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  • 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.
  • 100 years in the making, Australians from Bush to Beach will benefit from Inland Rail - 15 February 2019

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    When the first sod was turned for Inland Rail in December, in the historic NSW railway town of Parkes, it’s a moment some thought might never happen.

    And while there’s still a way to go before expected operation in 2025, it’s a moment to consider why the Australian Rail Track Corporation, on behalf of the Federal Government, is getting on with building Inland Rail.

    With our population growing, we’re facing a congestion issue in our cities and a freight challenge that will impact the whole country.

    On the eastern seaboard, road has three national highways between Melbourne and Brisbane, yet...

    When the first sod was turned for Inland Rail in December, in the historic NSW railway town of Parkes, it’s a moment some thought might never happen.

    And while there’s still a way to go before expected operation in 2025, it’s a moment to consider why the Australian Rail Track Corporation, on behalf of the Federal Government, is getting on with building Inland Rail.

    With our population growing, we’re facing a congestion issue in our cities and a freight challenge that will impact the whole country.

    On the eastern seaboard, road has three national highways between Melbourne and Brisbane, yet only one national rail line that for part of the journey shares the network with the busy Sydney commuter rail system. With the freight task set to double by 2050 that is not going to cut it.

    For Australia to compete and thrive on the world stage, we need a world-class freight network - like in North America and Europe - that supports our farmers and businesses to move products to markets domestically and overseas faster, safer and more efficiently.

    The efficiencies will come from a road-competitive 24-hour transit time, heavier axle loads and double-stacked container trains up to 1.8 km long. An example we already have in our own back yard – from Perth to Parkes – where the ability to run longer, heavier trains has led to 80% of freight travelling on rail.

    With Inland Rail we will replicate these conditions from Melbourne to Brisbane and enhance our national freight network - connecting our capital cities, farms, mines and ports, creating jobs, reducing supply chain costs and making Australian exports more competitive by linking-in with other major infrastructure.

    But the benefits are already flowing, including to our regions, with over $600 million worth of contracts already awarded and jobs created in Parkes, the Southern Highlands and Tamworth this is only the beginning and we expect to see around 16,000 jobs and $16 billion dollars to the national economy stimulating business activity beyond the construction phase.

    Inland Rail has been dubbed the ‘Steel Mississippi’, given the way that river snakes through the United States bringing with it trade and prosperity, but perhaps it should be better known as the ‘Steel Murray’ noting the Australian steel forging its path.

    We’ve got close to 12,000 tonnes of Whyalla steel already delivered for the project and with five Sydney Harbour Bridges worth of steel required for Inland Rail in total, there is a huge pipeline of opportunities for Australian workers.

    It’s fitting that construction commences in Parkes. Once Inland Rail is in operation, Parkes will become an important hub and companies are already investing millions in freight terminals and other infrastructure to be Inland Rail ready.

    Cities like Sydney also benefit, not only from work associated with the project, but Inland Rail creates new capacity for rail lines currently carrying freight and passenger trains from Southwest Sydney and the Southern Highlands.

    We are investing in our future in more ways than one and Inland Rail is that rare project where Australians of all walks of life – from the Bush to the Beach – get to share in the benefits.

    (attributed to Track and Signal Magazine)
  • Inland Rail Central in Queensland with third office to open in Gatton - 14 February 2019

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    With Inland Rail expected to create more than 7,000 jobs in Queensland, a third local project office is being created in Gatton to support the development of the programme.

    The new Lockyer Valley Inland Rail base is due to open in March 2019 complementing expanding project offices in Brisbane and Toowoomba where nearly 200 staff are already based.

    Inland Rail Chief Executive Officer Richard Wankmuller said the Gatton office would have space for up to eight people.

    “The crossing of the Great Dividing Range at Gowrie will be a modern engineering marvel and will need a substantial workforce, many of...

    With Inland Rail expected to create more than 7,000 jobs in Queensland, a third local project office is being created in Gatton to support the development of the programme.

