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 September 2021, the project has employed:
- 746 people in total, of whom 111 are Indigenous
- 231 local residents, of whom 65 are local Indigenous
- 73 women
- 176 people in a sustainable role*
To date, 118 local businesses and 9 Indigenous businesses have supplied to the project, with a total spend of:
- $45.8 million with local businesses
- $3.7 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 September 2021
Infographic summarising benefits of the Narrabri to North Star (Phase 1) project for the local community from September 2020 to September 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.
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.
October 18, 2021
Improved mobile telecommunications in northwest has a nice ring to it
Residents of North West New South Wales will enjoy greater mobile phone coverage thanks to new and improved telecommunications infrastructure being delivered as part of the Narrabri to North Star section of Inland Rail.
August 31, 2021
Financial education tools making a difference for Indigenous communities
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.