Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the appointment of is a clear demonstration that real progress is being made to boost productivity along the country’s fastest growing freight corridor.
“The Australian Government has committed $300 million to commence work on the Inland Rail project to create jobs, achieve productivity gains and stimulate economic growth for the future prosperity of Australia, especially the regions,” Mr Truss said.
“These first tenders will provide vital input to planning of some of the key segments of the Parkes to Narromine and Narrabri to North Star sections of the Inland Rail project.
“Inland Rail will transform freight movements through south east Queensland, across regional New South Wales and rural Victoria, linking with the existing national network to move produce around the nation more efficiently.
“With Australia’s freight task set to treble along the eastern seaboard, Inland Rail is a crucial project for meeting the demand for a road-competitive freight rail service and take 190,000 trucks off the road each year.
“Applications for provision of community engagement services for the Inland Rail in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland are currently under review, with further tender opportunities to be announced over coming months.
“We’re getting on with the job of delivering world-class infrastructure that secures Australia’s transport needs to drive national productivity for generations to come.”
More information about the Inland Rail project is available at www.inlandrail.artc.com.au