As our population grows, Australia needs to future-proof our freight connections to meet our demands.
Inland Rail is transforming how everyday goods travel around a country as big as ours.
It will help reduce our reliance on road freight, and in turn, reduce road congestion and carbon emissions.
For businesses and producers, it will cut freight transit times and increase volumes, making the cost of transporting goods even more competitive.
It’ll also help our regional producers compete globally.
Farmers like Oscar Pearse are seeing the big picture.
Beef and Grain Farmer, Moree
Oscar Pearse sells his crops to almost every country around the world. For the New South Wales farmer, a more cost-effective, efficient and reliable transport option like Inland Rail has huge potential for the Australian agriculture industry as a whole.
The Pearse family has been working their land in Moree since 1872. Now running a beef and grain producing operation, Oscar is the sixth generation to run their property.
Moree is a region that can grow summer and winter crops, giving them plenty of farming options. Oscar believes Inland Rail’s potential to increase overall freight capacities and reduce transport costs, gives farmers like him more export options and ability to better meet buyer demand.
“Reducing freight costs means that our businesses can cost effectively get product to the buyers and that’s critical in agriculture.”
Inland Rail also means better access to the products Oscar needs to grow his crops; like seed, fertiliser and chemicals. Transporting product is a huge freight task and current freight costs are a big expense to Oscar’s business. He believes that if Australia wants to remain competitive, we need world-class freight infrastructure like Inland Rail.
With one eye always on the horizon, Oscar also sees the future potential of Inland Rail to help reduce the industry’s overall carbon footprint. He believes this will be a major benefit to the agricultural sector moving forward as low-emission crops, low-emission technology and low-emission transport will be what future customers demand.
For Oscar, the growth of his industry is reliant on a lot more than what happens in the paddock. He sees the potential of how Inland Rail can create opportunities for businesses in farming areas like his, giving regional communities the boost they need to prosper into the future.
“The project is building the infrastructure agriculture needs. The knock-on effects of Inland Rail are potentially huge.”
Inland Rail is a fast freight backbone that will better connect our regions with our capital cities, helping to deliver a new freight future for transport logistics companies like Toll Global Express.
General Manager Northern Region,
Toll Global Express
As a General Manager for Toll Global Express, Steve says everything Toll moves is important to someone.
Toll Global Express helps send freight and packages quickly by providing innovative and tailored transport, logistics and business solutions across road, rail, air and sea networks.
For Toll to get your parcels to you more efficiently, Toll needs a reliable supply chain for the future.
And Steve says Inland Rail is delivering just that.
“With more than 1 million+ parcels moving through Toll’s network every day, Inland Rail will provide the infrastructure Australia needs to keep your goods moving, delivering better freight connections that will benefit the entire nation.”
Steve says Inland Rail has the potential to connect our regions much better with our capital cities, suggesting that anything that will benefit their customers and provide a more cost effective, reliable, faster service is absolutely what Australia needs.
“Australia is a vast country that spans thousands of kilometres all along the coastline, and so we need to match our infrastructure and assets across that geography.”
“Regardless of where you are in Australia, providing more reliability and certainty to our network is something that will benefit our supply chains,” said Steve.
“We've seen a strong trend where
e-commerce is absolutely going to be the catalyst for growth here. And with Toll Global Express’s network on Inland Rail, we’ll have an ability seamlessly to connect our customers with the freight they need in a more fast and reliable manner.”
The faster freight transit times, increased volumes and potential cost reductions Inland Rail offers will help Aussie businesses well into the future.
And for businesses and producers, it will cut freight transit times and increase volumes, making the cost of transporting goods even more competitive.
Nobody understands this more than freight logistics company SCT.
Qld State Manager, SCT Logistics, Bromelton
If there's one thing Ben Popp knows, it’s freight. The Queensland State Manager for SCT Logistics has been with the business for close to 15 years, starting out at as a picker (warehouse hand) and working his way up the ranks to running the operation in Bromelton, Queensland.
In that time Ben’s not only seen a huge amount of change in the business, but a tremendous shift in Australia’s freight demands as well. And there's one thing he's sure about. The future of transporting goods around our country is Inland Rail.
“SCT has been preparing for a project like Inland Rail for 15 years. We’ve already set up regional freight rail depots in Albury and Parkes in New South Wales, and here in Bromelton.”
SCT moves freight by rail between the east and west coast of Australia and Brisbane and Melbourne. They predominantly manage freight for food and beverage companies, but at any one time their warehouse in Bromelton can house a variety of everyday goods.
“Pretty much anything you see on supermarket shelves is either one of SCT’s valued customers or a potential customer,” Ben said.
Ben sees the case for Australia moving more freight by rail as a no-brainer. First and foremost, it’s safer for Australians. One of the trains they send to Western Australia can extend up to 1.8 kilometres long. That’s the equivalent of 100 B-double trucks on our roads. Then there’s also the environmental benefit, with the reduced carbon emissions produced by trains compared to trucks.
He also believes the faster transit times make rail a more competitive option from both a pricing and service perspective for businesses. And with more trains running more frequently, that are a greater length, they’ll be able to move larger volumes than ever before.
“With Inland Rail we will be able to double-stack containers. And when you're talking about 1.5 to 1.8-kilometre-long trains the scale is significant.”
Not only does Ben think Inland Rail signals a new era for freight in Australia, but he also believes its combined benefits will be a great new business driver. Allowing them to go to market and attract even more customers.
“Inland Rail will be a great thing for the business. It will be an enabler that will continue to help us grow.”
Nearly 70 per cent of the goods that will travel on Inland Rail will be for domestic use.
For a country whose population is set to grow in size, it’s a project that will help transform the future of freight so we can meet the needs of tomorrow.
This is our opportunity. This is our Inland Rail.