    The new Lockyer Valley Inland Rail base is due to open in March 2019 complementing expanding project offices in Brisbane and Toowoomba where nearly 200 staff are already based.

    Inland Rail Chief Executive Officer Richard Wankmuller said the Gatton office would have space for up to eight people.

    “The crossing of the Great Dividing Range at Gowrie will be a modern engineering marvel and will need a substantial workforce, many of whom will be local residents,” Mr Wankmuller said.

    “Expanding our presence into the Lockyer Valley is essential as the project ramps up. Currently we have people out in the field working on hydrology, flora and fauna, geotechnical studies and community engagement,” he said.

    “With Inland Rail progressing we are working very closely with the local community and the Lockyer Valley Council who I know are keen to see this office become a hub of information for their community.

    “We are currently recruiting for an administration position to be based in the new Gatton office and where we can we will use local people with local knowledge.”

    Lockyer Valley Community Consultative Committee Chair Dr Mark Hohenhaus said ARTC’s new Gatton office would provide another avenue of support for local residents.

    “The Community Consultative Committee process has provided a direct interface between ARTC and residents allowing both sides to explore issues unique to this part of the Inland Rail Project from Gowrie to Helidon and Helidon to Calvert,” Dr Hohenhaus said.

    “The CCC gives us an opportunity to explore a whole range of issues, while the new Gatton office will give locals another way to find out about the project and how it affects them.”

    Mr Wankmuller said Queensland will see the positive impacts of the Australian Government’s $9.3 billion commitment to deliver Inland Rail.

    “What we are seeing now in terms of jobs and local spending is only the beginning with around 60% of construction expenditure for Inland Rail forecast for Queensland,” he said.

    “And that’s before you see the significant benefits Inland Rail is going to bring to producers and farmers who need to move their goods around the country and to our Ports.”

    Inland Rail will maintain its current presence in Gatton at the Lockyer Valley Regional Council offices taking enquiries until the new office at 47 North Street, Gatton is open.

    Further information about Inland Rail is available on our website Inlandrail.com.au, by telephoning the team on 1800 732 761, or by emailing: inlandrailqld@artc.com.au

    Media contact: Chris Leslight | ARTC | 0427 691 262
  • Inland Rail seeks decision on EIS for Brisbane’s southern suburbs - 12 February 2019

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    The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has applied to the Queensland Government’s Office of the Coordinator-General to consider if an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is required for the Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton (K2ARB) section of the Inland Rail project.

    Inland Rail Chief Executive Officer Richard Wankmuller said lodgement of an application for coordinated project status by ARTC would trigger a decision from the Office of the Coordinator-General on the approval pathway needed for the section of the project through Brisbane’s southern suburbs.

    “Community representatives have signalled to us that they would prefer a...

    The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has applied to the Queensland Government’s Office of the Coordinator-General to consider if an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is required for the Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton (K2ARB) section of the Inland Rail project.

    Inland Rail Chief Executive Officer Richard Wankmuller said lodgement of an application for coordinated project status by ARTC would trigger a decision from the Office of the Coordinator-General on the approval pathway needed for the section of the project through Brisbane’s southern suburbs.

    “Community representatives have signalled to us that they would prefer a full EIS for this section of Inland Rail and last night the Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton Inland Rail Community Consultative Committee welcomed this action by ARTC as a necessary step forward,” Mr Wankmuller said.

    “We know the community is eager to find out what happens next and we will provide clarity as soon we can,” he said.

    Under the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 several factors may lead to a project being declared coordinated, including complex approval requirements, significant environmental effects and significant infrastructure requirements.

    The Coordinator-General will consider these factors and then will decide whether an EIS or another mechanism is the best way to manage approvals for Inland Rail in this section.

    “This is about making sure Inland Rail, which will provide the freight rail network needed to support a growing Brisbane, is delivered in a coordinated way, based on the best technical advice and with the community fully informed,” Mr Wankmuller said.

    “Irrespective of any decision there will be a range of investigations undertaken to consider the potential impact of the project and how any impacts may be mitigated. These generally include geotechnical, flooding and hydrology, ecological, noise, air quality and vibration, social and heritage studies.

