The Federal Government has awarded the $6 million feasibility design contract for Inland Rail between Illabo and Stockinbingal in New South Wales.
Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann said the feasibility design contract was part of the Australian Government’s commitment to strengthen private sector investment in regional communities.
“New South Wales alone is set to see more than $2.6 billion in economic benefits flowing from the Inland Rail’s construction and operation, with $16 billion nationwide,” Mr. Cormann said.
“This phase is highly detailed, taking up to two years to complete, and forms a crucial part of identifying engineering solutions for the route.
“The investigations undertaken will provide the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) with information about local geography, hydrology, flora and fauna, as well as air quality, noise and social factors to inform the feasibility design of the route.”
According to the Federal Government, construction works on the Illabo to Stockinbingal project will not commence until all necessary approvals have been received.