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 2022, the project has employed:
- 1,305 people in total, of whom 198 are Indigenous
- 318 local residents, of whom 81 are local and Indigenous
- 117 women
- 795 people in a sustainable role*
To date, 127 local businesses and 9 Indigenous businesses have supplied to the project, with a total spend of:
- $106 million with local businesses
- $7.7 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 2022
Infographic summarising benefits of the Narrabri to North Star (Phase 1) project for the local community from September 2020 to April 2022.
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.
Supporting Indigenous workers
We are committed to helping individuals build life-long skills and prosperity within their local communities through the Inland Rail Skills Academy.
My Money Dream is a financial literacy program offered to Indigenous employees on the Narrabri to North Star Phase 1 project by Inland Rail’s Skills Academy in conjunction with First Nations Foundation.
The program is designed to help participants achieve their financial goals by providing education around managing money, budgeting, banking, superannuation and insurance. Dozens of eligible workers have enrolled in the program with great success.
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.
June 28, 2022
Towards a career in construction
Our Inland Rail Skills Academy is partnering with TAFE NSW to deliver bespoke training programs in Northern NSW, helping students gain practical experience and that first step towards a career in construction.
June 28, 2022
Inland Rail helps to inspire and educate students in STEM
Over three days in June at Narrabri’s Crossing Theatre, more than 400 students from across northwest NSW participated in fun and educational workshops as part of the Science and Engineering Challenge, hosted by the University of Newcastle and sponsored by Inland Rail.
April 28, 2022
Partnering with TAFE to create opportunities
Inland Rail is committed to leaving a positive legacy for communities along the alignment by creating opportunities for education, training and employment. By working with education providers, not-for-profit organisations and local businesses, we’re learning more about current needs and capabilities, and creating programs for growth and development.