    “There is still around 12-18 months of comprehensive studies ahead of us on this section of Inland Rail."

    “We will continue to provide information to the community through information sessions, advertising and the media as we want to take the community with us every step of the way.”

    Brisbane is the national headquarters of Inland Rail and Queensland will be the biggest beneficiary in terms of construction expenditure, future jobs and economic development. Around 60% of construction expenditure for Inland Rail is forecast for Queensland with 7,000 jobs expected to be supported at peak construction.

    The Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton (K2ARB) section consists of enhancements to, as well as commissioning of, dual gauge operations along 49km of the existing interstate route both south from Kagaru to Bromelton and north from Kagaru to Brisbane’s major intermodal terminal at Acacia Ridge.


    Media contact: ARTC media team 1300 196 401

  • New Chair for Inland Rail Community Consultative Committee for Inner Darling Downs - 8 February 2019

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    The Australian Rail Track Corporation has announced Heritage Bank Company Secretary Bill Armagnacq as the new Chair of the Inner Darling Downs Community Consultative Committee (CCC) for Inland Rail.

    Inland Rail ran an independent process following the death of Professor Steven Raine in September to fill the vacant position. The Inner Darling Downs CCC Committee, which represents the interests of communities between Brookstead and Gowrie, is one of five Inland Rail CCC’s in Queensland.

    Mr Armagnacq said he was excited about the prospect of being Chair of the Committee and working with advocates from the respective communities along the corridor.

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    The Australian Rail Track Corporation has announced Heritage Bank Company Secretary Bill Armagnacq as the new Chair of the Inner Darling Downs Community Consultative Committee (CCC) for Inland Rail.

    Inland Rail ran an independent process following the death of Professor Steven Raine in September to fill the vacant position. The Inner Darling Downs CCC Committee, which represents the interests of communities between Brookstead and Gowrie, is one of five Inland Rail CCC’s in Queensland.

    Mr Armagnacq said he was excited about the prospect of being Chair of the Committee and working with advocates from the respective communities along the corridor.

    “I understand what it is like to have a community focus in every aspect of my professional life, so I am hoping to bring the skills I have developed over time to the Inner Darling Downs Community Consultative Committee and work with the existing members to deliver the best overall result from the project for those along the alignment,” Mr Armagnacq said.

    “I have extensive experience in working within governance frameworks and ensuring compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements and an eye for detail that will enable me to get to the heart of the matters the committee members bring to the table on behalf of the community,” he said. “This is a once- in-a-generation project and we have a responsibility to get the best result.”

    Inland Rail Chief Executive Officer Richard Wankmuller said Mr Armagnacq had been appointed at a critical time with the Environmental Impact Statement progressing for the NSW/Queensland Border to Gowrie section.

    “The CCCs bring real value to Inland Rail by serving as another constructive platform for regular, ongoing community and stakeholder input. These Committees complement the many community engagement activities ARTC is already running,” Mr Wankmuller said.

    “We want also 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.

    “The Community Consultative Committees can be highly important to the Inland Rail program in this regard as a conduit for information to flow both ways between the community and ARTC.”

    The next meeting of the Inner Darling Downs Community Consultative Committee (CCC) for Inland Rail will be held on February 27 at Southbrook Hall.

    More information is available about the Border to Gowrie section of the Inland Rail by calling 1800 732 761, emailing inlandrailqld@artc.com.au or online at https://inlandrail.artc.com.au/B2G

    Image caption: Inner Darling Downs CCC Chair Bill Armagnacq

    Media contact: Chris Leslight | ARTC | 0427 691 262

    Note to Editors

    Biography – Bill Armagnacq

    Bill Armagnacq, BCom, FCA, FAICD, has been Company Secretary of Heritage Bank Limited since 2003. Previously Mr Armagnacq served as a Company Secretary of the Ergon Energy Corporation Limited Group from 1998 to 2003. He worked with KPMG from 1979 to 1997 and was a partner of the firm from 1989. He has been a Director of the Empire Theatres Pty Ltd since 2013. Bill has also been a member and Chair of The Glennie School Council.

