Border to Gowrie (Qld)

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The Border to Gowrie (B2G) section is one of 13 projects that complete Inland Rail. It comprises approximately 145km of new dual gauge track and 71km of upgraded track from the New South Wales/Queensland border, near Yelarbon, to Gowrie Junction, north west of Toowoomba in Queensland.

This section will connect one of Australia’s most productive farming regions by rail to markets, including to Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth, more quickly, more reliably, in larger volumes and at a lower cost. This will help producers to be more competitive, opening up more market options for them.



Project status

The project is nearing completion of the reference design development phase. Pending project approval from the Australian and Queensland governments, the reference design will be finalised and the detailed design phase of the project will start.

The B2G preliminary draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was sent to the Office of the Coordinator-General (OCG) for review in late 2019. The Queensland Coordinator-General will evaluate our preliminary draft EIS document against the terms of reference (ToR) as well as predicted economic and social impacts, and seek formal submissions from landowners and the community later this year. We will keep you informed about the submissions process.

Reference design

The proposed alignment is one element of the reference design. You can view the proposed rail alignment on our interactive map.

Other elements of the reference design include proposed public road and rail crossings, and the project footprint. The project footprint is the area that may be required for the construction and operation of the Inland Rail. The project footprint varies in width to accommodate proposed changes to local roads, earthworks, access tracks and construction material storage and production.

Information from the community and field studies played a key role in determining the proposed alignment. Other considers included the technical viability, safety, operational restrictions, constructability, environment, and community and property impacts.

For more information about the proposed alignment, public road rail crossings and community feedback in your suburb, please read our local area fact sheets and our visualisations.

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.

Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) progress and investigations

Following acceptance of the ToR in 2018, ARTC has been undertaking investigations for the B2G EIS.

An EIS is a tool the government uses to assess:

  • the current environment in the area of the project
  • potential environmental, economic and social impacts of the project
  • proposals to avoid, minimise, mitigate and/or offset those potential impacts.

The B2G team has been gathering on-site information within the project study area. Numerous environmental and technical investigations, including geotechnical surveys, baseline noise monitoring, Indigenous and European cultural heritage surveys, hydrology studies, traffic counts, and fauna and flora surveys have been carried out. Results of these investigations have informed the development of the EIS and project reference design.

To view upcoming investigation works, you can view our latest notification.

Community consultation

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.

Community Consultative Committees (CCC) – Inner and Southern Darling Downs

To find out more click on your local CCC:

Inner Darling Downs CCC

Southern Darling Downs CCC

The Border to Gowrie (B2G) section is one of 13 projects that complete Inland Rail. It comprises approximately 145km of new dual gauge track and 71km of upgraded track from the New South Wales/Queensland border, near Yelarbon, to Gowrie Junction, north west of Toowoomba in Queensland.

This section will connect one of Australia’s most productive farming regions by rail to markets, including to Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth, more quickly, more reliably, in larger volumes and at a lower cost. This will help producers to be more competitive, opening up more market options for them.



Project status

The project is nearing completion of the reference design development phase. Pending project approval from the Australian and Queensland governments, the reference design will be finalised and the detailed design phase of the project will start.

The B2G preliminary draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was sent to the Office of the Coordinator-General (OCG) for review in late 2019. The Queensland Coordinator-General will evaluate our preliminary draft EIS document against the terms of reference (ToR) as well as predicted economic and social impacts, and seek formal submissions from landowners and the community later this year. We will keep you informed about the submissions process.

Reference design

The proposed alignment is one element of the reference design. You can view the proposed rail alignment on our interactive map.

Other elements of the reference design include proposed public road and rail crossings, and the project footprint. The project footprint is the area that may be required for the construction and operation of the Inland Rail. The project footprint varies in width to accommodate proposed changes to local roads, earthworks, access tracks and construction material storage and production.

Information from the community and field studies played a key role in determining the proposed alignment. Other considers included the technical viability, safety, operational restrictions, constructability, environment, and community and property impacts.

