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  • Inland Rail heading to Forbes and Daroobalgie for community consultations - 7 December 2018

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    Inland Rail will be in Forbes and Daroobalgie this month to talk to locals about the project and get feedback on the early designs and planning in the local area.

    Inland Rail is the 1,700-kilometre rail line which will link Melbourne and Brisbane allowing the passage of double stacked freight trains up to 1,800 metres long and helping connect cities and farms to markets across the country, safer, faster and more efficiently.

    Between Stockinbingal and Parkes the project will use the existing 169-kilometre rail corridor. But there are structures along that route where changes are needed to allow the passage...

    Inland Rail will be in Forbes and Daroobalgie this month to talk to locals about the project and get feedback on the early designs and planning in the local area.

    Inland Rail is the 1,700-kilometre rail line which will link Melbourne and Brisbane allowing the passage of double stacked freight trains up to 1,800 metres long and helping connect cities and farms to markets across the country, safer, faster and more efficiently.

    Between Stockinbingal and Parkes the project will use the existing 169-kilometre rail corridor. But there are structures along that route where changes are needed to allow the passage of the taller trains. This will mean shifting or lowering the existing track, modification to the structure, or the replacement of an existing structure.

    “Our goal is to deliver the best possible rail line, and community input is an important part of the process,” NSW Inland Rail Stakeholder Engagement Manager Helena Orel said. “These community drop-ins in the Forbes town centre and the livestock exchange at Daroobalgie will allow people to hear directly from project representatives, ask questions and give their feedback.”

    “So far we’ve met with landowners, road authorities, the council and local industry,” said Ms Orel. “Now we want to hear from as many people in the area as possible. We know whatever option is chosen will have an impact on access for people and vehicles so it is vital we get feedback on what is being planned, and what transport or infrastructure alternatives can be provided while the work is underway.”

    “We are still in the early design stages for this leg of Inland Rail,” said Project Manager Cameron Simpkins. “But we’re looking at the options around replacing the Lachlan River rail bridge, and what enhancements will be needed at the Wyndham Avenue road bridge, so that the taller trains can pass under it safely. At Daroobalgie we’re going to be building a new train passing loop within the rail corridor so that the longer trains can pass safely. There are also likely to be some enhancement works needed in the Forbes railway station precinct, but at this early design stage exactly what will be done there has not been decided.”
    “This follows the work we’ve already done in the field which includes ecology and geotechnical studies which has helped us get an understanding of the existing environment and the challenges we may face,” said Mr Simpkins.
    If you cannot attend any of these sessions but do have questions or feedback please call Inland Rail on 1800 732 761, or email inlandrailnsw@artc.com.au to find out more.

    You can learn more about what is happening between Stockinbingal and Parkes as part of Inland Rail at https://inlandrail.artc.com.au/S2P

    Media contact: Campbell Cooney 0428 929 186 / ccooney@artc.com.au

    Community Information Sessions
    Daroobalgie
    When: Monday 17 December 2018
    Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm,
    Where: Canteen at the Forbes Central West Livestock Exchange

    Forbes
    When: Monday 17 December 2018
    Time: 4.00pm – 7.00pm
    Where: Corner of Templar St & Lachlan St (in front of the vacant shopfront).

    Forbes
    When:
    Tuesday 18 December 2018
    Time: 8.00am – 11.00am
    Where: Corner of Templar St & Lachlan St (in front of the vacant shopfront).
  • Nominations open for Illabo to Stockinbingal Inland Rail Community Consultative Committee - 4 December 2018

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    With Inland Rail progressing in New South Wales, nominations are being sought for members of an Inland Rail Community Consultative Committee (CCC) for the Illabo to Stockinbingal leg of the project.
    The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has appointed Garry West as the chair of the local Committee, which will meet for the first time in 2019.
    Mr West has now called for nominations to the committee and said he wants to hold the first quarterly meeting of the CCC early next year.
    “Nominations are open now, and the community has until 1 February 2019 to put their hand...

    With Inland Rail progressing in New South Wales, nominations are being sought for members of an Inland Rail Community Consultative Committee (CCC) for the Illabo to Stockinbingal leg of the project.
    The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has appointed Garry West as the chair of the local Committee, which will meet for the first time in 2019.
    Mr West has now called for nominations to the committee and said he wants to hold the first quarterly meeting of the CCC early next year.
    “Nominations are open now, and the community has until 1 February 2019 to put their hand up to be part of it,” he said.
    “The input from the committee will be considered as part of this formal assessment process and my message to them is if you want to play a part in representing your community and giving them a voice on what’s happening with Inland Rail locally here’s the chance to do so,” said Mr West.

