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

Key Queensland Inland Rail section declared Coordinated Project

Media Release

MM010/2018

19 March 2018

Joint release with:

Dr John McVeigh

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government

Mathias Cormann

Minister for Finance
Senator for Western Australia

The iconic Inland Rail project is building momentum in Queensland with the State's Coordinator-General declaring the section between the New South Wales and Queensland border and Gowrie as a ‘Coordinated Project’.

The Coalition Government committed an additional $8.4 billion in the 2017–18 Federal Budget toward Inland Rail, continuing our commitment to deliver this major job creator for regional Australians.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the announcement was an important step for the key Queensland link.

“With this declaration the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) will start the environmental impact assessment phase, involving detailed environmental studies and community consultation,” Mr McCormack said.

“Inland Rail in Queensland will be dual gauge and will enable agricultural and bulk freight from south-east Queensland to travel to market faster and at a lower cost.”

Federal Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann said Inland Rail would open up a new freight option for southern Queensland, improving efficiency and competitiveness for producers.

“Inland Rail is set to boost economic development and investment, including in regional Queensland and will return $16 billion to the national economy during the delivery phase and into operation,” Mr Cormann said.

Federal Member for Groom John McVeigh said the community's input had been essential in getting this project underway and he was looking forward to seeing how their views would shape the project.

“ARTC will continue to work closely with residents, industry, Councils and stakeholders to ensure the community's voice is heard, with a number of formal and informal opportunities for locals to have their say during this phase,” Dr McVeigh said.

“This project is big news for southern and regional Queensland returning $7.3 billion to the Queensland economy and I am keen to see how the community can take advantage of this transformational project.”

Construction on the Border to Gowrie project will start once all necessary approvals have been received.

For more information on the project, visit www.inlandrail.com.au.