Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Green light for Business Case for Townsville rail project

Media Release

DC093/2016

23 August 2016

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester today confirmed a commitment of $3 million for the development of a business case for the Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor (TEARC) project.

“The development of an in-depth business case, which will consider the feasibility and the cost estimate, is a key stage in realising this important project,” Mr Chester said.

“The Federal Government's funding commitment is conditional on the Queensland Government matching the commitment. It is part of the Coalition's $150 million commitment made by the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in May this year. “I have written to my counterpart in Queensland, Stirling Hinchliffe, to confirm my approval for the first stage of the project under the National Land Transport Act 2014.

“This project will provide a new eight kilometre rail freight line connecting the North Coast rail line and the Mount Isa to Townsville rail line to the Port of Townsville. It will transform Townsville's city centre by redirecting significant quantities of freight travelling by rail to the Port of Townsville away from the CBD. “Positive discussions between Australian Government and Queensland officials to settle appropriate governance arrangements are currently underway.

“Once the business case is complete, the project will then be assessed by Infrastructure Australia, as part of the approval process for projects receiving over $100 million in Australian Government funding.”