  • Inland Rail Community Consultative Committees get underway in Central West and Northern NSW - 31 January 2019

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    Four Inland Rail Community Consultative Committees (CCCs) established for the Inland Rail project have met for the first time, as another channel for feedback and input for the community.

    Michael Silver OAM has been appointed to the position of Chair of the four committees by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE). Meetings for the Narromine to Narrabri CCC were held from 22-24 January last week in Narrabri, Gilgandra and Narromine while meetings for the North Star to Border CCC took place on 5 December 2018.

    Representatives from NSW DPE attended the meetings which are due to occur every...

    Four Inland Rail Community Consultative Committees (CCCs) established for the Inland Rail project have met for the first time, as another channel for feedback and input for the community.

    Michael Silver OAM has been appointed to the position of Chair of the four committees by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE). Meetings for the Narromine to Narrabri CCC were held from 22-24 January last week in Narrabri, Gilgandra and Narromine while meetings for the North Star to Border CCC took place on 5 December 2018.

    Representatives from NSW DPE attended the meetings which are due to occur every two months in addition to the Australian Rail Track Corporation’s (ARTC) programme of community engagement, information sessions and one-on-one meetings.

    Mr Silver said he was looking forward to working with advocates from the respective communities along the corridor and would use the skills he has learnt in local government roles to ensure community concerns are addressed as well as they can.

    “The meetings were very positive and moving forward, members will gather and disseminate information on Inland Rail throughout the community and bring representative views to the committee,” Mr Silver said.

    “The CCC inception meetings for both sections, enabled our CCCs and ARTC to deliver important new avenues of engagement and information for people and communities along the corridor and receive a report from ARTC on the progress of the project.

    “The CCC is an invaluable platform for communities to inform ARTC about what works for them and a forum for ongoing conversation between members of the Inland Rail project team, representatives of the local community, stakeholder groups and local councils to discuss issues directly relating to the project,” Mr Silver said.

    Inland Rail Chief Executive Officer Richard Wankmuller said he’s very pleased to see the CCCs now an active part of the consultation process.

    “The CCCs can help bring real value to Inland Rail by serving as another constructive platform for regular, ongoing community and stakeholder input. It’s very useful to have these Committees operating in addition to the many community engagement activities ARTC is already running,” Mr Wankmuller said.

    “We want also 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 Community Consultative Committees can be highly important to the Inland Rail program,” Mr Wankmuller said.

    Together with ARTC, the NSW Department of Planning & Environment is currently also establishing a Community Consultative Committee for the Illabo to Stockinbingal section of the Inland Rail project. The Independent Chair Garry West is calling for nominations from people who wish to represent their communities and are interested in being on the Committee. Nominations close at 4pm on Friday 1 February.

    CCC meetings are expected to be held every two months. For more information on the CCCs and/or Inland Rail, visit the Inland Rail website, email inlandrailnsw@artc.com.au or phone 1800 732 761.

    Independent Chair Michael Silver can be contacted on 0427 723 747 or email n2ninlandrailccc@bigpond.com (N2N Committees) ns2binlandrailccc@bigpond.com (NS2B Committee).

    Image caption: Narromine to Narrabri and North Star to Border CCC Chair Michael Silver

    Media contact: ARTC media team 1300 196 401

    Note to Editors

    Biography – Michael Silver OAM

    Michael Silver has had extensive experience in Local Government in north west NSW for 45 years, with the last 30 years at senior management level in the planning, building and environmental disciplines. Michael has had over ten years involvement with the respective CCCs for the Caroona (BHP) and Watermark (Shenhua) coal mining proposals. More recently he has chaired the Western Slopes Pipeline (APA) CCC and the Dubbo Project (Alkane) CCC.

    Committee information

    Each CCC will comprise members with a range of backgrounds and interests and will have an independent chair and community members appointed by the DPE.