    “I’m looking forward to working with the appointed community representatives, as well as stakeholders like local councils, farmer representatives and the ARTC.”

    “If anyone has questions about the process for nominations or about exactly what they will be doing as part of the committee then please get in touch with me directly,” said Mr West.
    Inland Rail Chief Executive Officer Richard Wankmuller has welcomed Mr West’s appointment and has encouraged the community be part of the CCC.

    “ARTC is focused on designing the best possible project and to achieve this it is vital to have input so we can address matters that are important to communities and also identify where the benefits of the project can be maximised for local people,” said Mr Wankmuller.

    The CCC’s are required by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment to provide a forum for discussion between the project and the community, councils and local stakeholders.

    The nomination period for the Illabo to Stockinbingal leg of Inland Rail Community Consultative Committee finishes at 4.00pm on Friday 1 February 2019. All nominations and questions about the process and the role must be made directly to the independent chair Mr Garry West at garrybwest@bigpond.com who can also be contacted on 0418 215 059.

    A link to the nomination form for the Illabo to Stockinbingal CCC can be found here. The guidelines for Community Consultative Committees in NSW, including a nomination form can be found here, and information on the role of the chair can be found here.

    The Illabo to Stockinbingal leg of Inland Rail is the 37-kilometre greenfield site, where a new track will be built to allow the passage of double stacked freight trains, and which avoids the winding Bethungra Spiral section of the main south line. More information on the Illabo to Stockinbingal leg of the Inland Rail project can be found at https://inlandrail.artc.com.au/I2S

    Media Contact:
    Campbell Cooney
    0428 929 186

    Note to Editors

    Biography – Garry West

    Garry West is a former member of the NSW Parliament (1976-1996) where he held various ministerial portfolios. After retiring from Parliament in 1996, he held senior level management roles in the private sector. In recent years he has served as a member of the Planning Assessment Commission, chairs the Northern Regional Planning Panel, and chairs several Community Consultative Committees.

    Committee information:
    • In NSW the independent chair of a CCC is appointed by the state Department of Planning and Environment.
    • Committees will comprise members with a range of backgrounds and interests. This can include representatives from local councils, landowner groups, community representative groups and interested community members. It will also include representatives from ARTC.
    • All nominations for membership of a CCC must be made directly to the chair, who will assess them against the criteria established by the guidelines and then make recommendations to the Department of Planning and Environment on which applicants should be appointed.

      The purpose of the committees is to:
    • facilitate broader community involvement in the project o seek community feedback and input to project outcomes
    • increase awareness and understanding for the project by providing communities with ‘one-point of call’ for project information; and
    • act as a conduit between the project team and the community to provide information or address issues and concerns.
    Inland Rail Community Consultative Committees

    In total Inland Rail will have 10 Community Consultative Committees providing a link between the project and local communities and stakeholders. There are five in Queensland and including the Illabo to Stockinbingal CCC there will be five in NSW. More details on those CCCs can be found at https://inlandrail.artc.com.au/communityconsultative-committees

  • Letter to the Editor: Response to letter, 'Noise Pollution' - 3 December 2018

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    Seymour area

    The letter below was published in the Seymour Telegraph on Wednesday 28 November 2018

    Noise pollution

    The new trains that the inland double decker freight train – how noisy are they?

    People live along those railway lines. How are the extra services and new trains going to impact on their quality of life?

    A government has the power to buy your home for national good to build railways and freeways. Those people who are on the new proposed railway lines will be evicted and those left in the area will be affected by noisy trains.

    An interesting fact. By...

    The letter below was published in the Seymour Telegraph on Wednesday 28 November 2018

    Noise pollution

    The new trains that the inland double decker freight train – how noisy are they?

    People live along those railway lines. How are the extra services and new trains going to impact on their quality of life?

    A government has the power to buy your home for national good to build railways and freeways. Those people who are on the new proposed railway lines will be evicted and those left in the area will be affected by noisy trains.

    An interesting fact. By 1924 Australians were building 20,000 factories a year. Which factory are the new trains being built in?

    And on a practical level, will they have conductors and toilets? Metro trains don’t have either. Also, what safety features are being incorporated in the new trains?

    As we all know from the TV ads, speed kills, and I would like to arrive at my destination alive.

