Government expected to commit more than $1 billion to building inland rail – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The Federal Government is set to give the construction of an inland rail network a kick-along, with an allocation of more than $1 billion.

The Federal Government is set to give the construction of an inland rail network a kick-along, with an allocation of more than $1 billion.

Key points:

  • Inland rail network would link south-east Queensland with Perth, Adelaide
  • Construction due to start this year
  • Next month’s budget to reveal final funding figure

The ABC understands the money will be made available in next month’s budget, although the Cabinet’s expenditure review committee is yet to decide on a final figure.

Farmers and the freight industry have lobbied governments for decades to build the inland rail — a $10 billion direct line that would move goods from Brisbane to Melbourne in less than 24 hours.

It would also link south-east Queensland with Perth and Adelaide.

Source: Government expected to commit more than $1 billion to building inland rail – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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