LOCAL residents and businesses in Parkes stand to benefit from a boost to jobs and tourism with the Federal Government investing $8 million into a business case for a faster rail link to Sydney.

The investment is part of the Government’s Plan for Australia’s Future Population to take pressure off the big cities and support the growth of the regions.

The Parkes-to-Sydney business case is one of five as part of a 20-year vision to better connect our capital cities with surrounding regional centres.

Member for Riverina, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said faster rail services would mean greater accessibility to regional Australia.

“We want more people to live, work and raise a family in the regions,” Mr McCormack said.

“Faster rail services not only help to ease road congestion, it also means more people can access the regions with reliable transport connections, which helps to create jobs and opportunities beyond the bright city lights.

“It also has the potential to let people live in the regions and work in the city if they so choose.

“Faster rail will also be a boon for the annual Elvis Festival in January in which many tourists use the Elvis Express to travel to Parkes.

“The Liberal and Nationals’ Government is investing to help Australians get home sooner and safer, no matter where they live, and boosting productivity and job creation in the regions.”

The current 445-kilometre rail journey time between Sydney and Parkes is about 6½ hours with the train travelling at an average speed of 68 kilometres per hour.

A faster passenger rail would strengthen economic and social ties and connect more people to housing, jobs and services, particularly in regional areas. The business case is a vital part of the Government’s plan to manage population growth and bust congestion on our roads.

Press release issued by The Hon Michael McCormack MP 27 March 2019.

Media Contact: For Mr McCormack – Shane Manning – 0439 550 506