• Hannah Phillips

The Inland Rail Plan

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann and Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government Dr John McVeigh on Wednesday announced the development of a strategic planning tool to support the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail, led by the Regional Australia Institute (RAI).

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the ‘Are you Ready for Inland Rail?’ tool will help regional Australians maximise the benefits of Inland Rail.

“This tool will outline the information regional communities need to consider to best prepare and take advantage of the long term benefits of this corridor of commerce,” Mr McCormack said.

Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann said the $9.3 billion commitment by the Australian Government to deliver the Inland Rail will ensure a fast, reliable and modern rail link between Melbourne and Brisbane, adding more than $16 billion to the Australian economy.

“The Inland Rail delivers the infrastructure required to ensure that Australia’s supply chain remains competitive into thefuture,” Senator Cormann said.

Minister for Regional Development John McVeigh said the Inland Rail Regional Liaison Offices will work with communities utilising the tool to take advantage of long term benefits for regions.

“Staff from the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities will be working with businesses and communities along the alignment to understand how they can make the most of this major investment in freight infrastructure,” Dr McVeigh said.

Regional Australia Institute CEO Jack Archer said for those regions along the Inland Rail route, being able to capitalise on the benefits it will bring is dependent on having a well planned and executed strategic plan.

“The planning tool, which every region will be able to access and benefit from, regardless of their size or resource constraints, will help communities prepare for this once in a generation opportunity,” Jack Archer said.

The ‘Are You Ready for Inland Rail’ strategic planning tool will be available from September 2018.

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