We are committed to ensuring local communities between Parkes and Narromine benefit from the construction and operation of Inland Rail.
We closely monitor employment and industry participation to make sure local communities are benefitting from the opportunities available.
Locals in the Parkes to Narromine area are already benefitting from Inland Rail. Since December 2018, the project has employed:
- 1862 people in total, of whom 302 are Indigenous
- 762 local residents, of whom 197 local Indigenous
- 938 people in a sustainable role*
- 72 women
- 303 tradespeople.
*Employed for 26 weeks or more for a minimum of 15 hours a week
We are committed to supporting local businesses and suppliers. To date, 99 local businesses have supplied to the project already, including nine Indigenous businesses, with a total spend of:
- $109.7 million with local businesses
- $14.1 million with Indigenous businesses.
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.
March 19, 2021
Inland Rail projects declared Critical State Significant Infrastructure
ARTC applied to the New South Wales Government Department of Planning and Environment to have Inland Rail considered ‘Critical State Significant Infrastructure’ (CSSI).
December 2, 2020
Inland Rail project exceeds targets for sustainable practices
The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) exceeded its sustainability targets on the first completed section of the railway project between Parkes and Narromine with the redeployment of more than 98% of the existing steel rail track and recycling nearly 47,000 timber sleepers.