Local businesses will be able to hear from each of the three shortlisted construction contractors for the Narrabri to North Star (N2NS) section of the Inland Rail next week.
Inland Rail will host two networking events, one in Moree and another in Narrabri, to provide local businesses the opportunity to participate in one-on-one meetings with representatives from all three organisations.
Inland Rail chief executive officer Richard Wankmuller said local businesses were keen to be involved in the project and these networking events would provide a platform to meet with and ask questions of the shortlisted contractors ahead of the announcement of the successful contractor mid-year.
"There are three excellent organisations bidding for this project including Lendlease Engineering Pty Ltd, RailFirst (a joint venture between Downer EDI and Seymour White) and Trans4m Rail (a joint venture between Rhomberg Rail Australia, John Holland and SEE Civil)," he said.
"Each one will have representatives at this event to meet with local businesses and answer questions regarding potential supply opportunities on the N2NS project when construction starts.
"I know there is excitement building along the N2NS alignment as we move towards construction and local businesses should be taking advantage of opportunities like these to promote their capabilities to the shortlisted contractors."
Mr Wankmuller said businesses interested in attending could prepare a business capability statement and a 30-second 'elevator pitch' ahead of the meetings to describe what their business does and where it's located in a bid to streamline discussions with the contractors.
"The successful contractor will be required to deliver significant local industry and workforce participation and training outcomes, and the Australian Rail Track Corporation will work very closely with them and other stakeholders to achieve these outcomes," he said.
"We see Inland Rail as a way to create meaningful change in communities along the alignment by developing a pathway to support longer term economic development and employment outcomes."
The Narrabri event will be held from 11.30am to 4pm at the Crossing Theatre on Tuesday, January 21, while the Moree event will take place at the Max Centre from 11.30am to 4pm on Wednesday, January 22.
To take part in the events, local businesses are being urged to register and book a meeting time at n2ns.youcanbook.me by January 19, 2020.