    The purpose of the Committees is to:

    • facilitate broader community involvement in the project;
    • seek community feedback and input to project outcomes;
    • increase awareness and understanding for the project by providing communities with project information; and
    • act as a conduit between the project team and the community to provide information or address issues and concerns.

    Community Consultative Committees play an important role in ensuring proponents engage with the community and stakeholder groups on State significant projects. State significant projects are large, complex, and can have major economic, social and environmental impacts over a long period of time.

    The Department encourages proponents to engage with the community and stakeholder groups at all stages of these projects.

    Community engagement ensures that the community and stakeholder groups are:

    • kept informed of the status of projects, any new initiatives, and the performance of proponents
    • consulted on the development of projects, management plans and proposed changes to approved projects
    • able to provide feedback on key issues that may arise during the development or implementation of projects.

    The Department has developed guidelines to clarify the roles and responsibilities of Community Consultative Committees, and to help these committees operate effectively. These guidelines will be reviewed every 5 years to ensure they are kept up to date.

    For more information on CCC guidelines, visit

    https://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/Assess-and-Regulate/Development-Assessment/Community-Consultative-Committees

  • 100 Narromine kids learn to swim thanks to Inland Rail - 29 January 2019

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    It’s safety first for 100 Narromine kids who have learnt to swim over the summer thanks to a $6,500
    donation from the Inland Rail programme.

    The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has come on board to help the Narromine Local
    Aboriginal Land Council (NLALC) provide a vital children’s swimming safety program at the Narromine
    Pool. Local kids who participated in the sessions learnt swimming skills and water safety to improve their
    awareness and confidence in the water.

    Inland Rail NSW Stakeholder Engagement Manager Helena Orel said ARTC, which is delivering the
    Inland Rail project on behalf of the Australian Government,...

    It’s safety first for 100 Narromine kids who have learnt to swim over the summer thanks to a $6,500
    donation from the Inland Rail programme.

    The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has come on board to help the Narromine Local
    Aboriginal Land Council (NLALC) provide a vital children’s swimming safety program at the Narromine
    Pool. Local kids who participated in the sessions learnt swimming skills and water safety to improve their
    awareness and confidence in the water.

    Inland Rail NSW Stakeholder Engagement Manager Helena Orel said ARTC, which is delivering the
    Inland Rail project on behalf of the Australian Government, welcomed the opportunity to help local kids.

    “Safety is at the core of what we do at ARTC and it makes sense for us to support the safety of young
    people in Narromine through the Narromine Local Aboriginal Land Council,” Ms Orel said.

    “Inland Rail will have a positive legacy in this region and programmes like this is just another way that
    the community will see the benefits of the programme.

    “Our contribution not only assisted with resources for the NLALC Learn to Swim program, but we are
    also pleased that all the kids in the course have been issued family season passes so they can continue
    to practice their skills now that the program is completed.”

    NLALC Chief Executive Officer Shelly Bayliss said their organisation is thankful for the support of ARTC.
    “Narromine is a small community that relies on industry and stakeholder groups to support activities that
    help strengthen community involvement and in this case provide essential programs focussed on the
    safety of our children,” Ms Bayliss said.

    “Their contributions make crucial programs like this happen and make these opportunities affordable for
    our community members. Without the support from ARTC this program simply would not have
    happened.

    “It has been wonderful seeing the families practicing and playing together, utilising the family passes to
    be involved in a fun family activity.

    “NLALC junior members have volunteered to ensure the delivery of the program ran smoothly.”

    For more information on Inland Rail visit www.inlandrail.com.au, email us on inlandrailnsw@artc.com.au,
    or phone 1800 732 761.

    Media contact: ARTC media team 1300 196 401

    Image 1 - Volunteer instructors (L-R) Lil, Kayla, Shelly and Brittney teaching the kids


    Image 2 - One of the youngest members of the Learn to Swim team Taylarah receiving
    her certificate from ARTC’s Danka Jankovic

    Image 3 - Volunteer instructors Cait and Chloe with Zaharnah and Creaden


  • Inland Rail ‘pay dirt’ opportunities for farmers in Narrabri to Narromine section: 16 January 2019

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    The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is unearthing new opportunities for landowners in the Central West to reap the benefits of the Inland Rail programme through the supply of quarry material.

