The brand new Mindyarra Maintenance Centre in Dubbo is taking shape, with structural steel to frame the new facility now being installed at the site.
The new maintenance centre is part of the NSW Government’s $2.8 billion Regional Rail Project, which will see NSW TrainLink’s ageing XPT, XPLORER and Endeavour trains replaced by 29 new trains, which will be tested, maintained and serviced in Dubbo.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the installation of the steel frame marks a huge milestone in the construction of the new facility, which will provide about 200 jobs during construction and permanent employment for 50 people once operational.
“It is so exciting to be able to see the outline of what this multimillion-dollar facility will look like. Over the next few weeks, more steel will be installed until the full frame is erected,” Mr Saunders said.
“Construction of the train bio-wash and wheel lathe section is underway, and once the steel framing is complete, roofing and cladding of the maintenance building will take place. Structural steel installation for the administration building will then start.”
Mr Saunders said the NSW Government is powering ahead with vital infrastructure projects that stimulate regional economies and improve transport connectivity in the bush.
“This project is providing employment opportunities for people and businesses across the wider Dubbo region, because keeping jobs local builds a safer, stronger regional NSW,” Mr Saunders said.
“Our focus is on regional jobs, developing the skills base in the region and providing opportunities for regional NSW businesses to supply this project and future infrastructure projects.
“Directly supporting local Dubbo businesses throughout the planning, construction and completion of the maintenance centre ensures more money in their pockets and more employment opportunities, especially during the COVID-19 recovery.”
Construction of the maintenance centre is set to be complete in 2022, while the new trains will enter passenger service progressively from 2023.