Inland Rail Office Opens in Toowoomba

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester has officially opened Toowoomba’s ‘one-stop shop’ for the Inland Rail project—a central hub for people to give feedback and get face-to-face information about Australia’s largest infrastructure project.

Inland rail 2Inland Rail is the planned, new 1700km freight rail line which will transform the spine of the national freight rail network. It will see freight delivered from Melbourne to Brisbane, via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, in less than 24 hours.

Mr Chester also met with members of the Yelarbon to Gowrie Project Reference Group to hear their views on the conduct of the alignment review.

“Chair Bruce Wilson and members of the Project Reference Group are doing a great job in working with the community, which is critical to delivering the Inland Rail Project.”

“I’m told the community drop-in sessions held throughout the study area last week have really added to the Group’s understanding of community views on the project.”

“I look forward to Mr Wilson’s independent report on the transparency of the alignment review, and what further work may be needed to give the community confidence in the planning process.”

Queensland will be the biggest state beneficiary of Inland Rail, with the benefit to Gross State Product modelled at $7.3 billion during construction and the first 50 years of its operation.

Anyone seeking more information on Inland Rail can visit ARTC’s Toowoomba office 65-67 Neil St Toowoomba.

The office is open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Appointments with the ARTC Community Engagement team members can be made by calling 1800 732 761 or email [email protected]

More information on the Inland Rail project is available at https://inlandrail.artc.com.au/