    Landowners in the vicinity of the Narromine to Narrabri study area are encouraged to register their interest in supplying borrow pit/quarry materials such as rock, gravel and soil for the section.

    Inland Rail Narromine to Narrabri Project Director Duncan Mitchell said the material would be used to build the rail embankments during construction.

    “This is just the start of the kinds of opportunities people will see from Inland Rail...

    The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is unearthing new opportunities for landowners in the Central West to reap the benefits of the Inland Rail programme through the supply of quarry material.

    Landowners in the vicinity of the Narromine to Narrabri study area are encouraged to register their interest in supplying borrow pit/quarry materials such as rock, gravel and soil for the section.

    Inland Rail Narromine to Narrabri Project Director Duncan Mitchell said the material would be used to build the rail embankments during construction.

    “This is just the start of the kinds of opportunities people will see from Inland Rail in the area and we want as many people as possible to get in touch to let us know what they have,” Mr Mitchell said.

    “Ideally, the location of borrow pits containing suitable general fill material would be within 25km of the Narromine to Narrabri study area. However, for competent rock which can be used to produce ballast rock, up to 50km from the study area could be considered.

    “So that means people a bit further away from the study area with properties in the Dubbo, Wee Waa, Trangie, Coonamble, Coonabarabran, and Baradine areas should take a look at this opportunity.

    “For the right material, you could say it will be a ‘pay dirt’ opportunity in more ways than one. ARTC will pay an extraction fee per tonne and will rehabilitate the borrow pits and cover with topsoil. There is also potential for land to become more usable, for example, if a hill is removed and land is flattened or if a hollow is left providing a new water catchment.”

    Council leaders from Narromine and Narrabri are keen to see local landowners get involved.

    “This is the first of the opportunities that we have alluded to that would come from this once in a lifetime initiative,” Narromine Shire Council Mayor Craig Davies said.

    “I encourage all farmers to take advantage of this opportunity and have dams built, unwanted earth moved and make some cash at the same time.

    “I have no doubt that the cooperation of the farming community will only enhance this project and bring results that will deliver benefits for all involved.”

    Narrabri Shire Council Mayor Cathy Redding is also encouraging local participation.

    "This is just one example of how the construction of the Inland Rail project will be economically beneficial to members of our community,” Cr Redding said.

    "Council would encourage landholders who may be able to assist in providing quarry related materials to investigate their eligibility further and to lodge a submission.”

    Mr Mitchell said registrations close on 28 January and subsequent contact will be made with landowners regarding land considered suitable.

    “In total for the Narromine to Narrabri project we estimate we’ll need to import in excess of 3 million cubic metres of fill material, or the equivalent of about 1,200 Olympic-sized swimming pools,” Mr Mitchell said.

    “We will need to test the material at the property to confirm its suitability. This will require geotechnical work and appropriate permission from landowners.

    “ARTC will review all submissions and contact landowners to discuss the next steps and answer any questions related to investigations.”

    Mr Mitchell said the design of the Narromine to Narrabri section of Inland Rail was progressing in consultation with the community. An EIS is due to be exhibited for public submissions later in 2019 with construction to begin only following all project approvals by the NSW Government and Australian Government.

    “As the project progresses towards construction other types of opportunities expected to be available locally include tendering for plant and geotechnical equipment, mobile camps, concrete supply services, fencing, earthmoving, drainage, electrical works, concreate works, security and water bore drilling.”

    To register for the quarry material opportunity, and for further information including maps of locations which may have suitable material, please visit the Inland Rail website and register here.

    Media contact: ARTC media team 1300 196 401

  • Inland Rail prepares to get 'all shook up' at Parkes Elvis Festival - 8 January 2019

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    The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is proud to once again be the platinum sponsor of the Parkes Elvis Festival and is looking forward to getting ‘all shook up’ with locals at the ARTC Cooke Park Main stage from 9-13 January 2019.
    Inland Rail CEO Richard Wankmuller said as a major highlight on the NSW Events Calendar, ARTC is proud to be continuing its support of the Parkes Elvis Festival for the second year running.

