- Published: Monday, 29 April 2019 16:12
Inland Rail Update - April 2019
The Inland Rail will complete the ‘backbone’ of the national freight network between Melbourne and Brisbane via Wagga Wagga, Parkes, Narromine, Moree and Toowoomba.
In one of the biggest investments ever earmarked for regional Australia, the Federal Government will fund the project, investing $8.4billion as announced as part of the 2017-2018 Federal Budget.
The Federal Government through Australian Track Rail Corporation (ARTC) is delivering this multi-billion dollar infrastructure in partnership with the private sector. The Inland Rail will transform the way goods are moved between Brisbane and Melbourne, and between the eastern states, Adelaide and Perth; support Australia’s most productive agricultural regions; provide supply chain benefits and substantial cost savings for producers.
“As one of the founding members of the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Alliance, Council has been working tirelessly over the last four years to make sure our community is “Inland Rail ready” Mayor Cr Katrina Humphries.
With freight volumes set to double by 2030 and triple by 2050, Moree will form an integral part of the intermodal freight solution:
The Narrabri to North Star (N2NS) section is one of 13 projects that comprises Inland Rail and will see about 185km of upgraded track and 3km of new track constructed to enable heavier axle loads and double–stacked trains, and improve transit times. This project crosses the three local government areas of Gwydir, Narrabri and Moree Plains.
This project utilises existing rail corridor and track between N2NS. The upgrade work for this project will involve:
ARTC has completed a preliminary environmental assessment and made an application to the New South Wales Government for approval to construct and operate the N2NS section of Inland Rail as State Significant Infrastructure.
An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been prepared and delivered to the New South Wales Government.
The State Significant Infrastructure application, the EIS and accompanying documents are now available for public comment and can be viewed:
These will be available until Friday 15 December 2017 and anyone can make a submission during the public exhibition period ending Friday 15 December 2017.
A number of consultation meetings will be held during the public exhibition period.
For more information, visit www.inlandrail.artc.com.au
John Carleton, Executive Projects Manager
02 6757 3222
Moree Plains businesses are encouraged to become involved in the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail following an announcement by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) that construction of the Parkes to Narromine Inland Rail section with Planning Approval being recently granted.
“This is a really encouraging development for the Moree Plains community as it brings Inland Rail one step closer to our doorstep with the Narrabri to North Star section now scheduled to commence in the third or fourth quarter of 2019,” said Moree Plains Shire Council’s Mayor Cr Katrina Humphries.
Local industry briefings encouraging Moree Plains businesses to become involved in the Inland Rail project are scheduled to be held during the first and second quarter of 2019.
Moree Plains businesses are encouraged to now register their interest in becoming more involved in the Inland Rail project by:
Mayor Humphries highlighted Council’s continued recognition of the strategic importance of the Inland Rail to the ongoing prosperity of the Shire, “the Inland Rail is a once-in-a-generation project that has the potential to truly unleash the economic potential of the Moree Plains.”
“Not only will the Inland Rail provide huge benefits to our producers once completed, but has the potential to open up new industries for the region, with Moree positioned to continue its importance as a transport and logistics hub for the north-west and gateway to the New England region,” said the Mayor.
Inland Rail is the largest freight rail infrastructure project in Australia and is expected to be operational in 2024-2025. It will provide an unprecedented connection for regional Australia to domestic and international markets.
More information on the Inland Rail and the progression of each section of the project can be found on the ARTC website www.inlandrail.artc.com.au .