For more information about the proposed alignment, public road rail crossings and community feedback in your suburb, please read our local area fact sheets and our visualisations.

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.

Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) progress and investigations

Following acceptance of the ToR in 2018, ARTC has been undertaking investigations for the B2G EIS.

An EIS is a tool the government uses to assess:

  • the current environment in the area of the project
  • potential environmental, economic and social impacts of the project
  • proposals to avoid, minimise, mitigate and/or offset those potential impacts.

The B2G team has been gathering on-site information within the project study area. Numerous environmental and technical investigations, including geotechnical surveys, baseline noise monitoring, Indigenous and European cultural heritage surveys, hydrology studies, traffic counts, and fauna and flora surveys have been carried out. Results of these investigations have informed the development of the EIS and project reference design.

To view upcoming investigation works, you can view our latest notification.

Community consultation

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.

Community Consultative Committees (CCC) – Inner and Southern Darling Downs

To find out more click on your local CCC:

Inner Darling Downs CCC

Southern Darling Downs CCC

  • Project update

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    Project status

    The Border to Gowrie project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been submitted to the Coordinator-General (CG) and is expected to be released by the CG for public notification later this year.

    The project team has also completed data gathering for the Australian Government in relation to a proposed route via Cecil Plains. This data will be used to assess the route against the project’s service offering. Find out more by visiting the Australian Government’s website.

    Goondiwindi office welcomes new staff member

    Businesses and residents around the NSW/Queensland border will now have even greater access to Inland Rail...

    Project status

    The Border to Gowrie project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been submitted to the Coordinator-General (CG) and is expected to be released by the CG for public notification later this year.

    The project team has also completed data gathering for the Australian Government in relation to a proposed route via Cecil Plains. This data will be used to assess the route against the project’s service offering. Find out more by visiting the Australian Government’s website.

    Goondiwindi office welcomes new staff member

    Businesses and residents around the NSW/Queensland border will now have even greater access to Inland Rail information with the addition of a full-time Stakeholder Engagement Advisor in Goondiwindi.

    Lauren Marer will be based at the Inland Rail office inside the Goondiwindi Business Hub on Marshall Street from Monday to Friday. Lauren is available to meet with businesses and residents in and around the Goondiwindi region. Please click here to contact Lauren by email.

    Out and about

    We value local feedback and knowledge and understand you can’t always visit our office to ask questions about Inland Rail.

    The team visits Pittsworth every fortnight to meet and listen to the local community. You can find us out the front of Woolworths on Yandilla Street from 10am to 1pm. Visit the Border to Gowrie project page for the latest dates.

    If you would like a one-on-one update or arrange a community group presentation, you are welcome to contact the team via 1800 732 761 or inlandrailqld@artc.com.au

  • New Toowoomba office boosts local jobs

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    Federal Member for Groom, Dr John McVeigh opened the larger capacity Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) office and welcomed the increased presence in Toowoomba as a reflection of the importance the region was playing in the design and development of Inland Rail in Queensland.

    “Inland Rail’s fast and reliable freight rail service is going to change the way farmers, producers and manufacturers in Queensland move their goods, opening up new markets and opportunities,” Dr McVeigh said.

    “More than 60 per cent of the Inland Rail investment will be made in Queensland and much of this will be in Toowoomba. As...

    Federal Member for Groom, Dr John McVeigh opened the larger capacity Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) office and welcomed the increased presence in Toowoomba as a reflection of the importance the region was playing in the design and development of Inland Rail in Queensland.

    “Inland Rail’s fast and reliable freight rail service is going to change the way farmers, producers and manufacturers in Queensland move their goods, opening up new markets and opportunities,” Dr McVeigh said.

    “More than 60 per cent of the Inland Rail investment will be made in Queensland and much of this will be in Toowoomba. As we fast become a northern freight and logistics hub, it’s fitting that ARTC increase their presence in town as they work to refine the design of Inland Rail.

