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Moree Plains Shire Council welcomes the Federal Government's $8.4 billion dollar commitment towards the continued development of the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Project.


The Inland Rail will provide a corridor of opportunity between Brisbane and Melbourne via Toowoomba, Moree, Parkes and Albury, linking Australia's state capitals in the north, south, east and west. In addition, the project will improve productivity of the national land freight network and be an enduring economic asset for regional communities in south–east Australia.


Mayor Cr Katrina Humphries was thrilled to receive the news of the funding announcement by the Federal Government backing the Inland Rail project. “This is a fabulous boost to a nation building project and supports continued development of Moree as the northwest regional transport hub,” she said.


“We have been believers in this project for a long time, hosting the Inland Rail Symposium and working closely with Australian Rail Track Corporation. It’s a project Moree Plains Shire Council actively supports and has done so for such a long time – it’s truly a brilliant result!” said Mayor Humphries.


This significant funding announcement, combined with the nearly one billion dollars of committed funds, means the momentum for the project will continue to grow. It will also give industry confidence in investing in regional New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.


It has been well established that the load on the national land freight system will grow considerably by 2031 and continue improving with the benefit of a modern logistical supply system.


Given the significant freight demands of the Moree Plains, as well as being strategically placed on a major freight corridor, the Shire is ideally located in the heart of Australia’s most productive agricultural area to be a major point for delivery of efficient logistical and transport services for the region.


“This really demonstrates that the Government is serious about backing our agricultural sector. Efficient rail access provides a range of opportunities for the regions and ensures that Australian agricultural products can be even more competitive in a domestic and global market. This is a game-changer for our farmers and I could not be happier.”


“The Inland Rail will play a critical role in providing substantial economic and community benefits to be realised by allowing more efficient movement of freight, reducing congestion on our key road transport corridors, and creating employment opportunities in regional Victoria, NSW and Queensland,” said the Mayor.









Moree Plains Shire Council is celebrating Reconciliation Week by flying a contemporary Aboriginal artwork by local artist David “Crocket” Craigie.


Flag My Country David Crocket CraigeThe original artwork titled My Country tells the story of the artist’s connection to the Moree Plains and how he sees how the community has evolved to become a multicultural community that embraces so many people.


Crocket, as he likes to be known, has five circles as his artist’s signature. The middle circle represents Kamilaroi land with Moree as its centrepiece. The four outer circles are the corners of the world. Peoples from all nations, come across Mother Earth to the black soils of Kamilaroi country under the Great Southern Sky.


“You might say that the tribes from all nations are drawn to Moree for the waters that heal and feeds us, and the fertile soils that produce food and fibres. Together, here in Moree, we become one multicultural community using what Mother Earth has provided to us,” said Mr Craigie.


Mr Craigie is one of a number of talented Indigenous artists attending Moree TAFE’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts class headed up by Lizzy von Gavel. Students are involved in a variety of artistic mediums including masonry, screen-printing, mosaic, woodwork, sculpture and paint.


The flags have been installed in Moree’s CBD as part of the community’s celebrations of its achievements towards reconciliation.


“It is great that my design was chosen to be made for a main street flag – it’s very exciting,” said Mr Craigie.Flag 2


Crocket gives a wink and says “You know, the original artwork is for sale - bona fide piece of history!”


Council’s Communication Officer Catherine Davis explained that Crocket is the fifth Aboriginal artist whose work has been reproduced as a main street flag for the community.


“Moree has many talented Indigenous artists and their art is important to the culture and identity of the people in our Shire.


“The visual story of My Country makes this a perfect design for flying in the main street during significant celebrations such as Reconciliation and NAIDOC Weeks,” said Mrs Davis.


Council adapted Mr Craigie’s My Country original artwork to fit the flag specifications. 


1. Local artist David ‘Crocket’ Craigie’s signature cicular design has been immortalised as flags flying in the main street of Moree. He is excited that his design was chosen to fly in Moree’s CBD during significant celebrations such as Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week.


2. Original artwork – My Country – was adapted to fit the flag specifications for Moree’s main street. The arylic on canvass artwork is for sale from the Gallery at the Moree TAFE - $1000











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