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

Inland Rail on the move between Toowoomba and Brisbane

Media Release

BJ019/2018

09 February 2018

Joint release with:

Mathias Cormann

Minister for Finance

The Government is continuing to progress the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail, with contracts awarded for feasibility design work on the four projects between Brisbane and Toowoomba.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Barnaby Joyce said the contracts, with a total value of $31.5 million, would lay the groundwork for future detailed design works.

“Inland Rail is going to be a catalyst for significant development, investment and innovation in regional Australia, with Queensland set to see more than $7.2 billion in economic benefits flowing from its construction and operation,” Mr Joyce said.

“This project is a game-changer for our regions, creating thousands of jobs nationwide, and returning $16 billion to the national economy during the delivery phase and the first 50 years of operation.

“More importantly, Inland Rail will draw investment into communities along its corridor, as we gear up for construction work to start on sections in New South Wales as early as May.”

Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann said the feasibility design contracts for the three projects between Gowrie and Kagaru were awarded to Future Freight Joint Venture at a combined value of $28 million.

“A second feasibility design contract for $3.5 million has also been awarded to Hatch Pty Ltd for the Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton project,” Senator Cormann said.

“There is plenty of community interest in the design of Inland Rail. As these feasibility designs progress, more detail will become available, including what engineering solutions could be used, building on preliminary investigations and community engagement already carried out by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC).”

The Government committed an additional $8.4 billion to Inland Rail in the 2017-18 Budget. More information about the Inland Rail project is available at www.inlandrail.com.au.