Street, Narrabri; and
    • Thursday, September 26 from 11am to 2pm at Bellata Golf Club, 80 Berrigal Creek-Bellata Road, Bellata.
    Media contact: Chris Leslight | Mobile 0427 691 262
  • Community groups benefit from Inland Rail funding grants - 13 September 2019

    about 1 month ago
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    Community groups are sharing in more than $65,000 allocated from the first round of Inland Rail funding grants for projects and initiatives contributing to the wellbeing of regional communities.

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

    “Earlier this year nominations were sought from regional centres along the Inland Rail corridor for projects, events, and activities that help achieve community and regional prosperity and sustainability,” Ms Pickering said.

    “Inland Rail will leave positive legacies...

    Community groups are sharing in more than $65,000 allocated from the first round of Inland Rail funding grants for projects and initiatives contributing to the wellbeing of regional communities.

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

    “Earlier this year nominations were sought from regional centres along the Inland Rail corridor for projects, events, and activities that help achieve community and regional prosperity and sustainability,” Ms Pickering said.

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

    “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.

    “It’s very pleasing to see the range of worthwhile projects and initiatives that have been recognised as successful recipients for this initial round.

    “Along the corridor, recipients include sporting groups, schools, men’s sheds, and Aboriginal organisations with a diverse range of initiatives.”

    Ms Pickering said there were more opportunities for groups to tap into the Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations Program.

    “There will be quarterly rounds of funding, continuing throughout Inland Rail construction with eligible groups able to apply for funding of between $1000 and $4000,” she said

    “Nominations for Round 3 funding are open and close on 31 October and I encourage other non-profit groups to lodge their applications.”

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

    The full list of recipients for Round 1 funding are as follows:

    Project

    Recipient

    LGA

    State

    Parkes Women's Bowling Club Ladies Classic Triples

    Parkes Bowling and Sports Club Limited -Women’s Bowling Section

    Parkes

    NSW

    2019 National Reconciliation Week event

    Bogan River Peak Hill Wiradjuri Aboriginal Corp

    Peak Hill

    NSW

    Forbes Men's Shed Community Garden

    Forbes Community Men's Shed

    Forbes

    NSW

    Men's Shed Trailer

    Rosewood Men's Shed

    Ipswich

    QLD

    New chairs for Tullamore Showground precinct

    Tullamore PA&H Assoc

    Parkes

    NSW

    Small business workshops

    Warrumbungle Shire Council

    Warrambungle

    NSW

    Giving Gilgandra CWA rooms a voice

    CWA of NSW Gilgandra Evening Branch

    Gilgandra

    NSW

    Lego Boost kits

    Parkes Public School

    Parkes

    NSW

    Fit for Life

    PCYC NSW Ltd

    Parkes

    NSW

    Toy Library Refresh Project

    Kath Dickson Family Centre

    Toowoomba

    QLD

    Coaching Clinic

    Gilgandra Junior Cricket Association

    Gilgandra

    NSW

    Portable Stage

    Inglewood State School P&C

    Inglewood

    QLD

    NAIDOC Week Celebrations

    Boggabilla Central School

    Moree Plains

    NSW

    North Star Trail Ride medical services

    North Star Sporting Club

    Moree Plains

    NSW

    Valuing Local Volunteers

    Laidley Community Centre Inc

    Laidley

    QLD

    Purchase of water tanks

    Narromine Pony Club

    Narromine

    NSW

    Youth development in Aboriginal culture and heritage

    Trangie Local Aboriginal Land Council

    Narromine

    NSW

    NAIDOC Week Moree 2019 Family and Cultural Day

    Miyay Birray Youth Service

    Moree Plains

    NSW

    Donation of sleepers from P2N

    Coonamble Aboriginal Land Council

    Coonamble

    NSW

    Disability access to the AAA FM Station

    Wagga Wagga Community Media Inc

    Wagga Wagga

    NSW

    BBQ purchase

    Darling Downs Historical Rail Society Ltd

    Toowoomba

    QLD


    Media contact
    : Chris Leslight | Mobile 0427 691 262
  • Trackwork finished on first Inland Rail greenfield site - 30 August 2019

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    Trackwork near Parkes, which will form the vital link between Inland Rail and the interstate east-west line from Sydney to Perth, is complete.

