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  • Inland Rail donation puts Gummingurru artefacts in the spotlight - 13 July 2020

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    9 days ago

    A sponsorship under Round 4 of the Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations program is putting a range of Indigenous artefacts under a new spotlight.

    The $4000 sponsorship to the Gummingurru Aboriginal Corporation (GAC) enabled a museum grade display cabinet to be purchased allowing artefacts to be kept safely behind glass while being illuminated.

    Gummingurru Aboriginal Corporation spokesperson Shannon Bauwens said traditional owners were sorting through hundreds of artefacts before deciding which would appear in the new display cabinet.

    “We consulted with experienced curators about where they had sourced their display cabinets and they gave us a contact to have...

    A sponsorship under Round 4 of the Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations program is putting a range of Indigenous artefacts under a new spotlight.

    The $4000 sponsorship to the Gummingurru Aboriginal Corporation (GAC) enabled a museum grade display cabinet to be purchased allowing artefacts to be kept safely behind glass while being illuminated.

    Gummingurru Aboriginal Corporation spokesperson Shannon Bauwens said traditional owners were sorting through hundreds of artefacts before deciding which would appear in the new display cabinet.

    “We consulted with experienced curators about where they had sourced their display cabinets and they gave us a contact to have a specialised Museum-grade case with internal lighting made for our artefacts,” Mr Bauwens said.

    “We are now seeking additional investment to build Gummingurru into a world class cultural experience,” he said. “We want to display the best examples of indigenous culture we have so it has also given us a renewed focus on cataloguing the artefacts. We have hundreds to sort through before we will make a final decision on what will go on display.”

    For thousands of years large gatherings were held to coincide with harvesting of the Bunya nuts in the nearby mountains and young men were initiated into manhood at ceremonial places such as Gummingurru before participating in 'men's business' at these festivals.

    The site, which features a number of stone arrangements including a Bora ring, is now preserved and protected by the Gummingurru Aboriginal Corporation.

    “Grants like this one from Inland Rail will help us to continue to ‘resurrect’ and protect the site. As custodians we want all Australians interested in learning about Aboriginal culture and heritage to be able to visit the site,” Mr Bauwens said.

    “People can now visit the site and take a journey through the stone arrangements with a traditional custodian, look at the artefacts on display and participate in story-telling that teaches you about the site.

    “We hope that non-Indigenous people visiting the site and talking to us about our culture is part of the reconciliation process of our country. It shows how sharing and promoting our culture can lead to better appreciation and understanding.

    “We owe a lot to Ben Gilbert (the farmer who previously owned the property) who learnt the stories of the site, it’s significance and the interpretations of the stone arrangements from local Western Wakka Wakka/Jarowoir man Bunda ‘Harry’ Darlo.

    “Ben Gilbert protected the site and made sure it was recorded by the Queensland Museum so it would not be lost and was subsequently bestowed with the tribal name of “Banda” (protector) by Bunda “Harry” Darlo.”

    More than $300,000 in sponsorships has been awarded by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) to schools, volunteer groups and associations across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, as part of Inland Rail’s commitment to communities where Australia’s largest freight project is being built and operated.

    ARTC Inland Rail Director Engagement Environment and Property Rebecca Pickering said the Community Sponsorships and Donations program is a key commitment to ensure regional communities’ benefit from this unique project.

    “With Inland Rail already delivering jobs confidence and local business uplift in communities along the rail corridor, the Sponsorships and Donations program aims to help the heart of our regional communities tick by supporting volunteers, sporting groups and students alike,” Mrs Pickering said.

    “Applications are now being invited for the next round of the program, closing on Friday, July 31 to eligible community groups for projects and activities which contribute to local and regional prosperity, well-being and sustainability.”

    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

    Photographs included with release:

    Caption: Lee Faulkner places a grinding stone into the new display cabinet at Gummingurru near Gowrie Junction. Hundreds of artefacts will need to be sorted through before the final display items are determined.

    Caption: Matthew Washington and Michael Lucas in front of the new display case. The next round of applications for Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations program closes on July 31, 2020.

