Inland Rail Regional Office Now Open in Toowoomba

Media Release

MM014/2018

22 March 2018

Joint release with:

Dr John McVeigh

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government
Federal Member for Groom

Scott Buchholz

Federal Member for Wright

  • Inland Rail offices open in Toowoomba, Dubbo and Albury-Wodonga
  • 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 Queensland will soon be reaping the rewards of Inland Rail with the opening of a local office in Toowoomba—one of three located along 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 Queensland.

“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.”

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government and Member for Groom John McVeigh said the appointment of Regional Liaison Officers based in Toowoomba would help businesses and communities in the region capitalise on the economic and social opportunities of the project.

“Staff from the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities are now in Toowoomba to work with local stakeholders to maximise procurement and employment opportunities, as well as preparing industries and regions to take advantage of opportunities arising from the operation of Inland Rail,” Dr McVeigh said.

“I am very pleased to see Australian Government personnel located here in Toowoomba specifically tasked to work with local people across the Darling Downs to the Queensland Border on this nation-building project.

“Currently we have two Regional Liaison Officers; and we expect the number of positions to increase as the Inland Rail progresses.”

Member for Wright Scott Buchholz said he was pleased with the commitment of ongoing consultation between the office and communities within his electorate.

“The office and the Regional Liaison Officers will work with the local communities for the future of the Inland Rail Project.”