    Inland Rail CEO Richard Wankmuller said this is another important project milestone and evidence of the improved connectivity, productivity, and economic activity delivered by Inland Rail.

    “This historic link is a vital connection to the Inland Rail spine and the East-West network to Perth,” Mr Wankmuller said.

    “What was a greenfield site now accommodates this significant rail connection that will be handed over in the coming weeks to become operational. In the second quarter of next year,...

    Trackwork near Parkes, which will form the vital link between Inland Rail and the interstate east-west line from Sydney to Perth, is complete.

    Inland Rail CEO Richard Wankmuller said this is another important project milestone and evidence of the improved connectivity, productivity, and economic activity delivered by Inland Rail.

    “This historic link is a vital connection to the Inland Rail spine and the East-West network to Perth,” Mr Wankmuller said.

    “What was a greenfield site now accommodates this significant rail connection that will be handed over in the coming weeks to become operational. In the second quarter of next year, we anticipate it will also link into the Parkes to Narromine line.

    “Connectivity is one of the crucial benefits of Inland Rail on a local, regional, national and international scale, and this link is just the start of the connections Inland Rail will forge along its 1700km route between Melbourne and Brisbane.

    “People can start to see how Inland Rail will link into other rail networks and facilitate the movement of products more efficiently and at a lower cost, which is a boon for producers, consumers, and the Australian economy.”

    The North West Connection is part of Inland Rail’s Parkes to Narromine project, and Mr Wankmuller said construction on this part of Inland Rail is continuing to provide opportunities and an economic boost for local communities.

    “At the end of July, about $24.5 million had been spent with local businesses,” he said.

    “Around 72 local businesses have supplied to the project, about 700 people have worked on the project, of whom about 280 are local, and last month a peak daily workforce of 598 was recorded.

    “Around the Central West region, the range of businesses tapping into the flow of work from Inland Rail involve concrete supply, transportation, fencing, earthmoving, drainage, electrical works, security and geotechnical services. Accommodation providers and the hospitality industry are also reaping the benefits, as are retail outlets, with an influx of workers living and spending locally.

    “This is what we can expect to be replicated along the length of Inland Rail as the different projects making up the corridor progress into construction.”

    Motorists should note that there are two new level crossings as part of the North West Connection, one at Coopers Road and one at Brolgan Road. These will have boom gates and flashing lights and road users should obey signage and warning signals.

    Media contact: ARTC media team 1300 196 401

    High resolution images and video: Link here
  • New phase of consultation for Inland Rail’s Illabo to Stockinbingal project - 30 July 2019

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    The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is entering a new phase of consultation on Inland Rail for the Illabo to Stockinbingal project.

    Inland Rail Albury to Parkes Project Director Cameron Simpkins said the study area for the section between Illabo and Stockinbingal has been refined and a 250m-wide Focused Area of Investigation (FAI) established.

    “The comprehensive studies and investigations undertaken to date by our Inland Rail teams have narrowed the original study area from a width of about 2km to about 250m-wide,” Mr Simpkins said.

    “The process of determining a Focused Area of Investigation has already resulted in a reduction...

    The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is entering a new phase of consultation on Inland Rail for the Illabo to Stockinbingal project.

    Inland Rail Albury to Parkes Project Director Cameron Simpkins said the study area for the section between Illabo and Stockinbingal has been refined and a 250m-wide Focused Area of Investigation (FAI) established.

    “The comprehensive studies and investigations undertaken to date by our Inland Rail teams have narrowed the original study area from a width of about 2km to about 250m-wide,” Mr Simpkins said.

    “The process of determining a Focused Area of Investigation has already resulted in a reduction in the number of landowners who may be directly impacted from 65 to 22.”

    Mr Simpkins said a broad range of factors were considered in the process to determine the Focused Area of Investigation.

