Inland Rail - Major Techincal Services Tender Now Open
As a founding member of the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Alliance (MBIRA), Moree Plains Shire Council (MPSC) sees the national opening of tenders for technical advisory and engineering services as a significant milestone in the development of this nation-building infrastructure project.
Vice Chair of the MBIRA and MPSC’s Deputy Mayor, Councillor Sue Price believes that this step demonstrates that the Federal Government is serious about pursuing this project and the project is very much in the planning and environmental approvals phase.
“The company that is chosen to deliver Technical Advisory and Engineering Services for Inland Rail will provide a team of experts to guide the engineering requirements for the project. This will allow the Australian Rail Track Corporation to get on with getting Inland Rail shovel ready,” said Cr Price.
“The freight corridor from Melbourne to Brisbane is vital to our national economy. It already generates commodity exports worth more than $260 billion each year, with freight movements along this corridor to treble over the next two decades.
“Inland Rail will connect south east Queensland directly by rail to Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth avoiding the need for freight to move through the congested Sydney network. It will reduce the distance between Melbourne and Brisbane by 200 km and carve 500 km from the Brisbane to Perth trip. It will remove 200,000 trucks, or 5.4 billion net tonne kilometres of freight, from roads each year and add $22.5 billion to the Australian economy.
“Inland Rail will complement existing road and rail networks and dramatically boost productivity. It is a game-changer for Australia, with regional Australia’s growth, productivity and prosperity at its core,” she said.
“Inland Rail will boost regional economic growth and drive national productivity, connecting key production areas in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria with export ports across the country in the most efficient way possible.”
Aside from the benefits to be derived once the Inland Rail is operational, Cr Price noted that “The project itself will create up to 16,000 direct jobs during a 10-year construction period and a regular 600 jobs once operational.”
The advertisements for the Technical Advisory and Engineering Services tender come as Infrastructure Australia considers the Inland Rail Business Case, which will, in turn, inform future construction funding.