Nineteen initiatives were announced last week to improve the wellbeing of regional communities in which Inland Rail will operate. From new student laptops, events to break the cycle of isolation for farmers and bringing the magic of Dolly Parton to Narromine, Round three of the Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations program has seen more than $55,000 allocated to benefit schools, community groups and associations in regional communities across New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.
Inland Rail Director of Engagement, Environment and Property Rebecca Pickering said the program’s success along the whole rail corridor had provided a well-deserved funding boost to worthy initiatives which build community prosperity.
“Delivering Inland Rail is only possible in partnership with the communities in which we operate and supporting our communities’ sustainability is paramount.” According to Rebecca, “A key commitment of Inland Rail
is to leave a positive legacy along the rail corridor and the Community Sponsorships and Donations program is just one example of how we seek to ensure regional communities benefit from this unique project.”
So far, more than $180,000 has been allocated to a range of events, projects and community activities in different communities. In the third round, Forbes Public School P&C Association Inc. have been successful in their application for a grant to purchase five laptops for student classroom use. Additionally, Eugowra Rugby League Club were successful in gaining funding for grandstand seating at their Rugby League Club.
Local business could be in for a boost by registering their interest in the Inland Rail project. A regional supplier briefing will be held for local businesses on Tuesday, 4 February from 6pm–8pm at Forbes Services Memorial Club. Local business owners can register online at https://inlandrail.artc.com.au/S2P to attend the briefing and learn more about how to tender for work.