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Keep up to date with highlights of our projects and the work we do with local communities, businesses and industry.

Keep up to date with highlights of our projects and the work we do with local communities, businesses and industry.

  • Supporting our invaluable community volunteers

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    5 days ago

    Now more than ever we can appreciate the contributions that groups like Meals on Wheels are providing across our communities.

    With the curtailing of local events due to COVID-19 restrictions, we’ve redirected some Inland Rail merchandise and arranged the creation of packs of hand sanitiser, sunscreen and lip balm to help protect Meals on Wheels volunteers continuing their invaluable community work.

    Our teams are delivering a total of 500 of these care packs to Meals on Wheels services in Toowoomba in Queensland, and Parkes and Moree in New South Wales, for use by volunteers. In Parkes they are also being...

    Now more than ever we can appreciate the contributions that groups like Meals on Wheels are providing across our communities.

    With the curtailing of local events due to COVID-19 restrictions, we’ve redirected some Inland Rail merchandise and arranged the creation of packs of hand sanitiser, sunscreen and lip balm to help protect Meals on Wheels volunteers continuing their invaluable community work.

    Our teams are delivering a total of 500 of these care packs to Meals on Wheels services in Toowoomba in Queensland, and Parkes and Moree in New South Wales, for use by volunteers. In Parkes they are also being forwarded on to Meals on Wheels clients.

    ARTC Inland Rail Stakeholder Engagement Manager Sarah Delahunty hands over care packs destined for Toowoomba Meals on Wheels volunteers to Toowoomba Care Army Director Jo Capp

    Moree Care Executive Officer Michelle Harrison takes delivery of care packs from Inland Rail Stakeholder Engagement Lead (Narrabri to North Star) Melanie Elms.

    Inland Rail NSW North Stakeholder Engagement Advisor Amanda Dunn delivers care packs to Parkes Meals on Wheels Service Manager Gillian Kinsela.


    Published 22 May, 2020

  • Sustainable procurement on Inland Rail

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    8 days ago

    Sustainability is so important to Inland Rail we have an expert team entirely dedicated to it. The team is constantly looking at how we can do things differently to create better outcomes and lasting benefits for the community and the environment. Working with our suppliers, we’re committed to achieving a positive legacy through the design and construction of Inland Rail.

    We will work with hundreds of suppliers during the life of Inland Rail construction. That’s why we’ve implemented an Inland Rail Sustainable Procurement Policy. We need to be sure that our suppliers share our culture of continuous improvement and...

    Sustainability is so important to Inland Rail we have an expert team entirely dedicated to it. The team is constantly looking at how we can do things differently to create better outcomes and lasting benefits for the community and the environment. Working with our suppliers, we’re committed to achieving a positive legacy through the design and construction of Inland Rail.

    We will work with hundreds of suppliers during the life of Inland Rail construction. That’s why we’ve implemented an Inland Rail Sustainable Procurement Policy. We need to be sure that our suppliers share our culture of continuous improvement and build on lessons learnt and best practices.

    Our team is also developing a new Supplier Sustainability Assessment Tool that will help us work closely with suppliers through all stages of the procurement process and provide a platform to give feedback to suppliers on how they can improve their sustainability.

    Our work in this area has been recognised by industry with the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) recently publishing a case study on our Sustainable Procurement practices, written by our Senior Sustainability Advisor, Ramola Yardi and Sustainability Manager, Georgia Gosse. View the case study on the ISCA website here.


    Published 19 May, 2020

  • Narrabri businesses advertise their resilience

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    10 days ago

    As we gear up for Inland Rail construction to start in the Narrabri region later this year, we recognise that communities and businesses in the area have been hit hard; first by drought and now COVID-19 restrictions.

    Over a five-week period, Inland Rail will work with the team at the locally-owned newspaper, The Courier, to support the ‘Coping with COVID’ page which gives local businesses an opportunity to remind residents they’re open for business.

