Border to Gowrie field investigations are increasing over the coming months. Thanks to the many landowners for their cooperation and permission to access their properties to complete this vital work. The project web page will be updated with the details of relevant contractors as contracts are awarded.
Terrestrial ecology field survey
This includes a terrestrial ecology field survey and assessment of the Border to Gowrie project footprint. Works will include conducting protected plant and biosecurity surveys. Winter (July) and Spring (September/ October) field surveys are proposed.
Geotechnical data collection will be active across the corridor for the next year. Works will include creating access tracks, borehole drilling, auger hole drilling, ground vibration testing, geological mapping surveys, trench pit soil sampling, cone penetration testing. Investigation data will inform detailed design of earthworks and foundations for structures.
Indigenous Cultural heritage surveys
These surveys may involve up to 10 workers carrying out walk-throughs.
Landowners adjacent to the project alignment will be contacted in coming weeks to clarify our understanding of how their water infrastructure assets (such as bores and dams) collect water. This survey builds on information shared during the focused area of investigation engagement.
While there are no other field studies or site investigations scheduled there may be a need to undertake further investigations throughout the period. If additional work is required, we will update this notification on the Border to Gowrie project page.
What to expect
- white wooden pegs used to mark out investigation sites
- vehicle and machinery movements in the study area and on local roads
- machinery left at investigation sites overnight
- consultants completing ‘walk-throughs’ on private and public land
- investigations and post-drilling site management within road reserves and the rail corridor (to be undertaken in accordance with Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland Rail and council approvals).
Investigations will be undertaken between 6.30am and 6.30pm, Monday to Sunday, weather permitting.
If you would like more information about our environmental field studies, please visit inlandrail.artc.com.au/B2G