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Inland Rail is a Unique Opportunity for Local Businesses

Works on the 186Km Narrabri to North Star section of the Inland Rail, which will pass through Gwydir, Narrabri and Moree Plains Shires, is set to commence in the coming months.

“As we near construction on the next section of the project, benefits are going to flow via local industry and supplier participation, employment and workforce development in communities surrounding the Narrabri to North Star section – including at Narrabri and Moree in my electorate,” said Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton. “On the first section of Inland Rail between Parkes and Narromine, we saw more than $100 million spent with local businesses and nearly 700 locals work on the project. There were 99 local businesses that supplied goods to the project in some form.”

“Inland Rail will continue to make meaningful contributions to towns along the alignment and I’m thrilled that regional centres like Narrabri and Moree are set to be the next hosts for the project. Inland Rail wants to work with these communities to make sure the advantages are felt locally. I know there is excitement building in the N2NS section as we move towards construction later this year, and local companies and workers are preparing themselves to be ready to hit the ground running.”

“Inland Rail is a project that creates opportunity and jobs in the short, medium and long-term – with the local jobs created in supply contracts like the rail and sleepers, the future jobs and investment during construction, and the enduring benefits that will come from the enhancement and expansion of regional supply chains. This is the type of investment, jobs and future infrastructure our country needs, at the time we need it most.”

Being part of the construction of the inland rail is a unique opportunity for businesses in our region. Businesses interested in supplying to the project as subcontractors, suppliers and equipment providers are encouraged to register their interest. The work packages include a variety of services including, but not limited to, construction, surveying, artwork, electrical, plumbing and cleaning as well as goods. Full details on the ROI process and the work packages is available at on the ICN Gateway.

350 workers with the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) will soon be transitioning to life in our region. With most of the workforce to be located in Moree, this week the Moree Plains Council met with local accommodation providers for housing arrangements for the influx of workers. “The project itself is going to be a massive boost to the Moree Plains economy and the flow-on benefits from hosting such a large workforce right here in Moree cannot be underestimated.“ said General Manager, Lester Rodgers.

Further information about the Narrabri to North Star section of the Inland Rail is available on the Inland Rail website.

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