Moree businesses set to learn about upcoming Inland Rail work

Local and First Nations businesses in Moree will have a chance to learn more about upcoming opportunities to supply for Inland Rail at a ‘Meet the Preferred Contractor’ event next week.

Construction works on the Narrabri to North star project

The event, hosted by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) and attended by Narrabri to North Star (N2NS) Phase 2 preferred contractor Laing O’Rourke, will be held on Thursday, 9 February 2023 between 4:30-6:00pm at the Moree Services Club, 3 Albert Street, Moree.

ARTC Inland Rail is providing this opportunity for local businesses to engage with the Inland Rail program so they understand supply opportunities available with the project.

Phase 2 of N2NS is now progressing through its Environmental Impact Statement approvals process, having been on public exhibition in late 2022.

The project, which is expected to start construction in 2025, involves upgrading approximately 13km of existing track and building roughly 2km of new track across the Mehi-Gwydir floodplain at Camurra, north of Moree.

For more information on the event – please visit our events page. Registration is essential.

Inland Rail Delivery Director (Central) Heather Parry said:

‘ARTC has invited local businesses who are keen to be involved in upcoming Inland Rail works to join us at this information and networking event. You’ll meet our preferred contractor Laing O’Rourke and learn about the types of goods and services that will be required for N2NS Phase 2.

‘While there has been a lot of interest in the Moree event, businesses still have an opportunity to register their
interest in attending.

‘If you are joining us make sure you have a current and accurate business capability statement, and a 30-second ‘elevator pitch’ describing what your business does, where it is located and previous clients.

‘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 project. As of October 2022, more than 660 local residents had worked on Inland Rail and more than $209 million had been spent with local businesses and suppliers.

‘We’re mindful that significant investment into regional economies can reshape them in a short period of time and we’re motivated to ensure benefits flow directly to the communities along the Inland Rail alignment.”

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