Queenslanders can look forward to a boost in gross state product of more than $7.2 billion during construction of Inland Rail and over the next 50 years.
Locals in the NSW/QLD Border to Gowrie areas are already benefitting.
Scholarships for local university students
The Inland Rail Scholarship Program supports students from local communities through their full undergraduate course.
We have partnered with Charles Sturt University, the University of Southern Queensland and La Trobe University to offer scholarships to regional students pursuing studies and careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) and related fields.
Students who live along the Inland Rail route are invited to apply for scholarships valued up to $20,000, or the equivalent of $5,000 for every year of study during the undergraduate degree.
Indigenous people and those experiencing financial hardship are particularly encouraged to apply for assistance.
Sponsorship of community organisations
We are pleased to support local community groups to run events and activities through our Community Sponsorships and Donations Program.
We offer four open rounds of funding each year.
Initiatives we have funded include essential community items and activities, such as:
- air conditioning for the Inglewood Men’s Shed
- installation of electrical cables at Yelarbon Men’s Shed
- lawn mower for the Yelarbon recreation ground
- power tools for the Goondiwindi Men’s Shed
- barbeque for the Downs Steam Tourist Rail and Museum
- supporting the Biddeston Primary School PCYC garden party.
October 21, 2021
Millmerran students try a trade
Twenty Millmerran students had the opportunity to try their hand at rail skills, electrical work and bricklaying at a skills development workshop held on 6 October 2021 at Millmerran State School.
September 3, 2021
All Aboard for Hope a roaring success
Hope Horizons Cancer Wellness Centre has provided free allied health services to more than 500 cancer patients and their carers from Toowoomba and surrounds during its three years of operation. We were proud to support their recent Gatsby-themed event, All Aboard for Hope, to raise awareness and funds for this vital service.
September 3, 2021
Sketching out the Inland Rail Delivery Strategy
In September 2020, we announced the Inland Rail Delivery Strategy. This included a change to our procurement process to make it more collaborative, projects smaller and less complicated, and with more opportunities for industry to participate.