    Crossroads Hotel in Narrabri, New South Wales

    Our work on the Parkes to Narromine project has shown that local businesses are very important to the...

    As we gear up for Inland Rail construction to start in the Narrabri region later this year, we recognise that communities and businesses in the area have been hit hard; first by drought and now COVID-19 restrictions.

    Over a five-week period, Inland Rail will work with the team at the locally-owned newspaper, The Courier, to support the ‘Coping with COVID’ page which gives local businesses an opportunity to remind residents they’re open for business.

    Crossroads Hotel in Narrabri, New South Wales

    Our work on the Parkes to Narromine project has shown that local businesses are very important to the successful delivery of Inland Rail. It also highlighted the opportunities Inland Rail provides for businesses during construction. We want local suppliers – accommodation providers, local bakeries, cafés, retailers, fuel and building suppliers – to hang on in there; we’re coming soon!


    The 'Coping with COVID' advertising page from Narrabri's The Courier newspaper


    Published 18 May, 2020

  • Actively contributing to Queensland’s future

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    about 1 month ago

    We’re looking out for Queensland.

    Queensland makes up around 21% of the total length of Inland Rail and will receive upwards of $6 billion during construction, so our membership of the Queensland Futures Institute (QFI) is important to us.

    From left, Inland Rail CEO, Richard Wankmuller, Chief of Staff, Brendan Nerdal and Director, Government and Stakeholder Relations, Simon Eldridge.

    QFI is a partnership of business, research, education and community leaders working together on public policy reform in Queensland and Inland Rail is represented, at our Leadership Team level, on the three QFI councils focused on the state’s potential and...

    We’re looking out for Queensland.

    Queensland makes up around 21% of the total length of Inland Rail and will receive upwards of $6 billion during construction, so our membership of the Queensland Futures Institute (QFI) is important to us.

    From left, Inland Rail CEO, Richard Wankmuller, Chief of Staff, Brendan Nerdal and Director, Government and Stakeholder Relations, Simon Eldridge.

    QFI is a partnership of business, research, education and community leaders working together on public policy reform in Queensland and Inland Rail is represented, at our Leadership Team level, on the three QFI councils focused on the state’s potential and its emerging opportunities:

    • Inland Rail CEO Richard Wankmuller is a member of the Queensland Futures Council, which sets QFI’s policy agenda and contributes to public policy debate on the state’s economic and social growth
    • Inland Rail Director of Government and Stakeholder Relations Simon Eldridge is a member of the Queensland Corporate Affairs Council which facilitates public policy debate on corporate, external and government affairs matters
    • Inland Rail Chief of Staff Brendan Nerdal is part of the Queensland Economics and Finance Council which focuses on Queensland’s economy and finances.


    Published 15 April, 2020

  • Inland Rail on board to support women in the rail industry

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    about 1 month ago

    Inland Rail is getting behind the Australasian Railway Association’s (ARA) Women in Rail Mentoring Program in 2020.

    We recognise the value of a diverse workforce to long-term success and can proudly claim that 44% of the current Inland Rail workforce is female, so it makes sense for us to support the program through both sponsorship and program participation.

    The mentoring program runs for six months and is designed to support, guide and retain women employed in the rail industry.

    Seven members of the Inland Rail team successfully applied to become part of the 2020 program, with five women involved as...

    Inland Rail is getting behind the Australasian Railway Association’s (ARA) Women in Rail Mentoring Program in 2020.

    We recognise the value of a diverse workforce to long-term success and can proudly claim that 44% of the current Inland Rail workforce is female, so it makes sense for us to support the program through both sponsorship and program participation.

    The mentoring program runs for six months and is designed to support, guide and retain women employed in the rail industry.

    Seven members of the Inland Rail team successfully applied to become part of the 2020 program, with five women involved as mentees, and two of our male staff getting on board as mentors.

    Our female participants are at various stages of their careers and are set to benefit from professional and leadership development through their pairing with inspirational mentors from across the rail sector.

