Inland Rail to hold First Nations information session in Wagga

Inland Rail will be holding an information session at the Rules Club Wagga Wagga on Wednesday 30th November from 1PM-3PM to enable First Nations community members to learn more about the Albury to Illabo (A2I) Inland Rail project.

Railway bridge over Oura Road, New South Wales

The First Nations information sessions will be an opportunity for local First Nations community members to meet the Inland Rail Stakeholder Engagement and Social Performance teams and talk about the ways they can get involved with Inland Rail.

Inland Rail will shortly be launching a range of training and employment opportunities associated with the A2I project and First Nations community members will have the chance to learn more about these at the information session.

First Nations community members can register for this event by emailing their interest to

Inland Rail is committed to creating meaningful opportunities that deliver lasting benefits for First Nations people and has already spent some $14 million with businesses owned by First Nations people.

On the completed Parkes to Narromine section the project employed more than 300 First Nations workers with a similar number employed on the ongoing Narrabri to North Star section of the project.

In addition, the Inland Rail Skills Academy is delivering a number of training courses to communities along the alignment, helping First Nations people gain the experience and qualifications they need to gain employment.

An ARTC Inland Rail spokesperson said:

“Our Indigenous Participation Plan outlines ARTC’s goals for Indigenous participation and how we work with Indigenous communities to share in the benefits that Inland Rail will bring to Australia.

“Many of Inland Rail’s Indigenous communities have a long and proud association with Australia’s railways and in building Inland Rail we want to create opportunities that will support a new generation of Indigenous Australians in the rail industry, providing lasting benefits to their communities.

“Inland Rail is committed to supporting Indigenous businesses to ensure they are prepared for and provided with opportunities to participate in Inland Rail.

“As part of that commitment Inland Rail ensures Indigenous participation is included as a key element of all tender assessments and we include Indigenous participation targets in our contracts and work with contractors to achieve agreed outcomes .”