Regional communities in Victoria can look forward to a boost in gross regional product of more than $1.2 billion from Inland Rail over the next 50 years. The project will create more than 16,000 jobs during construction.
More than 90% will be based in regional Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales.
Find out about the opportunities Inland Rail will bring to your area.
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, such as:
- small business workshops
- youth programs
- community gardens
- NAIDOC Week celebrations
- water tanks
- barbeques and portable stages for community events
- local sporting events.
Scholarships for local university students
The Inland Rail Scholarship Program supports students from local communities through their full undergraduate course.
The Program offers opportunities for up to six regional students considering an undergraduate degree at La Trobe University’s Albury-Wodonga, Shepparton, Bendigo and Melbourne campuses.
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 their undergraduate degree.
Indigenous people and those experiencing financial hardship are particularly encouraged to apply for assistance.
December 2, 2020
Cleaner ride while horsing around in Seymour
Horse riders with a disability will enjoy a better riding experience at Seymour’s Kings Park, thanks to a new tow-and-collect machine purchased by Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) Seymour with support from Inland Rail’s Community Sponsorships and Donations program.
November 23, 2020
Robotics kit gives students a leg-up in STEM
Wangaratta region primary school students are boosting their hi-tech learning skills with a new Sphero Robotics kit thanks to grant funding from Inland Rail’s Community Sponsorships and Donations program.