Mayor Greg Conkey has spent the last 43 years of his life in Wagga and he is determined to ensure the city reaps the benefits of the project.
He said the economic advantages associated with freight infrastructure went both ways, with the ability to reduce costs for producers shipping their produce and for regional businesses needing materials transported into Wagga.
“Inland Rail is extremely important to this country because we need to be more economically competitive with our produce,” said Cr Conkey.
“One of the biggest costs is freight, so to slash the costs to get the produce like our canola oil to the ports in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, makes us more competitive.”
“We also have the largest battery recycling centre in Australia and Inland Rail will change the way batteries are transported here,” he said.
Wagga Wagga City Council is looking to the future with Inland Rail, supporting investment in infrastructure like the Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics Hub and the Bomen Industrial Park, to encourage other business to set up in the city.
“In the short term, there are a lots of employment opportunities with Inland Rail, but in the long term it will be the economic driver for this city forever,” said Cr Conkey.
July 28, 2021
Taking the chill out of bowls in Violet Town
Winter is now a whole lot toastier for Violet Town Bowls Club’s members thanks to a reverse-cycle air conditioning unit installed with an Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations grant.
July 26, 2021
Benalla Working Group chair’s summary 12 July 2021
Chair's summary from the Benalla Working Group meeting held on 12 July 2021.