    “Parkes is already seeing the direct benefits of Inland Rail flowing to the local community and Inland Rail is pleased to be contributing further by...

    The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is proud to once again be the platinum sponsor of the Parkes Elvis Festival and is looking forward to getting ‘all shook up’ with locals at the ARTC Cooke Park Main stage from 9-13 January 2019.
    Inland Rail CEO Richard Wankmuller said as a major highlight on the NSW Events Calendar, ARTC is proud to be continuing its support of the Parkes Elvis Festival for the second year running.

    “Parkes is already seeing the direct benefits of Inland Rail flowing to the local community and Inland Rail is pleased to be contributing further by being involved in this special annual vibrant event with the team looking forward to being part of this festival atmosphere,” Mr Wankmuller said.
    “ARTC is aspiring to build on the phenomenal success of the 2018 event and we are excited to be part of an iconic major event, now endorsed internationally as the premier celebration of the music of Elvis Presley in Australia.”

    The ARTC Inland Rail team are dusting off their flares and getting ready to do the railhouse rock at this year’s festival. Members of the team will be on hand to participate in the festivities and will also feature in the street parade.

    Mr Wankmuller was also quick to point out that now that construction has kicked off in the Parkes to Narromine section, the opportunities for Parkes Shire and other local regions will only increase as this project continues to progress.

    “Inland Rail heralds an historic milestone not only for the regions where it will be constructed but the whole of Australia, boosting jobs, creating vital infrastructure and strengthening the economy. This is a project that distributes benefits right across Australia, now and for decades to come,” Mr Wankmuller said.

    When Inland Rail is operational, Parkes will serve as the critical link where double stacked,1800 metre trains will be able to connect west to Perth and Adelaide, east to Sydney, south to Melbourne and north to Brisbane, increasing its position as a thriving hub for freight and logistics.

    You can get up close and personal with the Inland Rail team at the marquee next to ARTC Cooke Park Main Stage during the Parkes Elvis Festival. Staff will be on hand to have more conversation about what Inland Rail means for the community and have any questions answered.

    So, come on, come on over to Parkes Elvis Festival 9-13 January 2019 or contact the team at 1800 732 761 or via inlandrailnsw@artc.com.au

    Media contact: ARTC media team 1300 196 401
  • Transcript: Warren Truss Chair of the Australian Rail Track Corporation: Address to the Inland Rail Sod Turn at Parkes - 13 December 2018

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    Introduction by John Fullerton.

    Would you welcome Warren Truss, the Chairman of ARTC.

    Warren Truss Address

    Well thank you very much John, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, Rick Colless representing the NSW Government, Mark Coulton, who has been the member for this area most of the time but isn’t currently the local member, but certainly a great champion of this project. The Wiradjuri people and particularly their elders who we honour. Councillor Ken Keith and the many other councillors and local government representatives who are here today. My fellow ARTC directors. Our contracting partners,...

    Introduction by John Fullerton.

    Would you welcome Warren Truss, the Chairman of ARTC.

    Warren Truss Address

    Well thank you very much John, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, Rick Colless representing the NSW Government, Mark Coulton, who has been the member for this area most of the time but isn’t currently the local member, but certainly a great champion of this project. The Wiradjuri people and particularly their elders who we honour. Councillor Ken Keith and the many other councillors and local government representatives who are here today. My fellow ARTC directors. Our contracting partners, it’s great to see all the orange jackets from INLink who are already busily involved in this project. Distinguished guests. Ladies and Gentlemen.

    Well it’s an absolute pleasure to be here today to celebrate the commencement of construction of the Inland Rail. A project that in one form or another has been on the drawing board for more than a century. Indeed, at the time of Federation there were proposals to build a line from Melbourne, up through to Queensland and across to Darwin. And subsequently there have been many others. With grand schemes and more modest schemes to make this vital rail link a reality.

