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  • Regional groups encouraged to apply for Inland Rail community funding grants - 5 April 2019

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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

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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

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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

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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

    28 days 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

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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.
  • Aussie Whyalla steel ramps up construction on Inland Rail in NSW - 25 February 2019

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    • Five Sydney Harbour Bridge’s worth of steel required for Melbourne-to-Brisbane project
    • Construction on Inland Rail in Central West NSW ramping up
    • First $20 million dollar steel rail contract from Whyalla successfully delivered
    The Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack joined representatives from the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) and Liberty Steel in Parkes today to mark the completion of the first $20 million order from Liberty’s Whyalla steelworks to the Inland Rail project.

    The milestone coincides with work ramping up on the construction of the North-West Connection, 5.3km of brand new rail which will link the existing...


    • Five Sydney Harbour Bridge’s worth of steel required for Melbourne-to-Brisbane project
    • Construction on Inland Rail in Central West NSW ramping up
    • First $20 million dollar steel rail contract from Whyalla successfully delivered
    The Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack joined representatives from the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) and Liberty Steel in Parkes today to mark the completion of the first $20 million order from Liberty’s Whyalla steelworks to the Inland Rail project.

    The milestone coincides with work ramping up on the construction of the North-West Connection, 5.3km of brand new rail which will link the existing national Interstate railway network to Inland Rail.

    ARTC’s CEO of the Inland Rail project Richard Wankmuller said it was great to see Aussie steel underpinning Inland Rail and securing Australian steelworker jobs.

    “Whyalla steel rail is already used widely for projects across ARTC’s rail network, with Liberty Primary Steel currently supplying three large steel rail contracts concurrently.

    “The construction underway and supply of steel rail to the Inland Rail project is an example of how a project - that has been talked about for generations - will benefit all Australians for the next 100 years,” said Mr Wankmuller.

    Liberty Primary Steel has been steadily manufacturing approximately 14,000 tonnes of steel rail for transportation to Parkes since being awarded the $20 million contract in December 2017.

    Liberty Primary Steel Chief Operating Officer, Theuns Victor, said the company was proud to contribute to projects of the scale and importance of Inland Rail.

    “Our team takes great pride in providing high-quality, Australian-made product towards such an iconic undertaking,” Mr Victor said.

    “It is exciting to see this ‘nation-building’ project being built with Australian steel and benefitting regional communities right across Australia, including Whyalla.

    “Our Whyalla steelworks has forged a close relationship with ARTC over many years, and we are continuing to explore opportunities for the possible supply of our high-quality rail into future stages of this vital infrastructure project.”

    Inland Rail CEO Richard Wankmuller said with construction of Inland Rail now ramping up, the benefits and jobs are flowing to regional Australia with other major contracts including concrete sleepers being fabricated in the NSW Southern Highlands, ballast coming from Parkes and culverts produced in Tamworth.

    “We are excited to be partnering with regional business, boosting jobs, creating vital infrastructure for Australia’s future. With construction accelerating in the Central West, it’s great to see 60 workers from INLink already working on the Parkes to Narromine section,” said Mr Wankmuller.

    “More than $300 million is being spent here in Parkes, boosting spending at the local shops and supporting the local school or café or businesses such as the local auto electrician,” Mr Wankmuller said.

    Rail construction works to upgrade the existing infrastructure between Parkes and Narromine to Inland Rail standard will continue into 2020 to enable preparation for heavier, longer freight trains to travel between Melbourne and Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth.

    Inland Rail will offer a road competitive service which will reduce transit times for freight movements between Melbourne and Brisbane by rail to less than 24 hours, with reliability, freight availability and pricing to meet growing customer needs.

    Media contact: ARTC media team 1300 196 401
  • Construction ramps up as Inland Rail takes hold of track for the first time - 19 February 2019

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    Construction on the Inland Rail is ramping up on the Parkes to Narromine section, with the construction contractor INLink taking possession of the existing track between Goonumbla to Narwonah.

    Granting of the track possession is a process that allows work crews to access the rail corridor safely and undertake construction works while no trains are operating. Rail construction works will continue into 2020.

    The possession enables the project team to start safely upgrading the existing infrastructure to Inland Rail standard in preparation for heavier, longer freight trains to travel between Melbourne and Brisbane when Inland Rail is in operation, expected...

    Construction on the Inland Rail is ramping up on the Parkes to Narromine section, with the construction contractor INLink taking possession of the existing track between Goonumbla to Narwonah.

    Granting of the track possession is a process that allows work crews to access the rail corridor safely and undertake construction works while no trains are operating. Rail construction works will continue into 2020.

    The possession enables the project team to start safely upgrading the existing infrastructure to Inland Rail standard in preparation for heavier, longer freight trains to travel between Melbourne and Brisbane when Inland Rail is in operation, expected in 2025.

    “This is an important milestone.With around 1200km of the Inland Rail project between Melbourne and Brisbane utilising existing track and rail corridors, there will be many more staged possessions as the project progresses to enable workers to carry out construction in the rail corridor safely.

    “With Inland Rail accelerating in the Central West, it’s great to see 60 workers from INLink already working on the Parkes to Narromine section and the benefits of Inland Rail flowing to the local community,” said Colin Forde, Project Director of Parkes to Narromine.

    The possession milestone follows the official Sod Turn for Inland Rail in Parkes on 13 December 2018 which marked the start of work on the 5.3 kilometres of new rail track called the North–West Connection which will join the existing Broken Hill Line to the existing rail track south of Henry Parkes Way. Ongoing work on the Parkes to Narromine corridor includes new and rehabilitated track formation, culvert, rail, concrete sleepers, crossing loops, signalling/control systems.

    INLink is a joint venture between BMD Group and Fulton Hogan and was appointed to construct the Parkes to Narromine section in 2018.

    Anyone with questions about Inland Rail can call 1800 732 761.