Detailed design contracts awarded on two key NSW Inland Rail sections

Media Release

DC362/2017

16 November 2017

Joint release with:

Michael McCormack

Minister for Small Business
Federal Member for Riverina

Mark Coulton

Federal Member for Parkes

Contracts have been awarded to deliver detailed design work for the Parkes to Narromine and Narrabri to North Star sections of the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail project.

The contract for both sections has been awarded to WSP Australia Pty Ltd and Mott MacDonald Australia Pty Ltd, with the Parkes to Narromine works valued at approximately $10 million and the Narrabri to North Star works valued around $13 million. The contracts will deliver consulting services to provide engineering, design, environmental assessment and approval activities.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Inland Rail works would stimulate significant development, investment and innovation opportunities for many communities.

“This critical infrastructure will be the catalyst for new manufacturing and production opportunities throughout regional Australia. We are already seeing private investors making enquiries, and the Australian Government will work closely with local partners and the community to make the most of these opportunities,” Mr Chester said.

Federal Minister for Small Business and Federal Member for Riverina Michael McCormack welcomed today's announcement as another step in getting the Inland Rail project rolling.

“These contracts mean we are another step closer to construction, which means more economic activity, jobs and opportunities throughout the region. The detailed design stage assesses the preferred solution from feasibility design, together with any directives as a result of the EIS consultation process. This takes the project from the concept stage to a point where a builder can commence construction,” Mr McCormack said.

Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said reaching this stage on two separate sections of Inland Rail would create a pipeline of opportunity for businesses throughout regional New South Wales.

“This 1,700km line is the largest freight rail infrastructure project in Australia, and the next big thing for regional Australia. It's terrific to see real progress being made on the Narrabri to North Star section, following our commitment of an additional $8.4 billion to Inland Rail in this year's Federal Budget, on top of nearly $900 million previously committed,” Mr Coulton said.

The Australian Government, through the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), is delivering the multi-billion dollar Inland Rail in partnership with the private sector. More information about the Inland Rail project is available at www.inlandrail.com.au.