    Media contact: Chris Leslight | Mobile 0427 691 262

  • Expressions of Interest open for Tottenham to Albury section of Inland Rail - 8 June 2020

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    about 2 months ago

    As the Tottenham to Albury section of Inland Rail continues to progress, the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has commenced an Expressions of Interest process to engage two companies to complete the early phase of design and construction work in a procurement process known as Early Contractor Involvement.

    The Victorian section of Inland Rail is one of 13 connected projects that will enhance supply chains and complete the backbone of the national rail freight network, offering a transit time of 24 hours or less for freight trains between Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

    ARTC’s...

    As the Tottenham to Albury section of Inland Rail continues to progress, the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has commenced an Expressions of Interest process to engage two companies to complete the early phase of design and construction work in a procurement process known as Early Contractor Involvement.

    The Victorian section of Inland Rail is one of 13 connected projects that will enhance supply chains and complete the backbone of the national rail freight network, offering a transit time of 24 hours or less for freight trains between Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

    ARTC’s General Manager Projects Victoria Ed Walker said the Tottenham to Albury project involves designing and rebuilding bridges, associated civil works and track lowering at 12 sites, as well as the delivery of overhead wiring, signal gantry installations and track slews along the existing North East rail line from Beveridge (north of Melbourne) to Albury.

    “We’re asking contractors to express their interest in the works, especially those with experience delivering a program of complex road and rail infrastructure in regional locations, with a value in excess of $200 million,” Mr Walker said.

    “Inland Rail will cut over ten hours and 200 kilometres off the transit from Victoria to Queensland for freight, and provides a direct connection to Queensland, bypassing the heavily constrained route through Sydney and the circuitous route via the NSW North Coast.

    “Not only does Inland Rail deliver a freight solution to support the country’s future, but it is critical to keep the national economy moving, particularly in regional areas along the alignment by supporting businesses and keeping locals employed,” said Mr Walker.

    “A recent EY report into Inland Rail Regional Opportunities estimated that Inland Rail will boost the Victorian Gross Regional Product by up to $4.6 billion over a 50-year operating period, on top of the positive impacts during the construction period.

    “Key industries such as food processing, timber/paper manufacturing and defence manufacturing are set to benefit from more connected rail freight links and efficiency from the project.”

    For more information or to view the EOI documents, visit tenderlink.com/inlandrail - applications can be submitted until 5pm on 13 July, with plans to shortlist dual Early Contractor Involvement contractors by August 2020 and select a contractor for the Design and Construction by early 2021.

    Media Contact: ARTC Media line 1300 196 401

  • Inland Rail scholarships awarded at Charles Sturt University - 10 June 2020

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    2 months ago

    Four undergraduate scholarships valued at up to $20,000 each have been awarded by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) to Charles Sturt University (CSU) students as part of the Inland Rail Skills Academy program.

    The scholarship program is open to undergraduate degree students living within areas close to the ARTC’s Inland Rail alignment and provides financial assistance of $5000 per year of study.

    The scholarship enables students to undertake studies and ultimately pursue careers to enrich and diversify regional economies and contribute positively to their communities. Successful students also receive invaluable support from CSU to help them integrate and stay...

    Four undergraduate scholarships valued at up to $20,000 each have been awarded by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) to Charles Sturt University (CSU) students as part of the Inland Rail Skills Academy program.

    The scholarship program is open to undergraduate degree students living within areas close to the ARTC’s Inland Rail alignment and provides financial assistance of $5000 per year of study.

    The scholarship enables students to undertake studies and ultimately pursue careers to enrich and diversify regional economies and contribute positively to their communities. Successful students also receive invaluable support from CSU to help them integrate and stay engaged in their studies.

    Inland Rail Director Community & Environment Rebecca Pickering said Inland Rail is keen to support regional students by providing opportunities for them to graduate into careers which will add value to their local communities.

    “These scholarships, and any employment opportunities they unlock, will act as a catalyst for positive change in many regional communities along the Inland Rail project alignment, and we are delighted to partner with Charles Sturt University in support of our locals,” Ms Pickering said.