    “Considerations included technical viability, environmental impacts, safety assessments, construction and operations requirements as well as community and property impacts,” he said.

    The narrowed focused area is the most direct route, using existing road corridors where possible and minimising the impacts on farming land. It also minimises the number of level crossings required, and avoids known Aboriginal artefacts, flood prone areas to the west, and rocky terrain to the east.

    “All the information we’ve been gathering in consultation with the local community is fed into our design process, as we rely on local knowledge to help us get the best result,” Mr Simpkins said.

    “We are now consulting closely with landowners, and we are also holding community information sessions this week, to share more details and seek feedback about the focused area of investigation and proposed elements such as road and rail crossings.

    “Our consultation activities during the coming months will then further inform how the design will progress as we work towards defining a final rail corridor of 40 to 60m.”

    Mr Simpkins said ARTC will continue to work closely with landowners.

    “We understand that landowners’ properties are critically important and many have queries about what Inland Rail is going to mean to them,” he said.

    “For some landowners, this is a difficult process and we are focused on working closely with them to give them as much certainty as we can, as soon as we can, around the project, process and the alignment.

    “As we enter this more detailed phase of our studies, we are taking care to ensure we meet with all landowners on an individual basis and discuss the unique aspects of their properties and what is important to them.

    “We’ll continue this consultation with landowners and complete the necessary environmental approvals before we release the proposed final 40 to 60m-wide rail corridor as part of our Environmental Impact Statement in early 2020.”

    The Illabo to Stockinbingal section will provide a new direct route from east of Illabo tracking north to Stockinbingal and will comprise 37km of new rail track. The route bypasses the winding section of track called the Bethungra Spiral on the Main South Line, creating a more efficient way to transport freight.

    ARTC is holding information sessions to update local communities about the progress being made and to gather feedback. Community information sessions will be held at:
    • Temora Shire Council, 1 August, 9am to 12noon
    • Illabo Tennis Clubhouse, 1 August, 4pm to 7pm,
    • Ellwood Hall, Stockinbingal, 2 August, 9am to 12 noon
    • Meeting Room 1, Cootamundra Library, 2 August, 4pm to 7pm and 3 August, 9am to 12 noon
    Media contact: ARTC media team 1300 196 401
  • $31 million innovative steel contract delivers for Inland Rail - 4 July 2019

    4 months ago
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    A $31 million contract to supply steel rail for the next stage of Inland Rail construction is
    underway with the initial 6,000-tonne batch of the new steel rolled off the Whyalla production
    line in late May, and now being delivered to northern NSW.

    “Whyalla is a big part of Australia’s rail history and their steel underpins thousands of
    kilometres of ARTC’s existing network around Australia, including the first section of Inland
    Rail from Parkes to Narromine where nearly 14,000 tonnes of steel has been delivered for
    construction now underway,” Inland Rail CEO Richard Wankmuller said.

    “We are preparing for the...

    A $31 million contract to supply steel rail for the next stage of Inland Rail construction is
    underway with the initial 6,000-tonne batch of the new steel rolled off the Whyalla production
    line in late May, and now being delivered to northern NSW.

    “Whyalla is a big part of Australia’s rail history and their steel underpins thousands of
    kilometres of ARTC’s existing network around Australia, including the first section of Inland
    Rail from Parkes to Narromine where nearly 14,000 tonnes of steel has been delivered for
    construction now underway,” Inland Rail CEO Richard Wankmuller said.

    “We are preparing for the next stage of construction on Inland Rail on the Narrabri to North
    Star section following Federal and State Government project and associated
    approvals. This high-quality steel by Liberty - which is the only Australian manufacturer of
    rail steel to the standards required for Inland Rail - will be used for reconstruction of the
    existing track, construction of a new section of rail line at Camurra and level crossing works,
    among other things.

    This current steel delivery has an innovative new rail design, designed and manufactured in
    Australia specifically for the 1700km Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail project.

    Inland Rail CEO, Richard Wankmuller, said the new rail shape – produced by the combined
    expertise of the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) and Liberty – was designed by
    ARTC to enhance Australia’s largest rail infrastructure project.

