Inland Rail Information


​What’s happening?

The Inland Rail Project is a project of national significance and is planned to come through the Lockyer Valley from Ballard in the west to Summerholm (near Grandchester) in the east.

Potentially the freight-only trains on this line will be 3.6km long with two (2) shipping containers stacked on top of each other on each wagon. 

The project is being delivered by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC).

(Photo from the WSP website.)


As part of the process, the Queensland Government’s Coordinator-General for the Department of State Development issued DRAFT Terms of Reference for public consultation from 6 May 2017 to 5 June 2017 for both the Gowrie to Helidon and Helidon to Calvert sections of the planned route.


  • Submissions for the Gowrie to Helidon section close at 5pm Monday 5 June 2017.

  • The closing date for submissions for the Helidon to Calvert section has been extended until 5pm Monday 26 June 2017.

What does this mean?

The Terms of Reference (TOR) provide the questions and issues that ARTC must provide responses to in their Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for each section of the route (known as projects).

The Terms of Reference itself does not generally provide any information on how ARTC will deal with various community concerns or project issues and impacts. It provides the detailed list of issues and concerns that will be addressed in the EIS. For this reason, the Draft TOR will not generally contain specific project designs or concepts.

What should the community do?

Any community member with any concerns about any parts of these projects (including business owners, farmers, tourism operators, community groups, schools, etc) should read through the Draft Terms of Reference for the project section relevant to their concern, and see if the TOR requires ARTC to respond to that issue in their Environmental Impact Statement.

While there will be further opportunities to address issues and concerns once the Environmental Impact Statement is released for consultation, it is highly important that the community provides feedback to the Coordinator-General now on whether the Terms of Reference are asking the right questions and requiring the issues of concern to be addressed in the EIS.

Where are the Draft Terms of Reference?

Where are the maps of the planned routes?

How do I make a submission?

It is important that submissions are made in the correct manner by the due date. The Coordinator-General has provided a Fact Sheet on how to have your say on the Draft Terms of Reference. You can click on the link below to access that sheet which contains a preferred but not mandatory format. 

NOTE: Each section of the route (ie, Gowrie to Helidon, and Helidon to Calvert) has its own Draft Terms of Reference and you should respond to each project section separately where relevant. 

Below our examples of Council's submission to the Draft Terms of Reference:

Gowrie to Helidon section


Helidon to Calvert section


What is Council doing?

  • Council has prepared draft submissions to the Draft Terms of Reference for each of the two sections affecting the Lockyer Valley. 
  • The draft submissions are available below as public documents so that the community can see what we’re responding to. This might also assist you in thinking about how you might respond. 
  • Council may not be fully aware of every community member’s concerns and urges everyone with concerns to make their own submissions. We encourage you to share this responsibility with us. 
  • Council does not have capacity to provide assistance with preparing individual submissions other than the content on this page. 

Council is requesting that the Coordinator-General extends the submission period to allow the community to have a reasonable opportunity to review the Draft Terms of Reference and prepare meaningful submissions.

What is Council submitting?

Please note the length of the documents above before printing. 

Copies will be available at Council’s Customer Service Centres and Gatton Library. (Laidley Library will be closed while they move to their new premises).
Page reviewed: 05 Jun 2017 11:42am