    Director of Advancement at Charles Sturt University Sarah Ansell said the scholarships would help with costs such as accommodation, equipment, relocation and sometimes food and daily living.

    “On behalf of our students, Charles Sturt University would like to sincerely thank ARTC for such a wonderful and generous donation,” she said.

    “The partnership has allowed the creation of a number of scholarships that have an enormous impact on the individuals receiving them, as well as bringing huge benefit to entire communities.

    “In some cases, they are providing access to tertiary education that students may have not otherwise been able to afford, and in other cases they provide students with an increased likelihood of success.

    “The STEM focus is vital to regional Australia and through this program we can provide core skills to our regions by way of creating professionals such as nurses, vets, radiographers and teachers.”

    Recipient Jessie Rix said the Inland Rail Scholarship is a welcome bonus as the first member of her immediate family to attend university, enrolling in a Bachelor of Education at the CSU Wagga Wagga campus.

    “I couldn’t believe it when I was told about the scholarship and I’m very excited and sincerely honoured to be a recipient of this incredible scholarship,” said Ms Rix.

    “The funds given to me will not be taken for granted. To know that there are people out there who believe in me and supporting me on my path is great and I’m determined to make them all proud.

    “I’ve always had a passion for working with children and supporting them through solving problems and providing guidance to achieve their goals and dreams.”

    For information about scholarships in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria through the Inland Rail Skills Academy, visit: https://inlandrail.artc.com.au/scholarships

  • Inland Rail scholarships awarded at La Trobe University - 10 June 2020

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    Three undergraduate scholarships valued at up to $20,000 each have been awarded by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) to La Trobe University students as part of the Inland Rail Skills Academy program.

    The scholarship program is open to undergraduate degree students living within areas close to the ARTC’s Inland Rail alignment and provides financial assistance of $5000 per year of study.

    The scholarship enables students to undertake studies and ultimately pursue careers to enrich and diversify regional economies and contribute positively to their communities. Successful students also receive invaluable support from La Trobe to help them integrate and stay...

    Three undergraduate scholarships valued at up to $20,000 each have been awarded by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) to La Trobe University students as part of the Inland Rail Skills Academy program.

    The scholarship program is open to undergraduate degree students living within areas close to the ARTC’s Inland Rail alignment and provides financial assistance of $5000 per year of study.

    The scholarship enables students to undertake studies and ultimately pursue careers to enrich and diversify regional economies and contribute positively to their communities. Successful students also receive invaluable support from La Trobe to help them integrate and stay engaged in their studies.

    Inland Rail Director Community & Environment Rebecca Pickering said Inland Rail is keen to support regional students by providing opportunities for them to graduate into careers which will add value to their local communities.

    “These scholarships, and any employment opportunities they unlock, will act as a catalyst for positive change in many regional communities along the Inland Rail project alignment, and we are delighted to partner with La Trobe University in support of our locals,” Ms Pickering said.

    Scholarship recipient and biomedical science student at La Trobe’s Albury-Wodonga campus Madeline Tomkins said the Inland Rail Scholarship is the first step in her plan to give back to her local community, where she wants to fill gaps in medical resourcing she feels currently exist in regional Victoria.

    “This Inland Rail scholarship will give me future financial stability to get the best education I can, before putting my roots down in a regional area like Wodonga, where I am determined to become a paediatrics specialist,” said Ms Tomkins.

    “People need to be supported and encouraged to stay in their community to study and work, rather than having to move away in the hope they’ll one day return. Scholarships like this one offer that level of support to help keep local people in their hometowns once they leave school and begin their careers.

    “The strength and solid connection that develops in regional communities is often overlooked by society, and I want to be able to practice paediatrics in a rural area to support families from these communities and help give back.

    “Families who have a sick child need to either go through significant financial hardship to get their child to and from specialist appointments in the city, or the child has to travel all that way by themselves, which is equally devastating.”

