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The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack and General Manager GFG Alliance (Whyalla Liberty Primary Steel) Carol-Anne Nelson were in Parkes on Thursday to mark the completion of the first contract from Liberty’s Whyalla steelworks to the Inland Rail project.
"Today is a significant milestone in the delivery of the inland rail, the nation building infrastructure near Parkes where the east, west, north and south railway lines intersect," Mr McCormack said.
"The last of 14,000 tonnes of Whyalla Steel, Australian Steel, Australian jobs that’s what it means, are being dropped off here today which is going to help finish the Narromine to Parkes section."
The turning point coincides with work increasing on the construction of the North-West Connection, 5.3km of brand new rail which will link the existing national Interstate railway network to Inland Rail.
ARTC’s CEO of the Inland Rail project Richard Wankmuller said it was great to see Aussie steel underpinning Inland Rail and securing Australian steelworker jobs.
“Whyalla steel rail is already used widely for projects across ARTC’s rail network, with Liberty Primary Steel currently supplying three large steel rail contracts concurrently.
“The construction underway and supply of steel rail to the Inland Rail project is an example of how a project - that has been talked about for generations - will benefit all Australians for the next 100 years,” Mr Wankmuller said.
This article first appeared on www.parkeschampionpost.com.au
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