Paul Antonio
Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio

June 21, 2022

A summit to bring together all the stakeholders in the $14.5 billion Inland Rail project will be held in Toowoomba in September.

The event will be hosted by Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE).

Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio announced  the summit at the Australian Local Government Association conference being held in Canberra this week,

“The theme of this year’s ALGA 2022 National General Assembly is, ‘Partners in Progress’, and that’s why I came to our nation’s capital to seek counsel and expertise from all local governments along the alignment in a bid to leverage as much as we can from the Inland Rail to build prosperity across regional Australia,” Mayor Antonio said.

“I see great benefit in bringing together all councils, as well as industry across the alignment, to share insights and opportunities.

“Inland Rail is a complex project and one that needs the combined effort of local, State and Federal governments to be successful.

“I will also be approaching the new Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Catherine King, to invite her to play a central role in the Inland Rail Summit, as I believe this summit is of national significance.

“I have held talks with the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) and they have given me a commitment that they will support the event to the hilt. They see the advantages of having such a large body of stakeholders in the same room to address the issues around Inland Rail.”

TSBE CEO Ali Davenport said the Inland Rail Summit would establish a forum for collaboration among councils who were looking to create new economic opportunities and discuss opportunities to minimise impacts on local communities.

“There are 36 local government areas along the Inland Rail alignment and businesses and communities are looking for certainty so they can continue to plan and get on with delivering the jobs and economic growth this infrastructure will bring,” Ms Davenport said.

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