    LaTrobe Pro-Vice Chancellor (Regional) Dr Guinever Threlkeld said the scholarships were extremely helpful to students, especially in these tough times.

    “I would like to thank ARTC for so generously supporting our regional students. This year, many students are facing hardships due to COVID-19 causing their part time jobs to disappear, and their families to shoulder extra costs,” Dr Threlkeld said.

    “These substantial scholarships ensure that students, who might not otherwise afford a tertiary education, are receiving critical financial support that enables them to pursue their studies.

    “La Trobe’s regional graduates drive about $100 million each year into the Victorian economy. Through our valued partnership, ARTC is directly contributing to the University’s positive impact on regional and rural communities.”

    For information about scholarships in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria through the Inland Rail Skills Academy, visit: https://inlandrail.artc.com.au/scholarships

  • Joint Ministerial Release: First Inland Rail scholarships awarded at University of Southern Queensland - 21 April 2020

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    4 months ago

    Four regional students considering an undergraduate degree at the University of Southern Queensland have been awarded scholarships valued at up to $20,000 each as part of the Australian Rail Track Corporation’s (ARTC) Inland Rail scholarship program.

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the scholarships provide a pathway for students to make a start in a career that will benefit the future of regional Australia.

    “Along with 16,000 jobs created during Inland Rail’s construction, this is a long-term investment in young people and a commitment to support jobs and skill development through the...

    Four regional students considering an undergraduate degree at the University of Southern Queensland have been awarded scholarships valued at up to $20,000 each as part of the Australian Rail Track Corporation’s (ARTC) Inland Rail scholarship program.

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the scholarships provide a pathway for students to make a start in a career that will benefit the future of regional Australia.

    “Along with 16,000 jobs created during Inland Rail’s construction, this is a long-term investment in young people and a commitment to support jobs and skill development through the delivery of Inland Rail,” Mr McCormack said.

    “These scholarships also represent an investment in our local communities as these students embark on a career in industries that will contribute back to their regions by developing a skilled workforce, education and training.

    “Every person trained through Inland Rail will have skills and expertise to take back to their communities, wherever they are in Australia, which will help boost local economies.”

    The ARTC scholarship program is open to undergraduate degree students living in areas close to the Inland Rail alignment and provides financial assistance of $5,000 per year for study.

    The program enables students to learn and ultimately pursue careers to enrich and diversify regional economies and contribute positively to their community. Successful students also receive invaluable support from the University of Southern Queensland to help them integrate and stay engaged.

    Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said skilled workers play a vital role in the Australian economy.

    “Beyond the $16 billion boost from its construction, Inland Rail can add another $13 billion in value to gross regional product over its first 50 years and that depends on the conditions to invest along the rail line,” Minister Cormann said.

    “It’s good to see the Inland Rail Skills Academy doing their part to build the workforce capability that will attract and retain investment to regional Australia and boost economic output for the long-term.”

    ARTC’s Inland Rail Director for community and environment Rebecca Pickering said the academy was keen to support students by providing opportunities for them to graduate into careers, which add value to their local regions.

    “These scholarships and the employment opportunities they unlock will act as a catalyst for positive change in many regional communities along the Inland Rail alignment. And we are delighted to partner with the University of Southern Queensland in support of our locals,” Ms Pickering said.

    University of Southern Queensland’s Vice Chancellor Geraldine Mackenzie said she was pleased the scholarship program was able to provide valuable financial support to students who need it.

    “The Inland Rail Scholarship Program will support students and ensure a higher student completion rate,” Ms Mackenzie said.

    “It’s fantastic that Inland Rail is providing financial support to regional students who might struggle to afford tertiary education – giving them the opportunity to graduate into fulfilling careers and give back to their communities.”

    Awardees of these Queensland scholarships include Sophie Boon, Samuel Butler, Rebecca Hallahan and Braidyn Newitt.

    For information about scholarships through the Inland Rail Skills Academy, visit: https://inlandrail.artc.com.au/scholarships

    View the original media release.

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

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    5 months ago

    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

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    5 months ago

    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

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    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

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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

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    7 months ago

    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


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