    Sandra Morris
    Seymour

    On 3 December 2018 Inland Rail provided this response to the Seymour Telegraph.

    In response to the Letter to the Editor by Sandra Morris in last week’s Telegraph, we would like to take the opportunity to share some information in answer to some of the questions raised that relate to Inland Rail.

    Inland Rail is a new 1700km freight rail line connecting Melbourne to Brisbane and allowing the passage of doublestacked container freight trains, rather than passengers.

    We know people living close to railway lines experience varying levels of noise generated by rail activity and while we do not anticipate double stacked freight trains will produce measurably different noise than single stacked trains it is important we test this. We are about to start noise and vibration assessments along the Victoria rail corridor and we expect to be able to share more about the likely impacts in around six months-time.

    There are three sites in Seymour where we do not currently have the required clearances for double stacked container trains to safely travel along the Victorian corridor. We are proposing to lower the track under the bridges at the Hume Highway at Tallarook and Seymour and to raise the Seymour Avenel Bridge. We’ll be sharing more information around this design thinking with the community in the coming weeks.

    Neighbours should also keep a lookout in their letter box in early December for more information on Inland Rail (T2A). We welcome any questions or comments by email on inlandrailvic@artc.com.au or by phone on 1800 732 761.

    Yours sincerely
    Lauren McKenzie
    Stakeholder Manager, Inland Rail, Victoria

  • Culcairn community to get Inland Rail update and help decide footbridge future - 26 November 2018

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    This Saturday 1 December the Culcairn community will get a chance to learn about Inland Rail and the opportunities it will bring to the region and share their views on how the town’s railway footbridge can remain part of the local heritage.

    Inland Rail is the 1700-kilometre rail line which will link Melbourne and Brisbane and will allow the passage of double stacked freight trains up to 1,800 metres long and trains using the line will run through Culcairn, which is within the Albury to Illabo leg of the project.

    “Our goal is to deliver the best possible rail line...

    This Saturday 1 December the Culcairn community will get a chance to learn about Inland Rail and the opportunities it will bring to the region and share their views on how the town’s railway footbridge can remain part of the local heritage.

    Inland Rail is the 1700-kilometre rail line which will link Melbourne and Brisbane and will allow the passage of double stacked freight trains up to 1,800 metres long and trains using the line will run through Culcairn, which is within the Albury to Illabo leg of the project.

    “Our goal is to deliver the best possible rail line and the community's input is a very important part of the process,” said NSW Stakeholder Engagement Manager Helena Orel. “We want to share what’s happening with Inland Rail and hear the questions and concerns that locals may have.”

    “We’ve also been asked by the Greater Hume Shire Council to look at the options for how the town’s unused rail footbridge, which will have to be moved, can remain in the community and be put to use.”

    The footbridge is one of 12 structures along the Albury to Illabo leg of the Inland Rail project which needs to be enhanced, replaced or removed to allow the passage of double stacked freight trains.

    “We’re still at the early design stage so including finding a new home for the footbridge is something we’re happy to take on board,” said Ms Orel. “It’s clear Culcairn wants it preserved in some way. We’ve heard one suggestion that it be moved to the local park, lowered and be a local attraction. Another idea is that it be placed closer to the rail line and be a viewing platform for train photographers. I’m sure there are other ideas out there, so here’s the chance to let us know what you want.”

    The Greater Hume Council has encouraged Culcairn locals to head along to the community pop up to learn more about Inland Rail and to share their thoughts on the footbridge.

    “The bridge hasn’t been in use since 2010 but it was built in the 1920s and is part of Culcairn’s history, so there’s a strong support for it to remain in town in some form,” said the Director of Engineering with the Greater Hume Council Greg Blackie. “Just like Inland Rail we want to hear what the community has to say, and I’d urge anyone with an interest to go along to the pop up this Saturday and let them know.”

    If you cannot attend on Saturday but do have questions or feedback please call Inland Rail on 1800 732 761, or email inlandrailnsw@artc.com.au to find out more.

    You can learn more about what is happening between Albury and Illabo as part of the Inland Rail project at https://inlandrail.artc.com.au/A2I.

    Session Details
    When: Saturday 1 December 2018
    Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm
    Where: Outside Foodworks, 48 Balfour Street, Culcairn NSW




    Top image:
    The Culcairn footbridge. Image courtesy ARTC.
    Bottom image: Artist's impression of the Culcairn footbridge in the local park. Image courtesy of Greater Hume Shire Council.

