MIL-OSI Australia: New era for water infrastructure: applications open for $500 million in funding

Source: Australian Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure Regional Development and Cities

Media Release

MM013/2019

18 January 2019

State and territory governments are urged to apply for a share of $500 million for new water infrastructure projects, which have the potential to transform regional communities and economies.

Applications will open on 21 January 2019 under the expanded capital component of the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Fund was expanded to co-invest in even more projects to further enhance water security and unlock regional Australia’s huge social and economic potential.

“The Liberal and Nationals Government knows water is our greatest resource and if our regions have access to more secure water supplies our towns can prosper and our agricultural industries can thrive,” Mr McCormack said.

“That is why this Government is investing in water infrastructure, heralding a new era for our regional communities and our regional economies.

“We are not afraid to put our regional communities first and deliver the water infrastructure they expect and deserve.

“It is now absolutely essential for state and territory governments to get on board to ensure these transformational projects can be delivered.”

The Liberal and Nationals Government’s investment under this Fund now totals more than $1.3 billion.

This investment can help state and territory governments and their project partners to deliver major water infrastructure projects which will increase water reliability and security for farmers, businesses and regional communities.

Expressions of Interest will be accepted continuously until all funds are committed.

Information, guidelines and related forms are available at infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure/water-infrastructure/nwi-development-fund.

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MIL-OSI Australia: South Hobart Football scores $1 million goal

Source: Australian Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure Regional Development and Cities

Media Release

MM012/2019

18 January 2019

The Liberal and Nationals’ Government has today committed $1 million to help fund facility upgrades for one of the oldest football clubs in Australia—The South Hobart Football Club.  

The club has grown significantly since it’s first game back in May 1910 and last year the club fielded 34 teams across a variety of ages competing in local and state-wide Premier League competitions.

This project will include the construction of a new multi-purpose pavillion to house a range of social activies, new facilities for home and visiting teams, all whilst making the amenities more female friendly. New dugouts would be created for the players, medical staff and coaches as well as the installation of match quality lighting to enable the grounds to be utlised for evening matches.  

Investments such as this build stronger rural communities and make the regions an even better place to live, work and raise a family.

This project will create jobs, boost the local economy and help the community to thrive, prosper and grow.

Source: Australian Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure Regional Development and Cities

Media Release

MM012/2019

18 January 2019

The Liberal and Nationals’ Government has today committed $1 million to help fund facility upgrades for one of the oldest football clubs in Australia—The South Hobart Football Club.  

The club has grown significantly since it’s first game back in May 1910 and last year the club fielded 34 teams across a variety of ages competing in local and state-wide Premier League competitions.

This project will include the construction of a new multi-purpose pavillion to house a range of social activies, new facilities for home and visiting teams, all whilst making the amenities more female friendly. New dugouts would be created for the players, medical staff and coaches as well as the installation of match quality lighting to enable the grounds to be utlised for evening matches.  

Investments such as this build stronger rural communities and make the regions an even better place to live, work and raise a family.

This project will create jobs, boost the local economy and help the community to thrive, prosper and grow.

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MIL-OSI Australia: Landholders to share Inland Rail’s economic gains

Source: Australian Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure Regional Development and Cities

Media Release

MM009/2019

17 January 2019

Joint release with:

Senator The Hon Mathias Cormann

Minister for Finance and the Public Service

The Hon Mark Coulton MP

Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment

Farmers and other landholders have an opportunity to share in the broader economic benefits of the Inland Rail’s construction, by supplying suitable materials direct from borrow pits and quarries.

Landowners located near the proposed Narromine to Narrabri segment of the Inland Rail line in Central West New South Wales are being encouraged to register their interest with the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) to supply suitable building materials such as rock, gravel and soil.

The ARTC will pay an extraction fee per tonne to local landholders for supplying the right materials – according to required quality specifications and subject to testing – and the ARTC will also rehabilitate the borrow pits and cover them with topsoil.

The locally supplied products will be used to build rail embankments as part of rolling-out the transformational and nation-building 1700 kilometre Brisbane to Melbourne Inland Rail project.

This initiative is being led by the ARTC and is supported by the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government, which is already delivering the $9.3 billion for the Inland Rail, to reduce freight costs for farmers and move product more efficiently into growing domestic and international markets.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack turned the first official sod to launch the Inland Rail’s construction at Parkes in Central- West New South Wales last December and welcomed the local supply initiative.

“It is estimated that the Narromine to Narrabri segment of the Inland Rail project will need to import in excess of 3 million cubic metres of fill material, or the equivalent of about 1,200 Olympic-sized swimming pools,” Mr McCormack said.

“This provides an excellent opportunity for local landholders to experience the shared benefits of the Inland Rail, even before the 1700km track is completed and carrying double-stacked trains to move more produce into domestic and international markets, at a lower freight cost.”

Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann said this local supply opportunity was another example of the Inland Rail project delivering tangible economic benefits.

“Inland Rail will drive significant investment in regional communities through the creation of around 16,000 direct and indirect jobs and a $16 billion contribution to the national economy,” Senator Cormann said.

“Giving local landholders an opportunity to supply materials to build the Narromine to Narrabri segment of the Inland Rail line in Central West NSW is another example of the Liberal and Nationals Government delivering real economic outcomes, through this project.”

Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Mark Coulton said the supply opportunity is a good news story for local landholders, offering a boost for economic growth in his electorate of
Parkes.

“As this section of the Inland Rail project progresses, local opportunities with shared economic benefits will become available,” Mr Coulton said.

“This will include tendering for plant and geotechnical equipment; mobile camps; concrete supply services; fencing; earthmoving; drainage; electrical works; concrete works; security; and water bore drilling.

“While others have talked about the Inland Rail for decades, the Liberal and Nationals Government is getting on with the job of delivering this nation-building infrastructure.”

Inland Rail Narromine to Narrabri Project Director Duncan Mitchell said materials will need testing to confirm their suitability for supply, which will require geotechnical work and appropriate permission from landowners.

“The ARTC will review all submissions and contact landowners to discuss the next steps and answer any questions related to investigations,” Mr Mitchell said.

“This is just the start of the kinds of opportunities people will see from Inland Rail in the area and we want as many people as possible to get in touch to let us know what they have.”

Local landholders can register their interest with the ARTC to supply materials – registrations are due to close on 28 January 2019.

The ideal location of borrow pits containing suitable general fill material must be within 25 kilometres of the Narromine to Narrabri study area.

Competent rock – which can be used to produce ballast rock – will also be considered, from sites located up to 50km from the study area.

To register interest for supplying materials from borrow pits and quarries for the Narromine to Narrabri segment of the Inland Rail line and for more information visit: https://inlandrail.artc.com.au/n2n-borrow-pit-registration.

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