Re­gional op­por­tu­ni­ties spring from in­land rail

The Western Star - - RURAL WEEKLY -

THE Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has an­nounced the de­vel­op­ment of a strate­gic plan­ning tool to support the Mel­bourne to Bris­bane In­land Rail, led by the Re­gional Aus­tralia In­sti­tute (RAI).

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter for In­fra­struc­ture and Trans­port Michael McCor­mack said the Are you Ready for In­land Rail? tool, would help re­gional Aus­tralians max­imise the ben­e­fits of In­land Rail.

“This tool will out­line the in­for­ma­tion re­gional com­mu­ni­ties need to con­sider to best pre­pare and take ad­van­tage of the long-term ben­e­fits of this cor­ri­dor of com­merce,” Mr McCor­mack said.

Min­is­ter for Fi­nance Mathias Cor­mann said the $9.3 bil­lion com­mit­ment by the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment to de­liver the In­land Rail will en­sure a fast rail link be­tween Mel­bourne and Bris­bane, adding more than $16 bil­lion to the Aus­tralian econ­omy.

“The In­land Rail de­liv­ers the in­fra­struc­ture re­quired to en­sure that Aus­tralia’s sup­ply chain re­mains com­pet­i­tive into the future,” Se­na­tor Cor­mann said.

“Not only does this pro­vide a long-term so­lu­tion for na­tional freight task, it pro­vides in­fra­struc­ture that will help to grow eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity through­out re­gional Aus­tralia.”

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OP­POR­TUNE CROSS­ROADS: Re­gional com­mu­ni­ties are urged to plan ahead for in­land rail eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties.

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