ARTC Inland Rail holds successful Moree event

Local and Indigenous businesses in and around Moree have learned more about the upcoming Inland Rail project at a ‘Meet the Preferred Contractor’ event held on 9 February.

Moree grain silos

The preferred contractor for the Narrabri to North Star (N2NS) Phase 2 project, Laing O’Rourke, attended the event hosted by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC).

More than 60 locals attended the event, which received positive feedback.

The event proved to be a great opportunity for local businesses to engage with the Inland Rail program as they progress towards the next phase of construction in the region.

Meet the Preferred Contractor events are intended to ensure local and Indigenous business understand about the opportunities available with the project.

Visit the Narrabri to North Star Phase 2 project section for more information.

An Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) spokesperson said:

‘ARTC Inland Rail and our preferred contractor for Narrabri to North Star (N2NS) Phase 2, Laing O’Rourke, held a very successful networking event at the Moree Services Club on Thursday.

‘62 attendees from a range of local and Indigenous businesses and companies attended the event, giving them the chance to meet representatives from the preferred contractor and engage with the Inland Rail program.

‘Businesses in the region are excited by the ongoing opportunities Inland Rail offers, and the sentiment at the event was they are excited about what Inland Rail will continue to bring to the region in terms of jobs and economic growth.

‘Inland Rail is being predominantly delivered in regional Australia, meaning there is a prime opportunity for regional Australia to reap the immediate benefits that come with construction.

‘Local communities and businesses are already seeing the benefits of Inland Rail through Phase 1 of the Narrabri to North Star Inland Rail project.

‘As of December 2022, more than 668 local residents had worked on Inland Rail and more than $224 million had been spent with local businesses and suppliers.

‘The relationships we establish with communities and businesses now will help prepare regions for the long-term economic opportunities that come with connectivity to this fast, efficient and cost-competitive freight transport.’