Border to Gowrie project consultation

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Community drop in sessions

We understand you can't always come in to our Toowoomba office to ask questions about Inland Rail. We will be working in locations along the alignment each month. Keep an eye on our key dates to find out when we'll be in your community.

Alternatively, you can view the proposed rail alignment and leave comments on our interactive map.

Community engagement

Since September 2018, we have engaged with key stakeholders, landowners and the community regarding the development of the reference design and EIS. This engagement centred around the following elements:

  • focused area of investigation
  • alignment development in Millmerran, Millwood and Whetstone
  • Condamine floodplain solution
  • road/rail interface (public road and private crossings)
  • hydrology modelling of catchments across the study area including Gowrie Creek, Westbrook Creek, Pariagara Creek and the Macintyre Brook.
  • social impact assessment
  • noise.

Engagement activities to date have included letters, phone calls and meetings with directly affected landowners, workshops with key stakeholders, community information sessions, a community survey, newsletters, project e-news, interactive map and social media.

You can also contact us during business hours on 1800 732 761 or email us at inlandrailqld@artc.com.au.

Public road crossing design

Between November 2018 to March 2019, we asked landowners and road users for feedback on how they use local roads to inform the design of rail crossings on public roads in the B2G area.

Through our interactive map, drop-in sessions, meetings and pop-up consultation stands, we gathered over 350 pieces of feedback about your travel routes, how often you use local roads and the types of vehicles you use.

This feedback has been included, together with traffic counts and information from local councils and Queensland Government departments on current and expected future transport needs, in designing the crossings. We are also working with road authorities, emergency services and other government agencies.

Any proposed changes to public roads consider safety, sight distances at level crossings, traffic numbers, stacking distances, and if alternative access is available and the distances involved.

All proposed changes are subject to review and approval by the relevant road authorities.

For information about which roads are potentially intersected by the B2G project please visit our interactive map.

Condamine floodplain crossing

Since the release of the proposed Condamine floodplain crossing in late 2018, Inland Rail has continued consultation with landowners and key stakeholders to update the flood model and design of the crossing solution.

The flood model has been expanded to incorporate additional local flow paths, in particular within the Back Creek catchment, and has also been validated against the 2013 flood event. We have undertaken further sensitivity testing on the model to determine how inflows from local creeks may impact water levels and velocities in a 1-in-100 (1% Annual Exceedance Probability (AEP) flood event in order to gain more robust results based on local knowledge. We have also included additional data from the Warwick and Cecil Weir stream gauges, as well as anecdotal data of historic flood events prior to 1921, to improve our flood frequency analysis. These updates have allowed improved understanding of flooding behaviour in the Condamine floodplain but have not resulted in significant changes to the overall model or required considerable updates to the crossing design.

The Condamine floodplain crossing design has been updated to incorporate community feedback. Key changes included:

  • extending the proposed bridge over the North Branch by approximately 250m north
  • moving the proposed Yandilla rail bridge further south and combining with the proposed Grasstree Creek bridge
  • increasing the number of proposed culverts near Yandilla grain silos to ensure the drainage channel to the south of the silos has enough culverts to convey flood water.

The proposed Condamine floodplain crossing solution remains within the existing rail corridor, and now comprises:

  • 6 bridges
  • 6.1km total bridge length
  • Approximately 500 culverts (900mm – 2.1m in diameter).

Assessment of the proposed Condamine floodplain crossing solution using the updated flood model indicates that in a 1% AEP event, the solution is likely to change flood behaviour at 23 private properties that already experience some degree of flooding. This includes changes in peak water levels of 10-50 mm at six houses. We are continuing to work with landowners to develop mitigation measures to minimise and manage any changes to flood behaviour.

You can view the floodplain crossing design here.

The proposed Condamine floodplain crossing solution is subject to assessment as part of the EIS process and may change as a result of conditions of approval, further investigations, or detailed design.

Consultation with affected landowners is ongoing.

Interactive map

We have developed an interactive map to allow the community to view and provide comment on the reference design and to help us get a better understanding of the community’s key queries and concerns about the design.

The interactive map shows the reference design, including details such as the proposed rail alignment, public road and rail crossings, and the project footprint.

Your feedback is valuable. Providing feedback on the interactive map is easy and you can comment anonymously. You can follow these easy steps:

- Find a location within the proposed rail alignment to add a comment

- Click the green ‘Add a Comment’ button

- Drag and zoom to position the green marker and click ‘Place Marker Here’

- Select the type of comment you would like to leave

- Enter your comments and details and click ‘Submit’.

When entering a comment, the interactive map will ask for details including your email address, phone number and home address. These details are for our records and will not be published with your comment. Your information will be stored in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988.

On the left-hand side, there is information on the proposed rail alignment, public road crossings and Condamine floodplain crossing to assist you in leaving feedback.

Thank you for the comments that were submitted on the previous version of the interactive map. They have been recorded and included as part of the EIS process.

We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback with us.

How your feedback is used

We gather information provided during engagement sessions, landowner meetings and stakeholder interactions and provide it to the technical design and environment assessment teams.

Comments submitted to the Coordinator-General during the draft ToR consultation in 2018 were provided to Inland Rail and have been considered in the development of the reference design and ongoing EIS studies.

As we progress the reference design and EIS, we will continue to respond to feedback from the community.

