Tuesday 20th Oct, 2020

Inland Rail office opened in Moree

The Australian Rail Track Corporation has appointed a company to enhance project governance and support decision making for the $10 billion Inland Rail project.

A new link between the Federal Government and locals has been established with the opening of the Inland Rail Moree Office and appointment of the first Inland Rail Regional Liaison Officer.

The Moree office covers Inland Rail from Narrabri in New South Wales to the Queensland border and aims to help locals identify and connect to the benefits of Inland Rail.

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development also appointed long-time local resident Angela Doering to be based in the office to assist local businesses and communities along the alignment.

Deputy Prime Minister and Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Minister Michael McCormack said the office would provide a greater link between community and Government.

“Inland Rail is expected to support 5,000 jobs in New South Wales and provide a boost of more than $2.5 billion to the state economy, so it’s vital that we have specialist expertise working with businesses and local communities to connect people to these benefits,” McCormack said.

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“This office will provide the opportunity for Moree and surrounding communities to talk directly to Government about regional development outcomes and economic opportunities available ahead of the construction of the next section of Inland Rail – the Narrabri to North Star (N2NS).”

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann welcomed the opening of the Moree Office as further evidence of the Government’s commitment to building economic resilience in regional Australia.

“Investing in our national freight network will improve connections between our regional communities and important domestic and international markets, ensuring our producers and manufacturers remain globally competitive,” Cormann said.

Member for Parkes and Regional Services, Decentralisation and Local Government Minister Mark Coulton said Moree and the surrounding region is uniquely positioned to drive future freight productivity through road and rail connections to Inland Rail.

“Moree is already one of the highest producing agricultural shires in Australia, Narrabri has just successfully launched its Inland Port concept and Gwydir has real aspirations about benefiting from Inland Rail,” Coulton said.

“I’m thrilled that local resident Angela Doering has been appointed to the Moree office and will be on the ground to support the implementation of Australian Government programs such as the Inland Rail Interface Improvement Program and expansion of the CSIRO’s Inland Rail TraNSIT study to model potential Inland Rail cost savings.

“No one knows regional towns like the people who live there. It is this local knowledge, the connection to community and the deep understanding of regional strengths and challenges that will improve the delivery of Government services and programs like Inland Rail.”