The Australian Rail Track Corporation has appointed a new general manager of finance for Inland Rail, and is currently looking for a chief executive for the project.
Neil Burlison has been appointed to the role of general manager finance for Inland Rail, and will be based in the ARTC Brisbane office. He will be responsible for the financial management of the program.
Burlison’s appointment is the first since the Turnbull Government committed an $8.4 billion equity investment in the ARTC to fund Inland Rail in its 2017/18 Budget.
ARTC chief executive John Fullerton said the establishment of a new internal team for Inland Rail, with its own leadership, would help steer it to reality.
“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,” 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.”
Fullerton said Burlison would report to the chief executive of Inland Rail, who is currently being recruited.
Another priority for the ARTC is the establishment of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) which will deliver the 126-kilometre section of Inland Rail from Toowoomba to Kagaru in Queensland.