The Federal Government has committed $35.2 million towards the $44 million Moree Intermodal Overpass Project in New South Wales.
“This new overpass will improve supply-chain efficiency for local communities, better connecting the Newell Highway and the Inland Rail to make it a smoother route for freight, ensuring that goods get to ports and markets more quickly,” said Michael McCormack, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development.
Works on the Moree Intermodal Overpass will also see connections to the Newell Highway to the West and the Bullus Drive to the east.
“This project is a significant step to ensure Moree’s future as the freight hub of the North West and is a big win for Moree Plains Shire Council,” said Mark Coulton, Federal Member for Parkes. “Inland Rail is a catalyst for growth in the regions, and we are backing projects that will leverage the long-term benefits of Inland Rail to attract new businesses to regional Australia.”
The Moree Plains Shire Council will also commit $550,000 towards the overpass in partnership with the federal government and Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC).
This comes as part of the Australia Governments $4.6 billion investment into the Roads of Strategic Importance initiative (ROSI) aimed at linking regional communities through connecting regional businesses with local and international markets.
The Australian Government has already committed $300 million towards the NSW regions of Toowomba to the Seymour Corridor.
“This funding ensures the Toowoomba to Seymour corridor continues contributing to the competitiveness of Australia’s agriculture and mining sectors by opening up access to essential freight networks in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria,” said Scott Buchholz, Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport.
“Delivering more efficient freight connections ensures that not only truck drivers are safer on our roads but motorists too.”