Joint Media Release

Key Queensland Inland Rail section declared Coordinated Project

MC 15/18

Senator the Hon. Mathias Cormann
Minister for Finance
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Senator for Western Australia

Michael McCormack MP
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

Federal Member for Riverina

Dr John McVeigh MP
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Goverment
Federal Member for Groom

19 March 2018

The iconic Inland Rail project is building momentum in Queensland with the State’s Coordinator-General declaring the section between the New South Wales and Queensland border and Gowrie as a ‘Coordinated Project’. 

The Coalition Government committed an additional $8.4 billion in the 2017-18 Federal Budget toward Inland Rail, continuing our commitment to deliver this major job creator for regional Australians.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the announcement was an important step for the key Queensland link.

“With this declaration the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) will start the environmental impact assessment phase, involving detailed environmental studies and community consultation,” Mr McCormack said.

“Inland Rail in Queensland will be dual gauge and will enable agricultural and bulk freight from south-east Queensland to travel to market faster and at a lower cost.”

Federal Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann said Inland Rail would open up a new freight option for southern Queensland, improving efficiency and competitiveness for producers.

“Inland Rail is set to boost economic development and investment, including in regional Queensland and will return $16 billion to the national economy during the delivery phase and into operation,” Mr Cormann said.

Federal Member for Groom John McVeigh said the community's input had been essential in getting this project underway and he was looking forward to seeing how their views would shape the project.

“ARTC will continue to work closely with residents, industry, Councils and stakeholders to ensure the community's voice is heard, with a number of formal and informal opportunities for locals to have their say during this phase,” Dr McVeigh said.

“This project is big news for southern and regional Queensland returning $7.3 billion to the Queensland economy and I am keen to see how the community can take advantage of this transformational project.”

Construction on the Border to Gowrie project will start once all necessary approvals have been received. For more information on the project, including visit www.inlandrail.com.au.

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Media Contact(s): 

For Mr McCormack: Isaac Jeffrey 0408 072 809
For Dr McVeigh: Sophie Rogers 0429 920 254
For Mr Cormann: Karen Wu 0428 350 139

Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann, Minister for Finance and the Public Service, Perth