Media Release – 17 May 2017
APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR $150 MILLION FIXING COUNTRY RAIL
Member for Cootamundra Katrina Hodgkinson has announced applications are now open for the first round of Fixing Country Rail funding, which is targeted at improving freight movements across NSW.
“The $150 million provided for this first round is part of the $400 million Fixing Country Rail initiative, which will deliver a highly functional transport network across the state for moving freight in and out of regional areas, and will ease pressure on our local roads,” Katrina said.
Katrina is encouraging those across the regional freight industry to nominate Fixing Country Rail projects – including producers, councils, transporters, intermodal terminal operators and infrastructure managers.
“While Fixing Country Rail funding will only be allocated to rail asset owners and managers, input from the people who produce and move freight will be critical for ensuring we get the best ‘bang for buck’ with any upgrades,” Katrina said.
“It will fund infrastructure enhancements on the Country Regional Network, ARTC leased network and other rail assets owned by the NSW Government.
“It will also deliver rail upgrades such as rail sidings, passing loops, reinstating non-operational rail lines and track upgrades to enable increased axel weights.
Katrina said the program complements the highly successful Fixing Country Roads, which is all about improving freight movements between farms, key freight hubs like grain silos, saleyards, rail heads, supermarket distribution centres and depots.
Applications are open until 5pm, 14 July 2017. For more information, go to http://www.freight.transport.nsw.gov.au/strategy/projects/fixing-country-rail