Three project proposals in Groom will be receiving expert technical support thanks to the second round of the Australian Government’s Inland Rail Interface Improvement Program (II Program).
Project proposals which will move forward under the II Program in Groom include:
- GrainCorp Ltd who will investigate upgrading their Brookstead rail siding.
- Pacific National to investigate the construction of an arrival road and a loading road (rail siding) at Toowoomba.
- Queensland Transport and Logistics Council to investigate the opportunities associated with transporting liquid hydrogen and compressed gaseous hydrogen by rail.
Local member for Groom Garth Hamilton congratulated the successful proponents and said the II Program would support local communities and industry to progress their big connectivity ideas.
“Through the II Program, the Australian Government is supporting these proponents to develop their ideas into robust businesses cases and feasibility studies that could attract further investment,” Mr Hamilton said.
“Producers in Toowoomba Region grow high quality produce enjoyed all across Australia – improving supply chains in and around the region will help our farmers and major exporters get their goods to market wherever that may be.
“The projects that are moving forward under the Program are those that could make a real difference to local communities – ones that improve our supply chains, better connect country rail lines to Inland Rail and have the potential to provide further opportunities for our region.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the II Program was a great way for local government, industry and regional communities to enhance supply chain productivity in their areas and realise the potential of Inland Rail.
“Inland Rail is sparking activity right along the alignment as people and regions explore new ways to connect to the line, work on construction and supply the project with materials and services,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“The successful proponents will now receive specialist support from EY to build business cases and undertake studies that test the merits and feasibility of each proposal.”
Finance Minister Simon Birmingham said Inland Rail would enhance Australia’s freight network and in doing so deliver significant benefits to the Australian economy.
“Inland Rail will connect Melbourne and Brisbane through regional Australia with the spine of a fast, reliable and efficient freight network,” Minister Birmingham said.
“The construction and operation of Inland Rail will deliver a boost of more than $18 billion to Gross Domestic Product during construction and its first 50 years of operation – the Australian Government is committed to enhancing the connections to this freight rail line to maximise these returns.”
Twenty project proposals from Round One are receiving expert support through the II Program and a further 15 project proposals so far were found eligible in Round Two.
The II Program does not provide or guarantee funding for projects; however, it enables local ideas to be developed for further investment consideration.
Find out more about the II Program and the successful proposals at https://www.inlandrail.gov.au/regional-development/interface-improvement-program