    “In order to deliver its full benefits, Inland Rail needs to provide a safe and fast alignment,
    and the modified rail cross-section profile accommodates this by improving the performance
    of the wheel-rail interface” Mr Wankmuller said.

    “The new profile has been developed to reduce rail wear and reduce maintenance costs,
    and lessens the requirement for rail grinding on commissioning of the track”. It has been
    incorporated into the publicly available suite of ARTC Track Standards and from now on
    become the new norm for all tangent track across ARTC’s 6500km Interstate Network.

    “The innovative new profile was designed by ARTC teams and the final shape was further
    refined in conjunction with Liberty Primary Steel in Whyalla, which is producing the first rail
    delivered for the section of Inland Rail between Narrabri and North Star.

    “This is only the beginning. There are five Sydney Harbour Bridges’ worth of steel required to
    build Inland Rail between Melbourne and Brisbane. That means more potential for jobs and
    benefits for Australians. The benefits of Inland Rail are starting to flow to businesses, not just
    in NSW, but all around Australia.”

    Liberty General Manager Commercial, Carol-Anne Nelson, said the company was pleased to
    secure yet another significant Inland Rail contract, as well as being able to deliver such an
    innovative new product.

    “As we seek to transform our business, it’s vital we develop and grow our product range to
    cater for an evolving market, working closely with our customers to create customised,
    premium solutions,” Ms Nelson said.

    “It is exciting to be supplying such an innovative product, particularly to this landmark ‘nationbuilding’
    project which will also create additional employment and industry opportunities in
    regional communities right across Australia, including Whyalla.”.

    Ms Nelson said as well as helping Liberty secure the new contract, this product may also
    reduce roller-wear, increasing the productivity of Whyalla’s rail manufacturing process.

    “ARTC have a choice about where they buy their steel from, so we’re very pleased that
    they're continuing to buy our high-quality, Australian-made steel for the next stage of this
    vital infrastructure project,” she said.

    “They will also be one of our customers that will soon see the benefit from a $3 million
    investment in the existing Whyalla rail plant, which will lead to various improvements and
    deliver enhancements in productivity and accuracy.”

    The Institute of Railway Technology at Monash University peer reviewed the new profile and
    provided valuable support through the development of the final product.

    Media contacts:

    ARTC: Media Team 1300 196 401

    Liberty: Luke O’Donnell 0438 294 377

    Hi-resolution images available here:


    First rail delivery, North Star:
  • Joint Ministerial Release: Innovative Australian steel used for Inland Rail track - 3 July 2019

    4 months ago
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    An innovative rail steel, designed and manufactured in Whyalla, South Australia specifically for Inland Rail demonstrates the far-reaching opportunities generated by this once-in-a-generation infrastructure project.

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the new rail would improve the performance of faster, more efficient double-stacked trains, supporting speeds of up to 115 kilometres per hour along the alignment.

    “Consistent with the Government’s commitment to growing our regional economies, Inland Rail is a catalyst for local jobs well beyond the Melbourne to Brisbane alignment,” Mr McCormack said.

    “6,000 tonnes of innovative rail was designed and...

    An innovative rail steel, designed and manufactured in Whyalla, South Australia specifically for Inland Rail demonstrates the far-reaching opportunities generated by this once-in-a-generation infrastructure project.

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the new rail would improve the performance of faster, more efficient double-stacked trains, supporting speeds of up to 115 kilometres per hour along the alignment.

    “Consistent with the Government’s commitment to growing our regional economies, Inland Rail is a catalyst for local jobs well beyond the Melbourne to Brisbane alignment,” Mr McCormack said.

    “6,000 tonnes of innovative rail was designed and manufactured in Whyalla and delivered to central New South Wales for the next section of the Inland Rail track between Narrabri and North Star.

    “We know that our local manufacturers have the skills and creativity to be competitive. That is why Inland Rail has chosen top-quality, Australian-made steel to build this transformational project — because we know towns like Whyalla produce world-class products,” Mr McCormack said.

    Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said that large-scale infrastructure such as Inland Rail has long been a driver of job creation and regional growth.

    “The Government’s pro-growth agenda is about creating jobs and stimulating local development. Inland Rail is a critical part of the Government’s plan for a stronger economy,” Senator Cormann said.

    “We know that the nation’s success is underpinned by the hard work and aspiration of everyday Australians, but we also know that we need to ensure our industries — from small businesses to factories such as LibertyOne Steel — remain internationally competitive.

    “That’s why we’re building transformational infrastructure projects such as Inland Rail to build economic resilience and strength, building on Australia’s reputation as leaders of innovative manufacturing and design,” Senator Cormann said.

    Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey welcomed the advice that LibertyOne Steel Whyalla Steelworks had been contracted to manufacture rail for the Narromine to North Star section of Inland Rail.

    “Whyalla has a long and proud history of manufacturing rail steel for our rail network, including a $20 million contract to supply 14,000 tonnes of rail for the Parkes to Narromine section of Inland Rail,” Mr Ramsey said.

    “Manufacturing is the predominant industry in Whyalla with more than 23,000 people in the town and its surrounds reliant on the iron and steel industry. Contracts such as this, for Inland Rail, make a real difference in the lives of Whyalla locals.

    “Even 10 jobs staying in Whyalla because of Inland Rail is a huge win for the town, and with approximately 262,000 tonnes of steel needed to build Inland Rail — the equivalent to five Sydney Harbour Bridges — I have upmost confidence in the steel plant’s capacity to continue to deliver the high standard required for Inland Rail.”

    Media Contact(s):

    Mr McCormack – Hannah Maguire 0429 920 254

    Senator Cormann – Karen Wu 0428 350 139

    Mr Ramsay – Leonie Lloyd-Smith 0417 827 523
  • Warrumbungle businesses to benefit from Inland Rail funding grants - 2 July 2019

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    More than $65,000 has been allocated to communities across regional Australia from the first round of Inland Rail funding grants for projects and initiatives contributing to the wellbeing of regional communities.

    Inland Rail Director Engagement, Environment & Property Rebecca Pickering said $4000 from Inland Rail’s Community Sponsorship and Donations Program has been granted to the Warrumbungle Shire Council to run small business workshops in the community.

    “Earlier this year nominations were sought from regional centres along the Inland Rail corridor for projects, events, and activities that help achieve community and regional prosperity and sustainability,” Ms Pickering said.

    “Eligible groups were...

    More than $65,000 has been allocated to communities across regional Australia from the first round of Inland Rail funding grants for projects and initiatives contributing to the wellbeing of regional communities.

    Inland Rail Director Engagement, Environment & Property Rebecca Pickering said $4000 from Inland Rail’s Community Sponsorship and Donations Program has been granted to the Warrumbungle Shire Council to run small business workshops in the community.

    “Earlier this year nominations were sought from regional centres along the Inland Rail corridor for projects, events, and activities that help achieve community and regional prosperity and sustainability,” Ms Pickering said.

    “Eligible groups were able to apply for funding of between $1000 and $4000.
    “It’s very pleasing to see the range of worthwhile projects and initiatives that have been recognised as successful recipients for this initial round.

    “Along the corridor, recipients include sporting groups, schools, men’s sheds, and Aboriginal organisations with a diverse range of initiatives.”

    Warrumbungle Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Denis Todd, said: “Council would like thank Inland Rail for this funding through the Community Sponsorship and Donations Program.

    “This funding will enable Council to provide further support to local small businesses through skill development and networking opportunities.

    “Workshops will be held throughout the shire area in the coming months to facilitate growth within the local businesses and contractors.”

    Ms Pickering said there were more opportunities for groups to tap into the Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations Program.

    “There will be quarterly rounds of funding, continuing throughout Inland Rail construction,” she said.

    “Nominations for Round 2 funding are now open and close on 31 July, so I encourage other non-profit groups to lodge their applications.”

    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: Bas Bolyn, ARTC, 0477 340 658