    But in 2006 the detailed route selection process began. In about 2013 significant money was provided to enable the construction work to commence. And now the government has committed to back this project to the tune of about $8 or $9 billion. The total cost of the project about $12 billion, and it’s becoming a reality.

    I’m particularly delighted to be with Minister Michael McCormack and Mark Coulton and Ken Keith and many of those people who have been champions of this project for many, many years. Who believed in it and wanted it to come to pass. And I’m pleased also that the project enjoys broad political spectrum support. That there’s support from around the country, from the state governments and local governments and also from opposition parties, towards this vital nation building project.

    Today’s a particularly proud moment in the history of this country. The official start of construction on a national project of international stature that will energise regional areas in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

    It’s a very significant moment also in the history of the ARTC, as we celebrate our 20th anniversary. ARTC are proud to have been tasked by the Australian Government to deliver and operate Inland Rail. It speaks to the leadership provided by John Fullerton and his executive team that we’ve been entrusted by the government with such an important and challenging task. But it’s not a task we can deliver on our own. As the CEO of Inland Rail Richard Wankmuller never tires of saying, we will deliver Inland Rail with the support of governments, in partnership with the private sector and hand in hand with local communities.

    So it’s particularly pleasing to be here today, to see so many of the ARTC supporters and customers, without whom we’d simply not have a network of trains moving across the nation. It should not be forgotten that the business case for Inland Rail is built on the core objective of getting as much freight as possible off our roads and highways, and onto rail.

    And it’s our customers who are going to help deliver this transformation in the way we move freight around the country and contribute not only to a more prosperous future for all Australians, but a safer Australia as well. When hundreds of thousands of people who drive on the Newell and other regional highways of this country will be able to do so with a little bit more peace and enjoyment.

    And the state governments, especially those in NSW and Victoria at present, who are supporting us in our endeavours to get on with constructing Inland Rail. These governments, particularly here in NSW, are working closely with us to plan how Inland Rail can connect better with their freight rail networks, and how a faster, straighter, more connected Inland Rail will deliver real and tangible benefits to towns, communities and landholders throughout regional areas.

    I want to particularly acknowledge today the landholders who are here today, many of whom are likely to be impacted by the project but have also been willing to work alongside us to deliver the best possible Inland Rail. We appreciate that for many this requires some personal sacrifice. We appreciate that for some it could be disruptive to their farms and businesses.

    Many though at the present stage of the development of the project have been concerned, perhaps needlessly, because the current two-kilometre-wide study area is being refined to 60 metres. And in the end the majority of the properties that are currently concerned will not actually be affected. Perhaps more than two thirds. However, we do appreciate that these people are making a contribution and enduring inconvenience because there is a project of national significance and national importance underway.

    We are already seeing some of the benefits of this project with more than $630 million worth of contracts currently let and jobs being created in towns like Parkes and Tamworth and Mittagong. In South Australia where the steel works are very much in the news, which will deliver the rail for this project. And there’ll be thousands more to come over the next six to seven years.

    I’m also particularly proud of the active engagement we have with our many indigenous communities right along the entire 1700-kilometre route. The Wiradjuri people and the other indigenous communities, for your support and willingness to engage with us.

    Soon the Deputy Prime Minister will turn the first sod for this project using a century old shovel, and also a wheelbarrow that’s around 150 years old. This wheelbarrow and shovel have been used to begin other major rail projects around Australia. The Transcontinental Railway, which linked the new Australian Federation. The line to Alice Springs and to Darwin. It’s been used by Prime Ministers Fisher, Whitlam and Howard. But you Michael will be the first Deputy Prime Minister to use the shovel to commence an important project.

    This is a historic event. Its significance is real. The Inland Rail from Melbourne to Brisbane will open up the land and deliver great national benefits just like the other projects that were begun with this historic shovel.

    So ladies and gentlemen thank you for your time and for being with us on this very special occasion. We appreciate your support and we look forward with confidence to the Inland Rail being operational in the not too distant future.

    Thank you.