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Liberals welcome Federal Government’s rail upgrade commitment

The State Liberals have welcomed today’s announcement from the Federal Coalition Government and ARTC to bring forward a 600km rail upgrade between Adelaide and Tarcoola.

The upgrade will use high-grade Arrium steel.

“I welcome Prime Minister Turnbull’s announcement in Whyalla today,” said Shadow Minister for Manufacturing Corey Wingard.

“This is good news for the workers at Arrium and for South Australia.

“We know Arrium is facing a number of challenges and anything that we can do to support the steelworks and help keep them operating here is welcome.

“The upgrade is good news for the broader South Australian economy as well, with heavier trains able to use the track once it is completed.

“South Australia already has the highest unemployment rate in the nation – if Arrium were to close as well it would be an unmitigated disaster for the South Australian economy.

“The State Liberal Team are committed to working with the State and Federal Government in a bipartisan manner to deliver whatever is required to keep Arrium operating in South Australia.”