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 Former 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

Contract awarded for major South Australian rail upgrade

Media Release


13 December 2017

Joint release with:

Rowan Ramsey

Federal Member for Grey

  • Multi-million-dollar contract for Adelaide-Tarcoola upgrade awarded to John Holland
  • Project to provide up to 130 jobs and faster freight trains to Perth, helping Australian industry compete on the global stage

A multi-million-dollar contract has been awarded to John Holland to install new rail and deliver other upgrade works between Adelaide and Tarcoola in a project set to create up to 130 new jobs across South Australia.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Australian Government-funded Adelaide-Tarcoola Rail Upgrade Acceleration Project would be a boost for regions between Adelaide, Whyalla, Port Augusta and Tarcoola.

“Local businesses and suppliers will reap the flow-on benefits of this multi-million dollar rail investment, with the project already having helped secure additional steel volumes at the Whyalla steel mill, creating dozens of jobs—and more on the way,” Mr Chester said.

“This is an upgrade that will boost freight rail performance between Australia's eastern and western states, boosting productivity, jobs and confidence in local communities across South Australia in particular. It will allow faster and heavier trains to operate between Adelaide and Perth.

“More than half of the required 72,000 tonnes of Whyalla-made steel has now been delivered via rail to various worksites along the track.”

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said the announcement came after the Port Augusta and Eyre Peninsula region celebrated the centenary of the famous Trans-Australian Railway in October.

“This year we celebrate the joining of the rails that occurred on 17 October 1917, connecting Western Australia by rail with the rest of the country and the Adelaide—Tarcoola re-railing upgrade will continue that legacy of investment in the Trans-Australian Railway,” Mr Ramsey said.

“This project will allow faster and heavier trains to safely traverse the country, which will see product get to market quicker and more efficiently, keeping our farmers and exporters competitive on the global stage.”

Project works started in mid-2017 and are due for completion by mid-2019. The Australian Government is fully funding the $252 million Adelaide-Tarcoola Rail Upgrade Acceleration project.