Albanese to address inland rail symposium
PARKES will host a Melbourne-to-Brisbane Inland Rail symposium tomorrow (Friday).
Guest speakers include federal Minister for Transport, Anthony Albanese.
The symposium will explore key issues related to the development of this national infrastructure project, says Mayor of Parkes, Ken Keith.
“Regional business leaders and those with an interest in being updated on the delivery of this nation-building project will not want to miss this event,” says Cr Keith.
“We see this infrastructure as vital for the long-term prosperity of Australia and the symposium is an ideal platform to heighten the importance of commitment to this project.
“Given the symposium format and content, council remains confident of attracting a diverse range of delegates from all parts of the Eastern seaboard.
“This isn’t a new idea. Parkes’ forefather Sir Henry Parkes had visions back in 1889 when he famously proclaimed: ‘. . . they had now, from South Australia to Queensland, a stretch of about 2000 miles of railway, and if the four colonies could only combine to adopt a uniform gauge, it would be an immense advantage in the movement of troops, as well as in the operations of commerce and the various pursuits of society’.
“It will be great to see Sir Henry’s vision realised,” Cr Keith says.