• Hannah Phillips

Next Design Contract Awarded For Inland Rail

Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of The Nationals Michael McCormack along with Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann and Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Mark Coulton announced on Thursday that The Liberal and Nationals’ Government is continuing to progress the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail, with a $13.5 million contract awarded by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) for feasibility design work between Narromine and Narrabri.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the contract is one of many set to be awarded this year for the 1,700km project.

“Today’s contract award takes the Narromine to Narrabri project another step forward,” Mr McCormack said. “Inland Rail will boost economic development and investment, bringing jobs and opportunities to local businesses and communities throughout regional Australia.

“With construction on the Parkes to Narromine project set to commence this year, we are already starting seeing evidence of this in these communities.

“We are working closely with landholders and the community to ensure concerns about the route between Narromine and Narrabri are heard.

The Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment and Member for Parkes Mark Coulton welcomed the announcement that work on the Environmental Impact Assessment will commence in coming months.

“This is critical work which will help to narrow the current preferred study corridor from up to five kilometres to a final alignment of 40-60 metres,” Mr Coulton said.

Construction works on the Narromine to Narrabri section will not commence until all necessary approvals have been received in approximately two years’ time.

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