Consultations commence on Inland Rail proposal

Manager Economic Development - Gunnedah Shire Council

Gunnedah Shire Council is calling on local industry representatives to provide input for a proposed Intermodal Freight Terminal in Gunnedah.

Council has received funding from the $44 million Australian Government Interface Improvement Program to conduct a pre-feasibility study into a potential terminal at Gunnedah.

The pre-feasibility study will be conducted over the coming months and will assess a proposal to develop an intermodal freight terminal in Gunnedah that could maximise the long-term benefit of Inland Rail and enhance the region’s connection to the national freight rail network.

Mayor of Gunnedah Shire Cr Jamie Chaffey said the Gunnedah Shire is well positioned to benefit from opportunities generated by the Inland Rail.

“Inland Rail will help link producers to markets and create new opportunities for regional communities,” Cr Chaffey said.

“Gunnedah Shire Council has been working with the support of business case advisors appointed through the Inland Rail Interface Improvement Program to assess the feasibility of a Gunnedah Intermodal Freight Terminal.

“We believe the project will have significant benefits for our supply chain as well as value adding opportunities for a range of industries and producers.

“Council is assisting with the consultation phase of the study and we are eager for local businesses to participate as stakeholders in the planning process.”

Those interested in participating can contact Council’s Economic Development team on (02) 6740 2100 or council@infogunnedah.com.au.

For further information on Inland Rail and the Interface Improvement Program visit inlandrail.gov.au.

ENDS

Media contact: Eliza Gallen (02) 6740 2100.

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