The independent flood study panel members, Mark Babister, Tina O’Connell, Ferdinand Diermanse, Steve Clark and Martin Giles collectively have more than 130 years’ experience and will use their knowledge to analyse existing flood models, hydraulic designs and proposed engineering solutions against national and state guidelines and industry best practice.
This process is independent of Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) and the panel is not tasked with reviewing alignment options.
This flood study panel activity complements years of work by world-leading companies to gather the latest data on land use, geomorphology, hydrology and hydraulic modelling. This has included a review initiated by the Southern Darling Downs Community Consultative Committee (CCC) undertaken by Dr John Macintosh, who has found ARTC’s flood modelling to be fit for purpose.
The panel’s conclusions will also inform the Queensland Coordinator-General’s assessment of the Border to Gowrie project’s draft Environmental Impact Statement.
Stakeholders can monitor the panel’s progress through published reports and can make submissions to the panel on matters relating to flood modelling for Inland Rail in Queensland at InlandRailFloodPanel@tmr.qld.gov.au
The Panel is expected to complete their work by the end of 2021. For more information on the independent panel of international experts, including its terms of reference, visit www.inlandrail.gov.au