    Media contact: Campbell Cooney 0428 929 186
  • ARTC heads underground to explore innovative Inland Rail solution - 23 November 2018

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    The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has headed underground in its pursuit of the best engineering solutions for Inland Rail.

    Just like the landscape above ground presents challenges in building Inland Rail, ARTC will contend with a variety of geological conditions below the surface.

    Inland Rail Public Private Partnership Director Tony Lubofsky said ARTC has begun geotechnical investigations within the study corridor to provide valuable data for companies preparing bids for the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) section of Inland Rail from Gowrie near Toowoomba to Kagaru near Brisbane.

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    The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has headed underground in its pursuit of the best engineering solutions for Inland Rail.

    Just like the landscape above ground presents challenges in building Inland Rail, ARTC will contend with a variety of geological conditions below the surface.

    Inland Rail Public Private Partnership Director Tony Lubofsky said ARTC has begun geotechnical investigations within the study corridor to provide valuable data for companies preparing bids for the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) section of Inland Rail from Gowrie near Toowoomba to Kagaru near Brisbane.

    As part of the geotechnical work around 500 boreholes will be drilled with the deepest at Mount Kynoch. This hole will be 280 metres deep and will provide the technical data to inform the build of the 6.4km long tunnel through the Great Dividing Range.

    “ARTC is seeking to engage with major Australian and multi-national builders and engineers to harness innovative design solutions to deliver the most technically-challenging section of the1700km Inland Rail project,” Mr Lubofsky said. “Private sector involvement in the design and build is critical.”

    “There are some engineering marvels to be built in this section. As we come through the Toowoomba Range, there are going to be tunnels, bridges and viaducts,” he said. “One of these bridges will be higher than the Story Bridge in Brisbane.”

    “The tunnel will have an 11-metre diameter to provide clearance for double-stacked containers and will be a one-in-65 grade, meaning trains will be able to ascend and descend without requiring assistance. There is leadership in the private sector that ARTC will need to harness to deliver this exciting stage.”

    “To provide the information for the challenges ahead ARTC has awarded a contract of around $23 million to Golder Associates Pty Ltd to perform comprehensive geotechnical studies between Gowrie and Kagaru. This data will enable these companies to take their bids forward with certainty.”

    Golder Associates Queensland Geotechnical Group Manager Matthew Uidam said the drilling program will take around five months to complete depending on the weather.

    “We are excited to be working with ARTC,” Mr Uidam said. “We see it as a ground-breaking project with far-reaching benefits to our community. The geology poses many challenges, but at Golder we thrive on challenges. We’ll focus on applying innovative techniques that will give a better understanding of the conditions and determine how to reduce and manage risks for this project.”

    Gowrie to Kagaru Geotechnical Project Manager Pierre Blom said the investigations will provide vital information to help address a range of complex engineering and construction challenges.

    “Golder will collect rock and soil samples, determine soil stability and the general geology of the site,” Mr Blom said. “This is critical in the ranges as they are geologically and topographically complex. We are dealing with geological conditions that were formed around 100 million years ago.”

    “One of the most important aspects of the data we will be collecting will enable us to identify potentially unsafe rock or soil conditions which could undermine the integrity of the infrastructure. The geotechnical reports are essential tools for our structural engineers to progress the design,” he said.

    Media contact: Chris Leslight | ARTC | 0427 691 262
  • Inland Rail continuing engagement in Broadford and Wandong - 7 November 2018

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    Inland Rail will be back in Broadford and Wandong this month to give an update to community members and gain feedback about the works required along the north east rail corridor to support the running of double stacked freight trains.

    In Victoria, there are 63 sites where Inland Rail needs to make room for the taller trains which will use the direct rail link being built between Melbourne and Brisbane by either lowering the track, making changes to an existing structure or replacing that structure.

    In the Wandong and Broadford areas four bridges will be affected. The Broadford-Wandong Road bridge,...

    Inland Rail will be back in Broadford and Wandong this month to give an update to community members and gain feedback about the works required along the north east rail corridor to support the running of double stacked freight trains.

    In Victoria, there are 63 sites where Inland Rail needs to make room for the taller trains which will use the direct rail link being built between Melbourne and Brisbane by either lowering the track, making changes to an existing structure or replacing that structure.

    In the Wandong and Broadford areas four bridges will be affected. The Broadford-Wandong Road bridge, the Hamilton Street Bridge, the Short Street bridge and the Marchbanks Road bridge.

    “We were pleased to meet with community members back in June and July to introduce the project and our early design thinking,” said Victorian Stakeholder Engagement Manager Lauren McKenzie.

