The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has made new appointments to a new leadership structure designed to more effectively manage and deliver the Inland Rail project.

Neil Burlison has commenced in the role of ARTC General Manager Finance for Inland Rail. Based in the ARTC Brisbane office, the position is responsible for the financial management of the program.

This key leadership appointment is the first since the Australian Government announced in the 2017/18 Federal Budget its commitment to the full delivery of Inland Rail with an additional $8.4 billion equity investment in ARTC.

ARTC Chief Executive, John Fullerton, said that establishing a new Inland Rail division within ARTC was a priority.

“With Inland Rail now fully funded, ARTC is putting in place structures, teams and systems that will support the delivery of Inland Rail to expected operation in 2024/25 and beyond,” Mr Fullerton said.

“As part of that work, I am very pleased to welcome Neil Burlison to the Inland Rail leadership team.”

“Having worked for companies such as Origin Energy, ITS Energy Services and BP he has sound experience in joint venture negotiations and complex financial models which will be an asset to the program.”

The Australian Government’s 2017/18 budget announcement also confirmed that the 126km section of Inland Rail from Toowoomba to Kagaru in Queensland will be delivered through a Public Private Partnership (PPP).

ARTC is leading work, in conjunction with the Australian Government, to establish the PPP.

Mr Fullerton said that the General Manager Finance position will report to the newly created position of Chief Executive Inland Rail which is currently being recruited.

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