and Queensland Governments signed a bilateral agreement in Toowoomba today allowing
the multi-billion-dollar Inland Rail project to move towards construction in
With Queensland now officially signed up, all three eastern states are
committed to the delivery of the nationally significant project. The new
agreement provides consent for the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) to
deliver Inland Rail in Queensland.
Inland Rail Chief Executive Richard Wankmuller said the signing of the bilateral
agreement was a landmark moment in the delivery of the project.
“It’s a really exciting project, and with construction underway in NSW,
we already know how Inland Rail will create jobs and investment opportunities
as well as addressing Australia's future freight challenges.”
Mr Wankmuller said the agreement paves the way for the delivery of
Inland Rail in Queensland.
“Inland Rail will provide the critical infrastructure needed to ensure
Australia remains competitive by ensuring our freight and supply chain is
modernised and productive to deal with the expected doubling of the freight
task over the next 20 years.”
“As we’ve seen so successfully in regional towns like Parkes in NSW,
Inland Rail has the potential to reinvigorate regional Queensland well beyond
the thousands of jobs that will be created during the construction phase,” Mr
forward to getting on with the job of delivering Inland Rail here in
Queensland. The Australian Rail Track Corporation’s Inland Rail headquarters
are in Brisbane and there are Queensland businesses already delivering services
for this project.”
At the peak of construction, the
Inland Rail project will bring more than 7000 jobs to South East Queensland and
will create a national asset that will continue to serve Australia for
generations to come.
The Queensland section of Inland Rail
is around 21% of the total length of the project with more than $6 billion to
be invested in the State during the project build.
that between now and 2046, Brisbane’s population is projected to grow by 1.6
million to four million, meaning the Brisbane of the future will be nearly the
size of Sydney today. With one of the strongest and most consistent growth
rates of anywhere in the Australia, the south east of Queensland needs to act
now to ensure the best possible future outcomes,” Mr Wankmuller said.
step will be the release of reference designs for the project from the
Queensland Border to Toowoomba released early next year and we really look
forward to hearing comments from the public on that.”