The Nationals in Government have established a “One-Stop-Shop” to boost jobs and training along the Inland Rail route.

Federal Nationals Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the Inland Rail would be a significant boost for country communities and the One-Stop-Shop would support the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) and its contractors to maximise the Inland Rail’s local benefits and act as a central point of advice for contractors to source local job-seekers and suppliers.

“This will provide opportunities for jobs and skills development,” Mr McCormack said.

“We are bringing together Federal, State and Local governments with the ARTC to maximise opportunities for local and Aboriginal employment and procurement during construction of Inland Rail.”

NSW Nationals Candidate for the Orange Electorate Yvette Quinn said she proud that Parkes was the hub for the nation-building project.

“It demonstrates the important role Parkes has to play, as a hub and cross point for the north to south and east to west rail, with the Parkes National Logistics Hub,” Ms Quinn said. “The Inland Rail project has been spoken about for decades and it is great to have construction under way.”

Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment and Member for Parkes Mark Coulton welcomed the announcement of the preferred construction contractor for the first section of Inland Rail and the One-Stop-Shop.

“Inland Rail will create opportunities not only during construction for regional NSW but also for farmers and regional business by making use of more efficient and reliable transport to markets throughout Australia and the world,” Mr Coulton said.

Mr Coulton said the ‘One-Stop-Shop’ would co-locate with the construction contractor as well as operating closely with the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities Inland Rail Regional Liaison Officers located in Dubbo.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion said the Nationals in Government were committed to increasing Aboriginal employment and business participation, particularly for economic opportunities created by the Government’s major investment in infrastructure projects like the $9.3 billion Inland Rail.

“Infrastructure is an area which can help with Aboriginal economic participation and Inland Rail will provide employment and business opportunities for Aboriginal people in regional Australia,” Senator Scullion said.

For more information visit www.infrastructure.gov.au/rail/inland, for updates on planning and construction visit www.inlandrail.artc.com.au