    “Since then we have done further investigations and testing and currently replacing the Hamilton Street, Marchbanks Road and Broadford-Wandong Road bridges is our preferred option. Lowering the track at Short Street is the preferred option there.”

    “But it’s still important to discuss our thinking further with the community to be sure we understand any concerns or questions they may have.”

    “We’re also keen to share how that early feedback has influenced our design development, particularly around pedestrian and cycling access.”

    “There is still work to be done to find the best solution for delivering these works but we are conscious that maintaining access during construction, which is not due to start until 2020, is important to the community.”

    The project will be hosting two community sessions. The first is this Saturday 10 November at the Wandong Public Hall and then on Thursday 15 November at the Broadford Golf Club (details below).

    If you can’t make it to either session but still have some questions please call us on 1800 732 761, or email inlandrailvic@artc.com.au to find out more.

    More information about Inland Rail in Victoria can be found at https://inlandrail.artc.com.au/T2A

    An aerial photo of the of the current Wandong-Broadford Road bridge is attached. Please credit Inland Rail.

    Event details

    Broadford – Wandong Road Community Conversation
    When: Saturday, 10 November Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm
    Venue: Wandong Public Hall, 19 Rail Street, Wandong

    Broadford Community Conversation
    When: Thursday, 15 November Time: 5.00 – 8.00pm
    Venue: Broadford Golf Club, 30 Horwood Road, Broadford

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    Media contact: Campbell Cooney 0428 929 186

  • ARTC releases preliminary solution for Condamine floodplain crossing - 7 November 2018

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    Communities from Yandilla through to Brookstead will have their first opportunity to see the preliminary design of the Inland Rail crossing of the Condamine floodplain this week.

    The preliminary design will be presented by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) to the Southern Darling Downs Community Consultative Committee at Brookstead tonight and then shared with the wider community during two weeks of information sessions across the Darling Downs.

    Inland Rail Project Director (North Star to Gowrie) Rob McNamara said a comprehensive design process was being followed.

    “We examined numerous design options looking at how they would potentially impact flood levels...

    Communities from Yandilla through to Brookstead will have their first opportunity to see the preliminary design of the Inland Rail crossing of the Condamine floodplain this week.

    The preliminary design will be presented by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) to the Southern Darling Downs Community Consultative Committee at Brookstead tonight and then shared with the wider community during two weeks of information sessions across the Darling Downs.

    Inland Rail Project Director (North Star to Gowrie) Rob McNamara said a comprehensive design process was being followed.

    “We examined numerous design options looking at how they would potentially impact flood levels and water behaviour at individual properties within the floodplain. Our preliminary design was selected because it minimises impacts downstream and upstream and has minimal impact on existing water flows,” Mr McNamara said.

    Read the full release here.

  • Inland Rail moves to next phase of engagement on Darling Downs - 2 November 2018

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    The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is entering a new phase of consultation on the Inland Rail section between the Queensland Border and Gowrie near Toowoomba.

    Senior Project Manager Rob Smith said the study area for most of the section between the Border and Gowrie has been refined and a focused area for investigation established.

    “It is an ongoing process and we will continue to consult widely as we refine the study area down from approximately 2km wide to the final rail corridor which will be around 40 to 60 metres,” Mr Smith said.
    “The refined focus area has already...

    The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is entering a new phase of consultation on the Inland Rail section between the Queensland Border and Gowrie near Toowoomba.

    Senior Project Manager Rob Smith said the study area for most of the section between the Border and Gowrie has been refined and a focused area for investigation established.

    “It is an ongoing process and we will continue to consult widely as we refine the study area down from approximately 2km wide to the final rail corridor which will be around 40 to 60 metres,” Mr Smith said.
    “The refined focus area has already resulted in a reduction of the number of landowners who may be affected in the study area from almost 1300 to approximately 250.”

    Read the full release here.

  • Ministerial Release: Inland Rail listening tour continues - 1 November 2018

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    A roundtable meeting being held today at Coonamble in New South Wales is part of ongoing work to build and maintain trust and transparency with local communities and stakeholders, on the Brisbane to Melbourne Inland Rail project.

    The meeting also demonstrates the Australian Government’s commitment to ensure local businesses and regional communities have the right information and advice they need to realise the direct and indirect opportunities which underpin this transformational rail project and maximise the returns.

    The Coonamble forum includes valuable discussion and input from local government and businesses, farmers, State and Federal Governments and relevant departments and agencies.

