Inland Rail Information

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​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.)

When?

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?

  • 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. 

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

ARTC have 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.

Public Consultation Sessions - Helidon to Calvert Section

DATETIMELOCATIONVENUE
Monday 14 May4 – 7pmGattonLockyer Valley Cultural Centre - 34 Lake Apex Drive, Gatton
Wednesday 16 May4 – 7pmGrandchesterGrandchester Community Hall - School Road, Grandchester
Thursday 17 May4 – 7pmForest HillForest Hill School of Arts - Railway Street, Forest Hill
Saturday 19 May10am - 2pmGowrieGowrie Junction Community Hall - 24 Old Homebush Road, Gowrie Junction
Monday 21 May4 – 7pmWithcottWithcott Sports Centre - 43 Parkridge Drive, Withcott
Wednesday 23 May4 – 7pmToowoombaToowoomba City Library - 155 Herries Street, Toowoomba City
Thursday 24 May4 – 7pmGattonLockyer Valley Cultural Centre - 34 Lake Apex Drive, Gatton
Saturday 26 May9am - 12pmGrandchesterGrandchester Community Hall - School Road, Grandchester 
Saturday 26 May2 - 5pmLaidleyLaidley​​ Sports Complex - Whites Road, Laidley 
Tuesday 29 May4 – 7pmHelidonHelidon & District Community Centre - 15 Arthur Street, Helidon

Public Consultation Sessions - Gowrie to Helidon Section​

Saturday 19 May10am - 2pmGowrieGowrie Junction Community Hall - 24 Old Homebush Road, Gowrie Junction
Monday 21 May4 – 7pmWithcottWithcott Sports Centre - 43 Parkridge Drive, Withcott
Wednesday 23 May4 – 7pmToowoombaToowoomba City Library - 155 Herries Street, Toowoomba City
Tuesday 29 May4 – 7pmHelidonHelidon & District Community Centre - 15 Arthur Street, Helidon

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)

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. 

 
Page reviewed: 25 May 2018 3:01pm