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

First Inland Rail tender awarded

Media Release


03 July 2015

GHD has been awarded the tender to provide environmental and engineering consultancy on the first stages of Australia's iconic Brisbane-to-Melbourne Inland Rail project.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the appointment of GHD was a clear demonstration that real progress is being made to boost productivity along the country's fastest growing freight corridor.

“The Australian Government has committed $300 million to commence work on the Inland Rail project to create jobs, achieve productivity gains and stimulate economic growth for the future prosperity of Australia, especially the regions,” Mr Truss said.

“These first tenders will provide vital input to planning of some of the key segments of the Parkes to Narromine and Narrabri to North Star sections of the Inland Rail project.

“Inland Rail will transform freight movements through south east Queensland, across regional New South Wales and rural Victoria, linking with the existing national network to move produce around the nation more efficiently.

“With Australia's freight task set to treble along the eastern seaboard, Inland Rail is a crucial project for meeting the demand for a road-competitive freight rail service and take 190,000 trucks off the road each year.

“Applications for provision of community engagement services for the Inland Rail in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland are currently under review, with further tender opportunities to be announced over coming months.

“We're getting on with the job of delivering world-class infrastructure that secures Australia's transport needs to drive national productivity for generations to come.”

More information about the Inland Rail project is available at