Construction of Inland Rail is already benefiting Australia - especially in our regional communities, where jobs and businesses are getting a boost from new contracts and increasing numbers of customers through their doors.
Many locals can see the potential of Inland Rail to help their communities flourish. It will bring work and business opportunities to small towns and connect manufacturers and producers like never before.
Local producers like Sam Coulton from Goondiwindi Cotton.
Sam is always looking to the future. That’s why the farmer and businessman sees the potential Inland Rail can bring to small farming towns.
“It’s one line going from Melbourne to Brisbane, which is perfect. All the contractors in Goondiwindi are going to do well out of it. It’ll be a great help to our community and businesses across the region.”
Sam’s family has been farming in the Goondiwindi area since 1924 and the fifth generation of Coultons is still working their lands today.
Sam has also created a successful cotton garment brand, Goondiwindi Cotton, which is 100% Australian owned and employs about 75 full-time staff from the area. Their product is designed in Goondiwindi and sold in hundreds of stores nationally. He's even started pushing the brand into the USA market online.
“Our garment business has grown from producing around 5,000 pieces a year to approximately 80,000 a year.”
Sam believes Australia’s cotton is amongst the best in the world. Its length, strength and fineness is sought after globally.
“Cotton is used in not just garments. It’s used in hospitals for swabs and bandages. For sheets, pillowcases and blankets. If you want good product, you need good cotton."
An innovative businessman and producer, Sam sees the value of Inland Rail to help move Australia forward and bring more people and business back to the regions. He believes Inland Rail is one of the most significant developments Australia’s seen since the Snowy Mountain Project.
Not only will Inland Rail help transform our regions, it will also better connect Australian producers and businesses to their markets - providing a more efficient link to and from capital cities and major ports and helping our businesses be even more competitive globally.
Businesses like Australian pet nutrition company Staughton Group.
For Australian pet food producer, Staughton Group, product distribution and supply of ingredients is everything – that means making their high-quality product and getting it out to market as efficiently as possible. So, when Managing Director Edward Staughton discovered an Inland Rail hub was being built close to their facility, he was excited by the opportunity to do business even more competitively in the Australian and global markets.
“Our ingredients business in particular is a high-volume operation. Being so close to the Inland Rail hub will really open up our distribution and supply chain.”
The group prides itself on being an innovative company in the pet nutrition space, producing the highest quality Australian pet food ingredients on a large scale. But the distances their ingredients and products have to travel around the country end up being a major business cost.
That’s why Edward believes the efficiencies offered by Inland Rail will help their competitiveness into the future. And in turn, will benefit their customers.
“Inland Rail will deliver us more opportunity to grow by bringing us closer to the capital cities and our export markets in the ports into the future.”
The company mostly produces a fresh product, so the resilience and reliability of transporting freight by rail makes a lot of sense. As does having access to alternate routes across country, offering more flexibility and distribution options than ever before.
Long term, Edward believes Inland Rail will create a much more connected Australia. And for regional businesses like his, it will make distribution to the major markets more financially viable.
As Inland Rail takes shape, it's transforming the way goods are transported around our country.
And along the way, it will continue to give Australian communities and businesses the momentum we need for tomorrow.
This is our opportunity. This is our Inland Rail.