SMK and Goondiwindi Men’s Shed join forces to supply Inland Rail

We’re committed to using local content and maximising the spread of local economic benefit, wherever possible. Goondiwindi survey business, SMK Consultants, is using stakes and pegs made by their local men’s shed for the Narrabri to North Star section of Inland Rail.

SMK and Goondiwindi Men’s Shed representatives working together to supply to Inland Rail

Building in regional communities means supporting regional economies. We engage contractors—large and small—who, in turn, use other local suppliers and businesses to complete the supply chain for Inland Rail delivery.

In a prime example of locals helping locals, 40-year-old Goondiwindi surveying business, SMK Consultants, is using stakes and pegs made by Goondiwindi Men’s Shed for the Narrabri to North Star section of Inland Rail. 

SMK Consultants is undertaking four weeks of preservation of survey infrastructure work from North Star to Cumurra and needed 200 stakes for the job.

SMK Consultants Director, Jeff Jones said they saw the wood workmanship from Goondiwindi Men’s Shed on Facebook and decided to ask the group to help make stakes for the job.

“It’s really satisfying to be able to provide some benefit to the Goondiwindi community, by using local resources and local people,” Mr Jones said.  

“This is our first job with Inland Rail and we’ve been able to promote one of our part-time employees to full-time.”

Goondiwindi Men’s Shed member, Peter Cory said four to five members are working on the project and expect to receive about $1000 for the order of stakes, which will take about two weeks to make. 

“The funds will really help our men’s shed in buying more equipment,” Mr Cory said.

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