Helping regions be ready for inland rail

The Government has announced the development of a strategic planning tool called ‘Are you Ready for Inland Rail?’. This tool is designed to support the development of the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail project and is being led by the Regional Australia Institute (RAI).

“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,” Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said.

Minister for Regional Development John McVeigh said the Inland Rail Regional Liaison Offices will work with communities utilising the tool to take advantage of long term benefits for regions.

“Staff from the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities will be working with businesses and communities along the alignment to understand how they can make the most of this major investment in freight infrastructure,” Dr McVeigh said.

Regional Australia Institute CEO Jack Archer said for those regions along the Inland Rail route, being able to capitalise on the benefits it will bring is dependent on having a well planned and executed strategic plan.

The ‘Are You Ready for Inland Rail’ strategic planning tool will be available from September 2018.