Manager Communications and Cultural Services - Gunnedah Shire Council
Consultations commence on Inland Rail proposal

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.

Manager Communications and Cultural Services - Gunnedah Shire Council
GUNNEDAH BRIDGE IN FAST LANE TO AXE FREIGHT PINCHPOINT

Motorists will be enjoying trips across the new Gunnedah Bridge sooner than expected, with the project to improve road safety and freight connectivity expected to open to traffic before Christmas.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said work on the new 195-metre-long bridge was powering ahead, with work on the bridge deck nearing completion.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the bridge has already been a big boost for the local economy, creating about 60 jobs.
“The next step will be for the community to decide on a name and submissions for this will be called shortly,” Mr Anderson said.
“The community and local stakeholders will be asked to suggest names, with Transport for NSW working with Gunnedah Shire Council to review submissions before selecting the preferred name.
“The community will be given directions in the coming weeks on how to provide suggested names for the new bridge.”
Final finishing works, including the closure of the rail level crossing, remain on track to be complete in early 2021, weather permitting.