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.)

Productivity Enhancement Program

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development (DITCRD) recently held a session at the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre to provide information on an opportunity for businesses, peak bodies and communities relating to the Inland Rail Project.​

That Department has dedicated $44M to the Inland Rail Interface Improvement Program which will fund feasibility studies and business cases to assess the cost and benefits of proposals to improve business supply chains around the Inland Rail Corridor.

Some Lockyer Valley businesses were not able to attend the recent session. While it is a DITCRD program, Council want to circulate it more widely in the region to ensure as many people as possible are aware of this opportunity.​

Please visit the link to the department's web site which has further details on the application process which opened on 11 October 2019. Please note that applications close on 31st October 2019.


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 which was conducted in mid-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. 

The Terms of Reference for the Environmental Impact Statement was finalised and released in late 2017. 

ARTC is now undertaking the Environmental Impact Statement investigation processes required by the Queensland Coordinator-General. This will involve various community consultation processes and opportunities. 

Where are the maps of the planned routes?

What other project information is available? 

What is Council doing?

  • Mayor Tanya Milligan has raised her concerns about the quality of the engagement process with both the ARTC CEO and with the media. See the TV interviews below:
  • Council lodged 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. 
  • Council is unable to be fully aware of every community member’s individual concerns and recommended that everyone with concerns make their own submissions and to share the responsibility for the future of our region. 
  • Council successfully requested that the Coordinator-General extend the submission period to allow the community to have a reasonable opportunity to review the Draft Terms of Reference and prepare meaningful submissions. 
  • Council has released a position paper to the public and directly to ARTC stating Council's expectations on how our community should be dealt with. DOWNLOAD HERE

What did Council submit for the EIS Terms of Reference?

Please note the length of the documents above before printing. 

Finalised Terms of Reference - Helidon to Calvert project

The Terms of Reference for an environmental impact statement: Inland Rail - Helidon to Calvert project (TOR) has been finalised.

​For more information, check out the:

Community Consultation - Environmental Impact Statement

Have Your Say – Inland Rail Consultation

To review the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Helidon to Calvert section of the Inland Rail project, and to ensure your feedback is included in the Queensland Government review, click here

Community Information Sessions will be at the following locations to assist the community in navigating the draft EIS content:



Community Information Session

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre

34 Lake Apex Drive, Gatton

1:00pm – 4:00pm

CCC meeting (observers allowed)

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre

34 Lake Apex Drive, Gatton

5:00pm – 8:00pm

Community Information Session

Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Forest Hill School of Arts

22 Railway Street, Forest Hill

4:00pm – 7:00pm

Community Information Session

Thursday, 29 April 2021

Helidon & District Community Centre

15 Arthur Street, Helidon

4:00pm – 7:00pm

Community Information Session

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Grandchester Hall

24 School Road, Grandchester

4:00pm – 7:00pm

Community Information Session

Saturday, 8 May 2021

Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre

34 Lake Apex Drive, Gatton

9:00am – 12:00pm

Community Information Session

Saturday, 8 May 2021

Laidley Sports Complex

Whites Road, Laidley

2:00pm – 5:00pm

ARTC has also provided the following opportunities for community consultation: 

Community Consultative Committees

ARTC has established a community consultative committee for the Helidon to Calvert project area. For details of the Committee and meetings, please see the link below:

Community Consultation

Community consultation is vital to the success of Inland Rail.

An overview of the EIS community engagement and consultation program, as well as the associated EIS technical studies, can be viewed here. (link opens in a new window)

ARTC has advised that they will continue to work closely with landowners along the existing corridor of the project as well as key stakeholders such as Council.

  • Interactive Online map for viewing and comments​ - this map shows the proposed locations of crossing (passing) loops as well as other key design elements and allows community members to pi questions and comments into the map as specific locations.) will open in a new window)

Contact ARTC

You can have your questions answered about the project by contacting ARTC directly, or asking them a question.​ (links open in new windows)

ARTC Office

Suites 5-6​
47 North Street, Gatton
Monday to Friday
9am - 5pm
Ph​: 1800 732 761

Council's Involvement in the Inland Rail Project

Inland Rail is not a Council project. Council's primary involvement is ensuring that ARTC and related stakeholders treat the communities of the Lockyer Valley with due respect including the undertaking of genuine consultation and considering alternatives that minimise the negative impact on both communities and individuals. 

Council has released a position paper to the public and directly to ARTC stating Council's expectations on how our community should be dealt with. DOWNLOAD HERE​​

Page reviewed: 06 Apr 2021 10:09am