    Our Inland Rail participants are:

    • Georgia Gosse, Sustainability Manager (mentee)
    • Jacki Casey, Social Media Coordinator (mentee)
    • Kerrin Roberts, Project Manager (mentee)
    • Melissa Maclean, Safety Advisor (mentee)
    • Suzie McLean, Safety Advisor (mentee)
    • Adam Chapple, Head of Human Resources (mentor)
    • Ilan Sagi, Head of Engineering and Value Creation (mentor)

    The Gender Diversity Report of the Australasian Rail Workforce, released by the ARA in April 2020, details that in 2018-19 women made up 27% of the rail workforce, which was a 6% improvement on the previous 2016-17 report.

    Two of Inland Rail’s 2020 Women in Rail Mentoring Program participants, mentor Ilan Sagi (Head of Engineering and Value Creation) and mentee Jacki Casey (Social Media Advisor).

    Published 9 April, 2020

  • Helping to keep businesses on track

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    about 1 month ago

    Over the past couple of years we have regularly called on Michael Kelly from Grenada Promotional Products for Inland Rail’s branded merchandise supplies.

    Now, more than ever, we’re conscious of how meaningful our orders might be to help support Australian businesses during the tough economic times in 2020. As Michael explained:

    “We have a diverse supply base across Australia and New Zealand. Of the products we sell, there are two components (1) the product and (2) the decoration of the product (your logo). We can personally attest that decoration of your products directly keeps staff working in Australia. And we...

    Over the past couple of years we have regularly called on Michael Kelly from Grenada Promotional Products for Inland Rail’s branded merchandise supplies.

    Now, more than ever, we’re conscious of how meaningful our orders might be to help support Australian businesses during the tough economic times in 2020. As Michael explained:

    “We have a diverse supply base across Australia and New Zealand. Of the products we sell, there are two components (1) the product and (2) the decoration of the product (your logo). We can personally attest that decoration of your products directly keeps staff working in Australia. And we thank you for working together with us to ensure priority was given to Australian labour whenever possible.

    For example, your pen order would equate to approximately 20 hours of labour for printing alone. Equally, there are hours of distribution, shipping and other indirect benefits. In addition, over two days of labour would be required to print your sunscreens and, most importantly, this product is also made in Australia.

    But the best example is the embroidery of your caps which would equate to keeping someone on machines for over two weeks of embroidery time, plus packing and distribution. Most of our decorators and suppliers are small to medium-sized businesses, so the direct impacts are well and truly appreciated.

    At a time when a number of markets are shrinking, on behalf of us and our decorators, we thank you for keeping people working.”


    Published 26 March, 2020


  • Inland Rail a major contributor to Queensland’s construction pipeline

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    about 1 month ago

    Get ready Queensland – Inland Rail is on its way.

    The Queensland Major Projects Pipeline Report, released in March 2020, details the pipeline of major infrastructure projects across the state for the next five years. And Inland Rail is a key contributor.

    Queensland is anticipating $50.6 billion in major project work between 2019/20 and 2023/24, made up of $27.4 billion in funded work and $23.2 billion in unfunded work.The rail sector is still the largest driver of growth in major project activity, with Inland Rail expected to deliver $4.55 billion in construction work up to 2024/25.

    View the online...

    Get ready Queensland – Inland Rail is on its way.

    The Queensland Major Projects Pipeline Report, released in March 2020, details the pipeline of major infrastructure projects across the state for the next five years. And Inland Rail is a key contributor.

    Queensland is anticipating $50.6 billion in major project work between 2019/20 and 2023/24, made up of $27.4 billion in funded work and $23.2 billion in unfunded work.The rail sector is still the largest driver of growth in major project activity, with Inland Rail expected to deliver $4.55 billion in construction work up to 2024/25.

    View the online report, co-authored by BIS Oxford Economics, Queensland Major Contractors Association and Infrastructure Association Queensland, and sponsored by Inland Rail, here.

    The Acacia Ridge intermodal terminal in Brisbane


    Published 19 March, 2020