Media releases

Read the latest news on Inland Rail.

Read the latest news on Inland Rail.

  • New phase of consultation for Inland Rail’s Illabo to Stockinbingal project - 30 July 2019

    22 days ago
    Awr 8249
    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

    about 2 months ago
    Delivery of steel
    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

    about 2 months ago
    Ar 003485
    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

    about 2 months ago
    Awr 0095 edited 2
    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
  • Letter to the Editor: Response to article 'Rail lines not necessarily the answer in 2019' - 24 June 2019

    about 2 months ago
    Awr 3236 edited

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

    Letter to editor:

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

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

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

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

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

    Letter to editor:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Products familiar to the Riverina.

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

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

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

    That drives costs up, not down.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    3 months ago
    Community consultation ppp

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

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

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

    “For people who can’t...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    5 months ago
    Comp chat

    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

    Images

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

    5 months ago
    181213 artc inlandrail highres 002 %281%29

    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

    5 months ago
    Ar 000787

    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

    5 months ago
    Image008

    • 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.

    // ENDS \\

    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