The Inland Rail offices have now opened in Toowoomba, Dubbo and Albury-Wodonga along the 1700 kilometre project.
“This project will create thousands of jobs and return $16 billion to the economy during the delivery phase and the first 50 years of operation,” Mr McCormack said.
“Inland Rail is about creating new growth opportunities for regional communities, and creating expanded career pathways for people living in regional Australia. As a regional MP, I am proud to see the Government delivering on our commitment to build this vital corridor of commerce,” he said.
Minister for Regional Development John McVeigh said the appointment of Regional Liaison Officers based in Toowoomba would help businesses and communities in the region capitalise on the economic and social opportunities of the project.
“Staff from the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities are now in Toowoomba to work with local stakeholders to maximise procurement and employment opportunities, as well as preparing industries and regions to take advantage of opportunities arising from the operation of Inland Rail,” Dr McVeigh said.
“I am very pleased to see Australian Government personnel located here in Toowoomba specifically tasked to work with local people across the Darling Downs to the Queensland Border on this nation-building project.
“Currently we have two Regional Liaison Officers; and we expect the number of positions to increase as the Inland Rail progresses.”