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Local know-how delivers Bowen Rail Company's $62m rail yard

7th September 2022

Nine hundred and fifty-seven drainage elements and 28 footy fields of earthworks later and Bowen business Hillery Group has put the finishing touches on Bowen Rail Company’s local rail provisioning yard.

The $62 million project near Bowen in North Queensland employed more than 300 people and was undertaken as part of construction of the Carmichael Rail Network under the banner of Bravus Mining and Resources’ Carmichael Project.

Both Bravus and Bowen Rail Company (BRC) are Australian businesses of the Adani Group.

Bowen Rail General Manager Brendan Lane said the rail yard was a shining example of the capability of regional contractors and how BRC was delivering on its promises of jobs and contracts for locals.

“The provisioning yard is a critical piece of infrastructure for us,” Mr Lane said.

“This is where our maintenance crews are based and where our state-of-the-art locomotives take on fuel and the sand, oils, and lubricants that keep our trains operating safely.

“What Hillery has delivered in terms of earthworks completed, culverts installed, and roads built is world-class and fits seamlessly with the track elements Rockhampton’s Rhomberg Rail have performed.

“Small and medium-sized businesses are the lifeblood of regional Queensland, and we couldn’t have asked for better companies to partner with on this job.

“This project goes to show the talent pool we have in regional areas is deep and by contracting local you can keep the economic and social benefits of the work in your community where it matters most.”

Hillery Group CEO Luke Hillery said winning a $20 million contract as part of the overall project was enormous for his business and the community and the benefits would be felt long into the future.

“We see the value BRC is bringing to the Bowen area on a daily basis, so to win a contract of this size and then deliver it using local people with local skills is something we’re really proud of,” Mr Hillery said.



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