BUILDING SUPPLY CHAIN CAPACITY BETWEEN URBAN AND REGIONAL AUSTRALIA THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT OF INLAND RAIL: LESSONS FROM ABROAD
- Australia and New Zealand Regional Science Association International Inc. (ANZRSAI)
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- Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, 2020, 26, (3), pp. 293-322
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The primary conduit for agricultural supply chain development throughout the eastern states of Australia has traditionally been via road. The development and delivery of the Inland Rail, due to commence in 2025, will provide a critical new infrastructure that will improve agricultural supply between major ports and regional hubs in those states. It will be a supplementary mode to roads throughout the eastern states, including northern Queensland, an innovative infrastructure approach that is similar to those that have been embraced across Asia and Europe. This paper examines the typical options, rationale, benefits for the development and delivery of Inland Rail infrastructure projects using Hong Kong as a case study, where interviews were conducted with the Mass Transit Rail Corporation (MTRC). This provided the rationale and insights for the framework used in this study to enhance regional development and the development of value capture options. This paper further sets out how value capture may be applied in the context of current Inland Rail development through Parkes in New South Wales and the rationale for potentially expanding the Inland Rail through to Northern Queensland to open regional markets.
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