Community drop in sessions

We understand you can't always come in to our Toowoomba office to ask questions about Inland Rail. We will be working in locations along the alignment each month. Keep an eye on our key dates to find out when we'll be in your community.

Alternatively, you can view the proposed rail alignment and leave comments on our interactive map.

Community engagement

Since September 2018, we have engaged with key stakeholders, landowners and the community regarding the development of the reference design and EIS. This engagement centred around the following elements:

  • focused area of investigation
  • alignment development in Millmerran, Millwood and Whetstone
  • Condamine floodplain solution
  • road/rail interface (public road and private crossings)
  • hydrology modelling of catchments across the study area including Gowrie Creek, Westbrook Creek, Pariagara Creek and the Macintyre Brook.
  • social impact assessment
  • noise.

Engagement activities to date have included letters, phone calls and meetings with directly affected landowners, workshops with key stakeholders, community information sessions, a community survey, newsletters, project e-news, interactive map and social media.

You can also contact us during business hours on 1800 732 761 or email us at inlandrailqld@artc.com.au.

Public road crossing design

Between November 2018 to March 2019, we asked landowners and road users for feedback on how they use local roads to inform the design of rail crossings on public roads in the B2G area.

Through our interactive map, drop-in sessions, meetings and pop-up consultation stands, we gathered over 350 pieces of feedback about your travel routes, how often you use local roads and the types of vehicles you use.

This feedback has been included, together with traffic counts and information from local councils and Queensland Government departments on current and expected future transport needs, in designing the crossings. We are also working with road authorities, emergency services and other government agencies.

Any proposed changes to public roads consider safety, sight distances at level crossings, traffic numbers, stacking distances, and if alternative access is available and the distances involved.

All proposed changes are subject to review and approval by the relevant road authorities.

For information about which roads are potentially intersected by the B2G project please visit our interactive map.

Condamine floodplain crossing

Since the release of the proposed Condamine floodplain crossing in late 2018, Inland Rail has continued consultation with landowners and key stakeholders to update the flood model and design of the crossing solution.

The flood model has been expanded to incorporate additional local flow paths, in particular within the Back Creek catchment, and has also been validated against the 2013 flood event. We have undertaken further sensitivity testing on the model to determine how inflows from local creeks may impact water levels and velocities in a 1-in-100 (1% Annual Exceedance Probability (AEP) flood event in order to gain more robust results based on local knowledge. We have also included additional data from the Warwick and Cecil Weir stream gauges, as well as anecdotal data of historic flood events prior to 1921, to improve our flood frequency analysis. These updates have allowed improved understanding of flooding behaviour in the Condamine floodplain but have not resulted in significant changes to the overall model or required considerable updates to the crossing design.

The Condamine floodplain crossing design has been updated to incorporate community feedback. Key changes included:

  • extending the proposed bridge over the North Branch by approximately 250m north
  • moving the proposed Yandilla rail bridge further south and combining with the proposed Grasstree Creek bridge
  • increasing the number of proposed culverts near Yandilla grain silos to ensure the drainage channel to the south of the silos has enough culverts to convey flood water.

The proposed Condamine floodplain crossing solution remains within the existing rail corridor, and now comprises:

  • 6 bridges
  • 6.1km total bridge length
  • Approximately 500 culverts (900mm – 2.1m in diameter).

Assessment of the proposed Condamine floodplain crossing solution using the updated flood model indicates that in a 1% AEP event, the solution is likely to change flood behaviour at 23 private properties that already experience some degree of flooding. This includes changes in peak water levels of 10-50 mm at six houses. We are continuing to work with landowners to develop mitigation measures to minimise and manage any changes to flood behaviour.

You can view the floodplain crossing design here.

The proposed Condamine floodplain crossing solution is subject to assessment as part of the EIS process and may change as a result of conditions of approval, further investigations, or detailed design.

Consultation with affected landowners is ongoing.

Interactive map

We have developed an interactive map to allow the community to view and provide comment on the reference design and to help us get a better understanding of the community’s key queries and concerns about the design.

The interactive map shows the reference design, including details such as the proposed rail alignment, public road and rail crossings, and the project footprint.

Your feedback is valuable. Providing feedback on the interactive map is easy and you can comment anonymously. You can follow these easy steps:

- Find a location within the proposed rail alignment to add a comment

- Click the green ‘Add a Comment’ button

- Drag and zoom to position the green marker and click ‘Place Marker Here’

- Select the type of comment you would like to leave

- Enter your comments and details and click ‘Submit’.

When entering a comment, the interactive map will ask for details including your email address, phone number and home address. These details are for our records and will not be published with your comment. Your information will be stored in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988.

On the left-hand side, there is information on the proposed rail alignment, public road crossings and Condamine floodplain crossing to assist you in leaving feedback.

Thank you for the comments that were submitted on the previous version of the interactive map. They have been recorded and included as part of the EIS process.

We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback with us.

How your feedback is used

We gather information provided during engagement sessions, landowner meetings and stakeholder interactions and provide it to the technical design and environment assessment teams.

Comments submitted to the Coordinator-General during the draft ToR consultation in 2018 were provided to Inland Rail and have been considered in the development of the reference design and ongoing EIS studies.

As we progress the reference design and EIS, we will continue to respond to feedback from the community.

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