Inland Rail Regional Office Now Open in Dubbo

Media Release

MM012/2018

22 March 2018

Joint release with:

Mark Coulton

Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment
Federal Member for Parkes

  • Inland Rail offices open in Dubbo, Albury-Wodonga and Toowoomba
  • Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities staff will work with community to capitalise on the economic and social opportunities of the project
  • Inland Rail is a key pillar of the Coalition Government's commitment to create jobs and investment opportunities for regional Australians

Job seekers, workers and local communities in regional New South Wales will soon be reaping the rewards of Inland Rail with the opening of a local office in Dubbo—one of three to support the 1,700 kilometre project.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said this was a great step for Inland Rail, a project which will create jobs and investment opportunities throughout regional New South Wales.

“This Government is driving the benefits of Inland Rail for Australia and providing opportunities for businesses and communities across regional Australia. This project will create thousands of jobs and return $16 billion to the economy during the delivery phase and the first 50 years of operation,” Mr McCormack said.

“Inland Rail is about creating new growth opportunities for regional communities and creating expanded career pathways for people living in regional Australia. As a regional MP, I am proud to see the Government delivering on our commitment to build this vital corridor of commerce.”

Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the appointment of Regional Liaison Officers will assist businesses and communities on a regional scale to capitalise the economic and social opportunities of the project.

“Staff from the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities will work with stakeholders to maximise local procurement and employment opportunities, as well as preparing industries and regions to take advantage of the opportunities arising from the operation of Inland Rail,” Mr Coulton said.

“Locating the office in Dubbo is all about driving the benefits for the broader regions; Inland Rail is about more than towns directly on the route.

“The Parkes to Narromine project is set to be the first project to commence construction, and the office will be working with stakeholders to maximise local involvement, including Indigenous, employment and procurement benefits as we ramp up for construction in mid this year.”

Construction works will commence once all necessary approvals have been received. More information about the Inland Rail project is available at www.inlandrail.com.au.