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Inland Rail

Did you know that Inland Rail is the largest freight rail project in Australia and one of the most significant infrastructure projects in the world? Spanning an impressive length of 1,700 km, it will connect Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland. The project will contribute to improving long-term sustainability of Australian infrastructure, as its completion will mean that freight can be delivered faster and more reliably to our growing population, and beyond to global markets. It will also lead to safer, less congested roads and fewer carbon emissions.

Watch the videos below to learn more about the Inland Rail program and what drives them to innovate sustainably.

The team

During this virtual work experience, you'll be supported by the Sustainability Team at Inland Rail as your industry mentors and a program facilitator at Grandshake.

Meet your mentors

Let's begin with our sustainability experts, Georgia Gosse, Ramola Yardi, Liam West, Jody Finsen, and Brodie Akacich!

Georgia is the Sustainability Manager for Inland Rail. She is responsible for the deliveryof a wide range of sustainability objectives, such as energy, materials, andwater reduction. One of Georgia’s major achievements so far is the receipt ofthe first ‘excellent’ design rating for one of the projects, which drives her tocontinue facilitating positive sustainability change on a national scale. Theprimary skills Georgia needs in her role are communication, time management,and people management.

Ramola is Senior Sustainability Advisor for Inland Rail, responsible for annualsustainability reporting, sustainable procurement, and education and awarenessinitiatives. For example, she led the development of a sustainability foundationseLearning course for employees, which is now essential training. The key skillsRamola is using in her work are communication, influencing change, research, andreport writing.

Liam is the Graduate Sustainability Advisor for Inland Rail, assisting with thedelivery of sustainability objectives and targets. What attracted Liam to thisposition was the challenge of being part of Australia’s largest infrastructureproject and the experience of working in a high-quality sustainability team,and he is proud to have been able to complete tasks beyondthe experiencelevel of an undergraduate/graduate. In his work, Liam relies on hiscommunication, teamwork, and critical evaluation skills.

Jody is a Senior Sustainability Advisor forInland Rail. She looks after projects and contractor management in Central NSWto QLD. What drew Jody to her role was being able to influence decision makingto achieve real sustainability outcomes and she has already successfully implementedsustainability initiatives into the first two Inland Rail projects to commenceconstruction The primary skills she is using in this role are communication andeffectively sharing information among projects to unlock the value of data fordecision making.

Brodie is a Senior Sustainability Advisor for Inland Rail. He oversees contractormanagement in Victoria and Southern NSW to ensure energy, materials, and waterreduction targets are implemented and met. One of Brodie’s most significantachievements to date is the development of a program-wide project performancetracking dashboard. Brodie was excited to join Inland Rail because it gave him anopportunity to explore a new industry and be involved in a nationalinfrastructure project. The skills that are essential to his work arenetworking and time management.

We are also excited to introduce you to Alisha Shaw!

Alisha will be your Program Facilitator. This means she'll be your first point of contact if you have any questions. She'll be there every week to guide you through the program and make sure you are on track.