    A roundtable meeting being held today at Coonamble in New South Wales is part of ongoing work to build and maintain trust and transparency with local communities and stakeholders, on the Brisbane to Melbourne Inland Rail project.

    The meeting also demonstrates the Australian Government’s commitment to ensure local businesses and regional communities have the right information and advice they need to realise the direct and indirect opportunities which underpin this transformational rail project and maximise the returns.

    The Coonamble forum includes valuable discussion and input from local government and businesses, farmers, State and Federal Governments and relevant departments and agencies.

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government and the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) are working together with grass roots community members to manage specific issues and explain the Inland Rail’s potential, through the consultation process.

    “Today’s meeting in Coonamble is one of many we’ve held with businesses, individual stakeholders and community representatives up and down the Inland Rail track and we’ll continue to maintain this positive communication,” Mr McCormack said.

    “We are listening to what stakeholders are saying and we are also explaining and providing details of where and how they can take advantage of the jobs and economic opportunities which go with this nation-building project.

    “The Australian Government is committed to ensuring this once-in-a-generation rail project delivers for regional Australians and enhances the national economy, moving freight more efficiently and safely to growing markets here and overseas.

    “Inland Rail is a transformational freight rail line and the Australian Government’s multi-billion dollar investment is backed by our commitment to the ongoing work we are doing on the ground, to roll it out responsibly and maintain community engagement.”

    Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment and Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said he’s proud to see the Australian Government getting things right, and committing to consultation with regional businesses and communities.

    “The Australian Government is getting on with the job to ensure that regional Australians can take advantage of the employment and economic opportunities of Inland Rail,” he said.

    “Communities in my electorate are already looking at exciting ways they can be well-prepared for Inland Rail.”

    Minister for Finance and the Public Service, Mathias Cormann said the project’s benefits will be realised across the NSW economy.

    “In NSW alone Inland Rail will boost the Gross State Product by $2.6 billion and create around 5000 jobs during construction and through to operation,” he said.

    “We are already seeing direct employment opportunities for regional communities in NSW as well as complementary investment in towns along the route, such as the $50 million Parkes National Logistics Hub.”

    The 2017-18 Federal Budget saw the Australian Government commit to the Inland Rail’s delivery with an additional $8.4 billion equity investment in the ARTC, bringing the total investment to $9.3 billion.

    The project will utilise 1200 kilometres of existing rail corridor, with sections upgraded to improve operating efficiencies and about 500 kilometres of new track will also be constructed.

    Inland rail fast facts

    • Inland Rail will reduce freight transport costs by $10 per tonne
    • Inland Rail will reduce carbon emissions from transporting freight by 750,000 tonnes every year by 2050 and use one-third the amount of fuel.
    • Inland Rail will ease pressure on our roads and highways, making them safer and less congested and remove 200,000 truck movements from roads each year.
    • Inland Rail will help ease pressure on the nation’s highways by avoiding up to 15 serious crashes each year which, over the lifetime of this asset, is 1500 serious crashes.

    More information about the Inland Rail project is available at www.infrastructure.gov.au/rail/inland

    Media Contact:

    Mr McCormack – Colin Bettles 0447 718 781
    Senator Cormann – Karen Wu 0428 350 139
    Mr Coulton – Anna Tickle 0400 050 729

    View the original media release.

  • ARTC keen to hear from North East Victorian communities on rail projects - 22 October 2018

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    Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) teams want to hear from locals in north east Victoria this week about Inland Rail and the North East Line Upgrade during six community pop up information sessions.\
    The scope of works for the $235 million North East Line Upgrade has been accepted by the Australian government, and work is scheduled to start next year to upgrade the line to a Victorian Class 2 performance standard.

    “Those works will include replacing and adding ballast, mudhole removal, drainage improvements, relocating signalling wires underground, railway bridge replacement and improvement, rail replacement and rejuvenation, and track improvement works...

    Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) teams want to hear from locals in north east Victoria this week about Inland Rail and the North East Line Upgrade during six community pop up information sessions.\
    The scope of works for the $235 million North East Line Upgrade has been accepted by the Australian government, and work is scheduled to start next year to upgrade the line to a Victorian Class 2 performance standard.

    “Those works will include replacing and adding ballast, mudhole removal, drainage improvements, relocating signalling wires underground, railway bridge replacement and improvement, rail replacement and rejuvenation, and track improvement works at level crossings,” said Brian Green, ARTC’s General Manager of Asset Management.

    Read the full release here.