The first sod turn of the Inland Rail project was officially turned at Parkes in December.
Construction on the Parkes to Narromine section is expected to begin almost immediately, with the first train travelling on the new line by 2025.
The benefits to local industry will be enormous, it will drive significant investment in the communities themselves through the creation of around 16,000 direct and indirect jobs, and a $16 billion contribution to the national economy.
Parkes is the site of one of thirteen individual sections of the 1700 kilometre rail line between Melbourne and Brisbane.
Construction of the project is beginning where the first 5.3 kilometres of new rail for Inland Rail will be built, and about 98 kilometres of existing corridors are being upgraded between Parkes and Narromine.