Dolly Parton festival benefits from Inland Rail program
From new student laptops to events to break the cycle of isolation for farmers and bringing the magic of Dolly Parton to Narromine are some of the initiatives being supported by the Inland Rail.
Interesting question that - how will Inland Rail benefit the communities en-route?I doubt you are wrong at all and I'm a bit surprised if anyone genuinely thought otherwise.
The principal purpose of Inland Rail is to speed up the Melb-Brisbane freight transit time. I wonder how much (if any) wayside business will be created? Most will pass through town at about 100k.
I certainly don’t see meaningful passenger services being created.
Which leaves servicing of rolling stock and per way as potential employment for locals. My personal expectation is that this benefit will accrue to a handful of towns - probably Parkes and somewhere like Moree. I have spoken with relief crews from PN who drive from Parkes to Gulgong to pick up their train. Not the coal guys, for which PN has a depot in Mudgee.
Perhaps a couple of smaller depots may be created. But certainly very little benefit for a town like Narromine.
I hope to be proven wrong.