Residents of the northwest are encouraged to take up work on the Narrabri to North Star section of the transformational Inland Rail project.
NSW Nationals Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said that construction of Inland Rail from Narrabri to North Star was bringing significant benefits to the region.
“We’re now in an exciting time. As major construction activity gains momentum in the region over the coming months, there are opportunities for local businesses and individuals to take action and get involved.” Mr Coulton said.
“Inland Rail is more than a 1700-kilometre rail line – it is establishing a corridor of commerce that offers social and economic prospects for regional Australia.
“More than 500 people are expected to directly work on the construction of Inland Rail from Narromine to North Star – many of these roles will be filled by locals who have the opportunity to deliver a major piece of infrastructure that will provide long-term benefits for our region.”
Australian Rail Track Corporation Inland Rail Chief Executive Officer Richard Wankmuller said the use of local suppliers was front of mind for ARTC.
“There will be many more opportunities as Inland Rail progresses, so we encourage local businesses of all shapes and sizes to submit their interest,” Mr Wankmuller said.
“We need the right people and businesses to be involved to deliver the work on-time, on-budget and with minimal disruption.
“If you are a company, a partnership or a sole trader and you think you have a service that could benefit us, it is crucial that we hear from you.”
A work-ready program will be rolled out in the coming months and consists of rail industry training, a range of general civil construction units and site exposure to ensure participants receive a strong introduction to the construction industry.