Almost 200 representatives from the rail industry, along with state and federal government bodies, will be attending a sold out industry briefing session in Sydney today to discuss the current state of opportunities in the rail industry for local rail suppliers.
The session is the result of collaboration between industry and both Federal and State Government and provides a platform for rail industry suppliers to learn about new projects, opportunities, programs and initiatives in the Australian Rail Sector.
Acting Chief Operating Officer of the ARA, Phil Allan, said the session will provide an ideal opportunity for key stakeholders in New South Wales to have a say in the future direction of the rail industry.
“This sell out session shows just how eager the industry is to work with government, through bodies like the ICN and NPRA, to ensure the future prosperity and growth of rail manufacturing in this country,” said Mr Allan.
“Both industry and government should be motivated to drive growth in the rail industry, as the economic benefits are significant. With 63 per cent of Australians continuing to travel to work by car each day and only 4 per cent using rail, simply utilising this mode of transport would put Australia on track to a greener, efficient and more productive future.
ICN National Passenger Rail Alliance Programme Manager Stephan van der Lit said the session follows the launch of the ICN NPRA last month and project opportunities in key rail projects around Australia.
“The NPRA aims to promote Rolling Stock, Signalling, Communications, Information Communications Technology and Rail Infrastructure opportunities to Australian suppliers,” said Mr van der Lit.
“To stay connected to industry news and opportunities from the ICN NPRA local suppliers should register at www.npra.icn.org.au,” he said.
Attendees will receive information from relevant state and federal government agencies, including Infrastructure NSW and Austrade, along with industry associations and support organisations on specific industry strategies, project alliance opportunities and government assistance programs.
This session is the result of a partnership between the Australasian Railway Association (ARA), the Industry Capability Network (ICN) and the National Passenger Rail Alliance (NPRA) and is supported by the Department of Industry NSW.