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  • More regional centres benefit from Inland Rail community grants

    13 days ago
    Narromine netball team

    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


    Media contact: Anna Hindson | Mobile 0477 362 231

  • Inland Rail to hold meet and greet for shortlisted construction contractors on Narrabri to North Star section - 15 January 2020

    14 days ago
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    Inland Rail will host two networking events in Narrabri and Moree this month featuring the three shortlisted construction contractors for the Narrabri to North Star (N2NS) – separable portion 1 project section.

    The networking events will provide an opportunity for local businesses to hear from each of the shortlisted contractors and participate in one-on-one meetings with representatives from all three organisations.

    Inland Rail Chief Executive Officer Richard Wankmuller said local businesses were keen to be involved in the project and these networking events would provide a platform to meet with and ask questions of the shortlisted contractors ahead of the...

    Inland Rail will host two networking events in Narrabri and Moree this month featuring the three shortlisted construction contractors for the Narrabri to North Star (N2NS) – separable portion 1 project section.

    The networking events will provide an opportunity for local businesses to hear from each of the shortlisted contractors and participate in one-on-one meetings with representatives from all three organisations.

    Inland Rail Chief Executive Officer Richard Wankmuller said local businesses were keen to be involved in the project and these networking events would provide a platform to meet with and ask questions of the shortlisted contractors ahead of the announcement of the successful contractor mid-year.

    “There are three excellent organisations bidding for this project including Lendlease Engineering Pty Ltd, RailFirst (a joint venture between Downer EDI and Seymour White) and Trans4m Rail (a joint venture between Rhomberg Rail Australia, John Holland and SEE Civil),” Mr Wankmuller said.

    “Each one will have representatives at this event to meet with local businesses and answer questions regarding potential supply opportunities on the N2NS project when construction starts,” he said.

    “I know there is excitement building along the N2NS alignment as we move towards construction and local businesses should be taking advantage of opportunities like these to promote their capabilities to the shortlisted contractors.

    Mr Wankmuller said businesses interested in attending could prepare a business capability statement and a 30-second ‘elevator pitch’ ahead of the meetings to describe what their business does and where it’s located in a bid to streamline discussions with the contractors.

    “The successful contractor will be required to deliver significant local industry and workforce participation and training outcomes, and the Australian Rail Track Corporation will work very closely with them and other stakeholders to achieve these outcomes,” he said.

    “We see Inland Rail as a way to create meaningful change in communities along the alignment by developing a pathway to support longer term economic development and employment outcomes.

    To take part in the events local businesses are being urged to register and book a meeting time at n2ns.youcanbook.me by January 19, 2020.

    The events will be held at:

    • Tuesday, January 21 from 11.30am to 4pm at The Crossing Theatre, 117 Tibbereena Street, Narrabri; and
    • Wednesday, January 22 from 11.30am to 4pm at The Max Centre, Level 1/30 Heber Street, Moree.

    Media contact: Chris Leslight | Mobile 0427 691 262

  • Toomelah elders take Inland Rail staff on cultural tour – 3 December 2019

    about 2 months ago
    Inland rail staff on toomelah cultural tour

    Toomelah elders have written a new chapter in the history of the township by staging cultural heritage appreciation tours for Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) staff building Inland Rail from Melbourne to Brisbane.

    Initiated by the Toomelah community the one-day tours introduced Inland Rail staff to the Dreamtime legends of the local people along the southern side of the Barwon River in New South Wales; as well as giving an insight into the history of the township of Toomelah.

    Toomelah Local Aboriginal Land Council Chief Executive Officer Rex Weribone welcomed the opportunity to undertake the tours.

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    Toomelah elders have written a new chapter in the history of the township by staging cultural heritage appreciation tours for Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) staff building Inland Rail from Melbourne to Brisbane.

    Initiated by the Toomelah community the one-day tours introduced Inland Rail staff to the Dreamtime legends of the local people along the southern side of the Barwon River in New South Wales; as well as giving an insight into the history of the township of Toomelah.

    Toomelah Local Aboriginal Land Council Chief Executive Officer Rex Weribone welcomed the opportunity to undertake the tours.

    “This is the beginning of a relationship between the people at Toomelah and Inland Rail,” Mr Weribone said. “We are hoping this leads to other opportunities for us to work together to build a future for the next generation of our community.”

    “Our people are working with Inland Rail to preserve our cultural heritage along the alignment as the project comes through our traditional lands.”

    ARTC Inland Rail Chief Executive Officer Richard Wankmuller said the tours were part of Inland Rail consultation with Indigenous communities along the length of the 1700km alignment.

    “We have been talking with the Toomelah community to identify ways they can capitalise on opportunities from Inland Rail to create social and economic change,” Mr Wankmuller said.

