Effective Project Management & Engagement
The Inland Rail project will be delivered by the Australian Government through the ARTC. Building on the Government’s $9 billion equity investment, the Government will utilise an innovative Public Private Partnership (PPP) funding arrangement to deliver the remaining funding required to complete the project.
A PPP will be set up in 2017-18, which will see three Queensland projects - Gowrie to Helidon, Helidon to Calvert and Calvert to Kagaru amalgamated into one project and constructed under the PPP arrangement
This funding approach will enable the Government to leverage private sector expertise in the design, financing, build and maintenance of the most technically complex section–Toowoomba to Kagaru (Brisbane)–which includes the construction of approximately 8.9 kilometres of tunnels through the Toowoomba Range.
The funding approach was subject to extensive market testing and will help better manage risk and drive value for taxpayers in delivering this nationally significant project. In 2016/2017 key contractors were named for the delivery of the three Queensland projects and include Clayton Utz, Aquenta Consulting and Arup/SMEC joint venture. In February 2018 the ARTC awarded technical and approval consultancy services contracts to the value of $31.5 million for the amalgamated three projects between Brisbane and Toowoomba.
While monthly project meetings with PPP partners, contractors, collaborators and end users are helping to ensure seamless delivery of the complex project and consistency across all 13 projects, the ARTC has further worked to engage local communities throughout the design and delivery phases to ensure long-term success.
Having identified engaging and effectively communicating with stakeholders as critical to the successful delivery of Inland Rail, the ARTC has developed a comprehensive stakeholder engagement and communication strategy which, since 2016, includes holding over 1200 stakeholder meetings.
The most important consultation to date undertaken by the ARTC has been with industry, customers and end users that led to the development of the Inland Rail service offering. Key stakeholder groups have shown sustained positive interest in Inland Rail, acknowledging it as a vital piece of infrastructure to reduce freight transit times and congestion, and create competition in the logistics supply chain.
The ARTC’s communication and engagement activities in the immediate future are planned to focus on working with key stakeholders to inform early refinement of the greenfield alignment for the Gowrie to Kagaru section of the project in Queensland, and will further focus on community engagement in the New South Wales town of Parkes, which is uniquely positioned in the Australian freight network at the intersection of the Sydney-Perth, Melbourne-Brisbane railway lines, and the Newell Highway. As such Parkes is the site of the first of the 13 Inland Rail projects to commence works.
If you’re interested in learning more about Inland Rail delving into insights from the ARTC about PPP tender management, stakeholder engagement and project management strategies, then join us at the Inland Rail Summit 2018.
The event, held in Brisbane on the 28th – 29th May brings together over 15 freight rail experts from the likes of Pacific National, Port of Melbourne, InterLinkSQ, Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator and Lockyer Valley Regional Council.
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- ABC, Tension on the Track, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-10/inland-rail-can-the-freight-line-truly-be-nation-building/8881334
- ARTC, FAQs, https://inlandrail.artc.com.au/faqs/faqs
- ARTC, Key Facts, https://inlandrail.artc.com.au/keyfacts
- ARTC, Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Business Case, https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/ehq-production-australia/5de589db79424a8f1344e2e42e171fc205104b99/documents/attachments/000/029/855/original/InlandRailBusinessCase.pdf?1448785278
- Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail, https://infrastructure.gov.au/rail/inland/
- Australian Financial Review, Why the Inland Rail project will never add up, http://www.afr.com/opinion/columnists/why-the-inland-rail-project-will-never-add-up-20180221-h0wf9m