ARTC proposes Inland Rail material distribution centre

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has proposed a multi-million-dollar material distribution centre in Narromine as part of the Inland Rail project.

Planning and investigations are underway for the facility which will service the future installation of ballast, sleepers, rail and turnouts along the 1700-kilometre Inland Rail alignment.

ARTC Inland Rail interim Chief Executive Rebecca Pickering said Narromine has been selected as the preferred location for the southern material distribution centre due to its prominence and locality along the Inland Rail alignment.

“Narromine is a significant location for the Inland Rail as it is the staging point for the largest greenfield section of the project between Narromine and Narrabri,” she said.

“It is hoped that the development of the facility will generate opportunities for jobs and suppliers of goods and services in the area.

“In addition to storing materials, we would also set up site offices which will generate long-lasting employment opportunities.”

Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the proposed distribution centre in Narromine is a great win for the local community.

“We’re already seeing the enormous benefits Inland Rail is bringing to communities along the Narrabri to North Star section, and now it’s Narromine’s turn to reap the rewards,” Coulton said.

“This distribution centre will create a boom for the local economy, providing opportunities for local people and businesses to be involved in this once-in-a-generation project.

“Inland Rail will support 7500 jobs in New South Wales at the peak of construction and boost Gross State Product by $3.4 billion over construction and the first 50 years of operation.

“Once complete, the Melbourne to Brisbane line will provide connection to a network of roads and rail that can increase the resilience of local supply chains and enhance capacity for regional businesses to access new markets for generations to come.”

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