The New South Wales Government has invested $225 million to future-proof the state’s rail industry by ensuring manufacturing remains onshore, and local jobs stay in the regions.

Acting Premier, Minister for Regional New South Wales and Member for Bathurst, Paul Toole, said the New South Wales Government will extend its contract with voestalpine Railway Systems Australia Pty Ltd (vaRSAU) for five years, backing its commitment to deliver major infrastructure and jobs in the regions.

“This is great news for the Bathurst community and the expert workers at the local vaRSAU fabrication centre, who now have continued guaranteed work,” said Mr Toole.

“Since 2015, the facility has grown to 70 staff, and we look forward to this investment creating even more local jobs at a time they’re needed most.”

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Sam Farraway, said this contract extension recognises the world-class manufacturing skills we have in regional New South Wales and the important role vaRSAU plays in the State’s railway network.

“The New South Wales Government is committed to supporting local manufacturers, and this contract will continue to pave the way for further growth opportunities in Regional NSW,” Mr Farraway said.

“After a challenging few years, it is now more important than ever to invest in our local manufacturers and support regional economies.”

Sydney Trains Chief Executive, Matt Longland, said the Bathurst-based fabrication centre supplies all the Sydney metropolitan and greater New South Wales rail flash-butt welding, turnout and other track component requirements.

“Sydney Trains is committed to maintaining its trains and infrastructure to the highest quality and safety standards, and this contract is an integral part of this,” Mr Longland said.

“It secures superior, locally-made parts for the State’s rail network to keep customers moving safely and efficiently, now and into the future.”

The contract extension is in place for five years, until February 2027.

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