    The new office was designed and built by local company WJT Builders and can accommodate up to 40 people, all appropriately distanced.

    “The office will serve as a hub for ARTC’s community engagement for a number of Inland Rail projects and will be critical in providing members of the community with the information they need as Inland Rail gains momentum and becomes a reality in Queensland.”

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said Inland Rail was of huge significance to Queensland and to regional Australia.

    “The Australian Government is committed to growing our regional communities and supporting strong and vibrant regional economies through the creation of local jobs, economic diversification and regional growth – Inland Rail is a prime example of how we are activating our regions.”

  • Latest from your Community Consultative Committee

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    The eighth meeting of the Southern Darling Downs Community Consultative Committee was held face-to-face and online on 28 July 2020 at Yelarbon.

    The meeting was chaired by Graham Clapham and attended by 10 of the11 Committee members. Representatives from federal, state and local government agencies, and seven community members observed the meeting.

    The Committee welcomed new members: Andrew McCartney, representing Southern Queensland Landscapes; Robert Webb representing Goondiwindi Chamber of Commerce; and Kev Loveday. New and returning members provided information about community groups they are representing, their acceptance of the Committee’s charter and what they would like shared at meetings.

    Representatives...

    The eighth meeting of the Southern Darling Downs Community Consultative Committee was held face-to-face and online on 28 July 2020 at Yelarbon.

    The meeting was chaired by Graham Clapham and attended by 10 of the11 Committee members. Representatives from federal, state and local government agencies, and seven community members observed the meeting.

    The Committee welcomed new members: Andrew McCartney, representing Southern Queensland Landscapes; Robert Webb representing Goondiwindi Chamber of Commerce; and Kev Loveday. New and returning members provided information about community groups they are representing, their acceptance of the Committee’s charter and what they would like shared at meetings.

    Representatives from the Coordinator-General updated the Committee on the project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process including the public notification period, how to make a submission to the Coordinator-General and the EIS decision-making process. It was an interactive session where Committee members were invited to ask questions relevant to the EIS process.

    A representative from the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications updated the Committee on the independent flood panel. The panel will review the models for 21 Queensland catchments and provide advice on how they compare against national standards.

    The Committee was also informed that ARTC has been tasked with gathering data for the government in relation to a proposed route via Cecil Plains. This data will be used to assess the route against the project’s service offering. The Australian Government will appoint an independent consultant to review the data and provide a report to government for consideration and decision.

    The Australian Government is still determining when and how the independent flood panel and route review information is shared with the community, however they are working on it as a matter of urgency. Several questions were taken on notice and Committee members will be provided with more information in coming weeks.

    Inland Rail also presented an update on the Border to Gowrie and North Star to NSW/Queensland Border projects, including the status of each project’s EIS, upcoming field investigations and business capability workshops in the Goondiwindi region.

    Upcoming meetings

    Keep an eye on our webpage for upcoming meetings as COVID-19 restrictions continue to evolve.

  • Inland Rail donation puts Gummingurru artefacts in the spotlight

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    Gummingurru Aboriginal Corporation spokesperson Shannon Bauwens said traditional owners were sorting through hundreds of artefacts before deciding which would appear in the new display cabinet.

    “We consulted with experienced curators about where they had sourced their display cabinets and they gave us a contact to have a specialised museum-grade case with internal lighting made for our artefacts,” Mr Bauwens said.

    “We are now seeking additional investment to build Gummingurru into a world class cultural experience,” he said. “We want to display the best examples of indigenous culture we have so it has also given us a renewed focus on cataloguing...

    Gummingurru Aboriginal Corporation spokesperson Shannon Bauwens said traditional owners were sorting through hundreds of artefacts before deciding which would appear in the new display cabinet.

    “We consulted with experienced curators about where they had sourced their display cabinets and they gave us a contact to have a specialised museum-grade case with internal lighting made for our artefacts,” Mr Bauwens said.

