Expressions of Interest (EOI) are open to build 171 kilometres of rail track in northern New South Wales for the Narrabri to North Star section of Inland Rail.
A second EOI has been opened for contractors that can supply 1.44 million sleepers for the entire project.
Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) Chief Executive Richard Wankmuller said as work continues on the critical Inland Rail project more and more regional communities will benefit economically through job creation and the expansion of local businesses.
“Inland Rail is already securing jobs for regional Australians. The benefits of Inland Rail will be felt far beyond the route as businesses come on board to build this essential link in our national supply chain,” Wankmuller said.
“This once-in-a generation project will complete the backbone of the national freight network by providing a transit time of 24 hours or less for freight trains between Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland,” he said.
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“Inland Rail is creating opportunities for regions to connect to cities and businesses to markets. With a project of this size comes numerous prospects for people, businesses and communities to profit and prosper.”
At the peak of construction, the ARTC expects there will be 16,000 direct and indirect jobs from Inland Rail.
The ARTC is focused on ensuring that local companies, business and job seekers are also able to take part in the Inland Rail project, in addition to the major construction businesses.
It also expects the Narrabri to North Star works to support concrete supply, transportation, fencing, earthmoving, drainage, electrical works, security and water bore drilling providers.
“The Parkes to Narromine section of Inland Rail is now 10 months into full construction and the economic benefits can already been clearly seen in Parkes and surrounding regions,” Wankmuller said.
“Inland Rail construction is injecting significant dollars into local businesses and the regional economy with $41.2 million spent so far.”
Industry briefings are being held to provide an update to the construction industry on the Inland rail Project, with almost 1000 people registered to attend three sessions in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.