    “Primarily they are seeking to create pathways to support longer term opportunities for their people,” he said. “We believe these can be created through targeted workforce and business development focussing on real job outcomes.”

    Elder Elaine Edwards said the people of Toomelah were embracing new technology to help them tell their story.

    “Boobera Lagoon is a resting place for the Rainbow Serpent or the Kurrea as we call him. The Serpent burrows as he moves across the land and the water flows behind him in the troughs he creates,” Mrs Edwards said.

    “The water at Boobera is very deep so the magic is strong here. It is very important for our people and a meeting place for many centuries. People would come to trade and hold initiations. Some of these gatherings would last for three months and thousands of people would come,” she said.

    “It is very important for us as the gate-keepers of this site that we protect our history and share the stories.

    “We are looking at new ways to do this into the future, technology is providing us new opportunities to tell our stories … if you use Google Maps the lagoon looks like a serpent from above. This is another way to share with new people, show them what our people knew well before technology came along.”

    Another aspect of the cultural tours is to provide Inland Rail staff with insight into the cultural aspects of working with Aboriginal people.

    “Aboriginal people are taught from a young age not to look people in the eye. This is a sign of respect among our people, but non-Indigenous people may interpret it a different way. It is all about understanding and building relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people,” Mrs Edwards said.

  • Inland Rail shortlists three for Narrabri to North Star (N2NS) SP1 section – 3 December 2019

    about 2 months ago
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    In another milestone for the Narrabri to North Star (N2NS) section of the Inland Rail program, the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has announced the shortlisting of three construction firms to deliver the multi-million-dollar main works contract.

    The shortlisting follows a rigorous expression of interest process, which drew an extremely high standard of responses from local and interstate construction firms.

    The scope of works for this section of N2NS will upgrade approximately 171km of existing track between Narrabri and North Star including the construction of multiple bridges. This project is integral to the overall rolling out of the once-in-a-generation Inland...

    In another milestone for the Narrabri to North Star (N2NS) section of the Inland Rail program, the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has announced the shortlisting of three construction firms to deliver the multi-million-dollar main works contract.

    The shortlisting follows a rigorous expression of interest process, which drew an extremely high standard of responses from local and interstate construction firms.

    The scope of works for this section of N2NS will upgrade approximately 171km of existing track between Narrabri and North Star including the construction of multiple bridges. This project is integral to the overall rolling out of the once-in-a-generation Inland Rail which will redefine the freight task across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

    Inland Rail Chief Executive Officer Richard Wankmuller said the project’s next works package will be awarded to the very best available team and ARTC is now entering a formal Request for Tender phase to determine who will be chosen.

    “There are three excellent tenderers in line for this project including Lendlease Engineering Pty Ltd, RailFirst (a joint venture between Downer EDI and Seymour White) and Trans4m Rail (a joint venture between Rhomberg Rail Australia, BGC Contracting and SEE Civil),” Mr Wankmuller said.

    “The successful contractor for this portion of the work will be required to deliver initiatives and meet targets related to industry participation, employment and workforce development with the Inland Rail team working closely with them to achieve these targets,” he said.

    Mr Wankmuller also pointed out that as the overall program proceeds Inland Rail’s goal is to create meaningful change in communities along the alignment by creating a pathway to support longer term employment outcomes. Inland Rail will result in many benefits for regional centers such as Narrabri, Moree and Goondiwindi as well as smaller centres.

    “I know there is excitement building in the N2NS section as we move towards construction next year and local companies are looking to be ready to hit the ground running once the successful tenderer is announced.

    “In order to help local companies, get ready three regional supplier briefings are being held this week for local businesses. These briefings are intended to help get as many people as possible involved with the project.

    “From the outset Inland Rail has had a focus on creating opportunities for regional workforces and we are also engaging with businesses right across Australia to fill the contracts for the project’s build,” he said.

    “We see Inland Rail as a way to create meaningful change in communities along the alignment by developing a pathway to support longer term employment outcomes. Companies can register for the N2NS project-related subcontract or supply opportunity via ICN Gateway at gateway.icn.org.au.”

    Please note: This section has been divided into two portions (separable portion 1 and separable portion 2 – SP1 and SP2) to enable the more complex hydrology of the 15km floodplain between the Mehi and Gwydir rivers north of Moree to be further investigated, while the remaining 174km upgrade progresses on schedule. This media release is referring to the SP1 section of works.
  • Inland Rail officially given green light in Queensland – 29 November 2019

    about 2 months ago
    Iga

    The Australian and Queensland Governments signed a bilateral agreement in Toowoomba today allowing the multi-billion-dollar Inland Rail project to move towards construction in Queensland.

    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...

