Forbes businesses keen to hear about opportunities from Inland Rail

Thursday 13 May 2021

On Wednesday 28 April 2021 more than 100 businesses attended the Forbes Shire Council contractor information night to hear about the commercial and employment opportunities from infrastructure projects such as Inland Rail.

Working with Forbes Shire Council and Transport for New South Wales (NSW), Elisha Bailey and Minna Demetriou – Regional Liaison Officers (RLOs) from our Dubbo Office – were a driving force in establishing this information night, which connected local businesses, governments and communities with major infrastructure planning and delivery partners.

Forbes Shire Council Economic Development officer Emma Ridley said “the excitement and buzz in the room, from attendees to stakeholders, highlights the positive shift in regional NSW and that Forbes is a part of this.”

Heath Martin, ARTC Stakeholder Engagement Lead – NSW gave a presentation on Inland Rail and provided updates on specific projects happening in southern NSW including Albury to Illabo (A2I), Illabo to Stockinbingal (I2S) and Stockinbingal to Parkes (S2P).

Our RLO’s play a vital role in connecting Australian businesses and communities with the opportunities that come from major infrastructure projects including Inland Rail. Other major infrastructure projects showcased on the night included presentations from Forbes Shire Council, Transport for NSW, the expansion of Evolution Mine and the development of the Sunrise Energy Metals Mine.

Training and business support providers were also on hand to speak to local businesses including Industry Capability Network (ICN), TAFE NSW, Training Services NSW, VERTO, OCTEC Ltd and the Forbes Business Chamber.