We are supporting people and businesses in the Narrabri to North Star area with opportunities to work, learn and grow their business.
We closely monitor employment and industry participation to make sure local communities are benefitting from the opportunities available.
Locals in the Narrabri to North Star area are already benefitting from Inland Rail. Between September 2020 and April 2021, the project has employed:
- 257 people in total, of whom 45 are Indigenous
- 71 local residents, of whom 32 local Indigenous
- 45 women
- 20 people in a sustainable role*
To date, 87 local businesses have supplied to the project already, including five Indigenous businesses, with a total spend of:
- $5.8 million with local businesses
- $0.9 million with Indigenous businesses
*Employed for 26 weeks or more for a minimum of 15 hours a week
Narrabri to North Star Phase 1 community benefits snapshot April 2021
Infographic summarising benefits of the Narrabri to North Star (Phase 1) project for the local community from September 2020 to April 2021.
Local opportunities: Narrabri to North Star Phase 1
Trans4m Rail, a joint venture between John Holland and SEE Civil, have been awarded the contract to upgrade 171km of existing railway track between Narrabri and North Star – known as Phase 1.
Trans4m Rail is committed to creating sustainable economic development and employment opportunities for local and Indigenous businesses and individuals by maximising their opportunities to participate in Phase 1.
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.
Sponsoring 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, such as:
- small business workshops
- youth programs
- community group initiatives
- water tanks
- equipment for community events
- local sporting events.
May 30, 2021
Narrabri dances to fight cancer
The dance floor at Narrabri’s Crossing Theatre lit up with the Stars of Narrabri – Dance for Cancer fundraising event in May.
May 28, 2021
Build your business’s capacity with our new sustainability webinars
The size and scale of Inland Rail means we have an opportunity—and responsibility—to promote strong sustainability practices within industry. The Inland Rail Skills Academy has developed a three-part webinar series to help suppliers build sustainability capacity that aligns with our values.