    The Australian and Queensland Governments signed a bilateral agreement in Toowoomba today allowing the multi-billion-dollar Inland Rail project to move towards construction in Queensland.

    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 Wankmuller said.

    “We look 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.

    “We know 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.

    “The next 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.”

  • Joint Ministerial Release: Ground-breaking Inland Rail agreement lays the track for Queensland's future - 29 November 2019

    2 months ago
    Ir 48

    The most significant freight infrastructure project in the nation’s history has taken a major step forward with the Australian and Queensland Governments signing a ground-breaking Bilateral Agreement to deliver Inland Rail.

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Bilateral Agreement would ensure Queensland’s future growth is supported by a robust freight rail network capable of servicing the long-term liveability and productivity of Queensland’s regions, towns and cities.

    “The Bilateral Agreement signed today is backed by the Federal Government’s $9.3 billion commitment to deliver Inland Rail and is part of the broader $25...

    The most significant freight infrastructure project in the nation’s history has taken a major step forward with the Australian and Queensland Governments signing a ground-breaking Bilateral Agreement to deliver Inland Rail.

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Bilateral Agreement would ensure Queensland’s future growth is supported by a robust freight rail network capable of servicing the long-term liveability and productivity of Queensland’s regions, towns and cities.

    “The Bilateral Agreement signed today is backed by the Federal Government’s $9.3 billion commitment to deliver Inland Rail and is part of the broader $25 billion commitment we’ve made to road and rail projects across Queensland since coming to Government in 2013,” Mr McCormack said.

    “Our government values the significance of this nation-building project for regional communities. More than 7,000 jobs and a $7 billion boost to Queensland’s economy will make a real difference to the people who live and work in this state.

    “We are transforming the way freight is moved in Australia. For every dollar we are investing in Inland Rail, $2.62 will be returned to the national economy.

    “Modelling by the CSIRO shows an average saving of $76 per tonne for horticulture and post-processed food when shifted onto the double-stacked trains. The data is clear – Inland Rail is a game-changer for regional Australia.

    “We’re already seeing the benefits in New South Wales with the section of track between Parkes and Narromine underway.

    “For this 100 kilometre section, more than $46 million in contracts have been committed to 84 local businesses with 1,000 people having worked on the project – 400 of those are locals.

    “Good paying jobs means more money flowing through small businesses in a particularly difficult time of drought and I look forward to this being replicated in Queensland.”

    Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said the signing of this Bilateral Agreement was a crucial step towards delivering a more efficient freight network for the future, underpinning our national economic growth and international competitiveness.

    “Long-haul rail is cheaper, safer and more reliable than moving freight by road over those distances. That is why the Australian Government has committed up to $9.3 billion to complete the national rail network through Inland Rail,” Minister Cormann said.

    “The shift from road to rail is crucial to ensuring our freight network meets the needs of our growing population.

    “It is great to have the Queensland Government on board now supporting our Inland Rail project. This project will improve the national freight rail network by connecting communities, creating jobs, reducing supply chain costs and making Australian business more competitive.”

    Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said that the agreement reached with the Australian Government cements protections for Queenslanders and would see close to $2 billion in joint-funding fast-tracked for road and rail projects across the state.

    “The delivery of Inland Rail in Queensland is a huge win for the state, providing jobs and opportunities to communities,” Mr Bailey said.

    “This deal will see us work with the Federal Government on business cases for passenger rail services from Salisbury to Beaudesert, Brisbane to Toowoomba and a dedicated rail freight line to the Port of Brisbane.

    “This includes better understanding the expected freight demand on the line into the future and identifying opportunities for intermodal terminals at Ebenezer and Bromelton to assist in managing the freight task.

    “The projects will support the Trade and Enterprise Spine initiative identified under the South East Queensland City Deal Statement of intent.

    “All parties have also agreed to establish an international panel to advise on the modelling of potential flood impacts and continuing community consultation along the project’s chosen route through Queensland.

    “In addition to the expert hydrologists already engaged by the Australian Rail Track Corporation, an expert panel of international specialists will be established to advise on best practice flood structural integrity and report back to the Queensland and Australian Governments.

    “Queenslanders can have confidence that a comprehensive and detailed approvals process for the project is being undertaken that includes rigorous environmental, planning and statutory approvals.”

    View the original media release.
  • Expressions of Interest sought for construction and sleeper contracts on Inland Rail - 11 October 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Media contact: Chris Leslight | Mobile 0427 691 262

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Mr Stevens said the project has been divided into two portions (separable portion 1 and separable portion 2 – SP1 and SP2) to enable the more complex hydrology of the 15km floodplain between the Mehi and Gwydir rivers north of Moree to be further investigated, while the remaining 174km upgrade progresses on schedule.

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

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

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

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

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