Aussie steel walks the line for Inland Rail Project
AUSTRALIAN jobs are being secured with the Coalition Government signing a contract with Liberty OneSteel Whyalla Steelworks to supply steel rail to the iconic Inland Rail project, the Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said.
Mr Coulton said the Parkes to Narromine section of the Inland Rail will be the first to receive the Australian produced steel rail.
“Liberty OneSteel Whyalla Steelworks will soon start rolling the approximately 14,000 tonnes for the entire section,” he said.
“I am delighted to see the contract awarded, with the Inland Rail set to support rail freight movements for the next century.
“There will be many more opportunities for local businesses and job seekers in the Electorate of Parkes as progress continues, with Inland Rail supporting thousands of direct and indirect jobs at the peak of construction.
“The 1,700km line will better connect our farms, cities and ports to domestic and international markets and reduce supply chain costs. That includes farmers and freight operators in the Parkes region that shift goods to Asia and beyond.”
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the announcement was one of the most significant to date on the project, with Australian produced steel rail to provide a direct investment to the national economy and secure Australian jobs.
“This order is the first of approximately 262,000 tonnes of steel rail needed to build Inland Rail – which is equivalent to five Sydney Harbour Bridges,” Mr Chester said.
“The next section of this important project scheduled to receive the steel rail, after Parkes to Narromine, will be Narrabri to North Star.”
Inland Rail will complete the spine of the national freight network along the east coast, and allow a transit time between Melbourne and Brisbane of less than 24 hours.
The steel rail is 60 kilograms of steel per metre, which means it will accommodate the Inland Rail standard of double-stack trains up to 1,800m in length travelling at 115kph with up to 30 tonne axle load, which is what industry wants.
The NSW Department of Planning and Environment is currently considering ARTC’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and responses to public submissions received about the EIS.
The steel rail contract is worth up to $20 million and construction works will begin once all necessary approvals have been received.
For more information on Inland Rail, visit www.inlandrail.artc.com.au
Media Release: December 6, 2017
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