    “We are now seeking additional investment to build Gummingurru into a world class cultural experience,” he said. “We want to display the best examples of indigenous culture we have so it has also given us a renewed focus on cataloguing the artefacts. We have hundreds to sort through before we will make a final decision on what will go on display.

    “Grants like this one from Inland Rail will help us to continue to ‘resurrect’ and protect the site. As custodians we want all Australians interested in learning about Aboriginal culture and heritage to be able to visit the site,” Mr Bauwens said.

    More than $319,000 in grants have been awarded to schools, volunteer groups and associations along the alignment as part of Inland Rail’s commitment to supporting local and regional prosperity, wellbeing and sustainability.

    ARTC Inland Rail Director Engagement Environment and Property Rebecca Pickering said the Community Sponsorships and Donations program is a key commitment to ensure regional communities benefit from this unique project.

    “With Inland Rail already delivering jobs confidence and local business uplift in communities along the rail corridor, the Sponsorships and Donations program is keeping the heart of our regional communities ticking by supporting volunteers, sporting groups and students alike,” Ms Pickering said.

    For program terms and conditions and to access an application form, visit our websiteor email enquiries to IRCommunitySponsorships@ARTC.com.au

  • Current and upcoming field investigations

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    Field investigations and surveys will occur on public land, road reserves and the Queensland Rail corridor. Investigations on private property will be arranged on a voluntary basis with individual landowners. All investigations are weather permitting.

    Current and upcoming field investigations:

    Location/s

    Type of work

    Timing

    Contractor

    What to expect

    NSW/Queensland border to Gowrie Junction

    Water surveys

    Ongoing

    ARTC

    Contacting landowners to better understand how water is collected and used on properties.

    NSW/ Queensland border to Gowrie Junction

    Identifying potential locations for geotechnical surveys

    Until September 2020

    ARTC

    One vehicle with two people visually inspecting and photographing sites.

    South Western line...

    Field investigations and surveys will occur on public land, road reserves and the Queensland Rail corridor. Investigations on private property will be arranged on a voluntary basis with individual landowners. All investigations are weather permitting.

    Current and upcoming field investigations:

    Location/s

    Type of work

    Timing

    Contractor

    What to expect

    NSW/Queensland border to Gowrie Junction

    Water surveys

    Ongoing

    ARTC

    Contacting landowners to better understand how water is collected and used on properties.

    NSW/ Queensland border to Gowrie Junction

    Identifying potential locations for geotechnical surveys

    Until September 2020

    ARTC

    One vehicle with two people visually inspecting and photographing sites.

    South Western line, Millmerran branch line and tie in with the West Moreton line

    Terrestrial ecology

    September to November 2020

    Cardno

    One or two vehicles with two people carrying out walk-throughs and visually inspecting and photographing sites.

    NSW/Queensland border to Gowrie Junction

    Validating existing survey reference marks

    August to September 2020

    RPS Australia

    Two surveyors and a couple of vehicles using a real time kinematic (RTK) GPS rover unit.

  • Project update

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    21 July, 2020

    We are consulting with the Coordinator-General to determine the most appropriate level of engagement to support the Border to Gowrie project Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) public notification period, subject to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions.

    The project team will also continue to gather data for the Australian Government in relation to the proposed route via Cecil Plains. This data will be used to assess the route against the Inland Rail service offering. The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications will be appointing an independent consultant to review the data and provide a report to the government for consideration.

    Out
    ...

    We are consulting with the Coordinator-General to determine the most appropriate level of engagement to support the Border to Gowrie project Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) public notification period, subject to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions.

    The project team will also continue to gather data for the Australian Government in relation to the proposed route via Cecil Plains. This data will be used to assess the route against the Inland Rail service offering. The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications will be appointing an independent consultant to review the data and provide a report to the government for consideration.

    Out and about

    We value local feedback and knowledge and understand you can’t always come into our Toowoomba office to ask questions about Inland Rail. With restrictions around COVID-19 easing, we’re excited to be back in the community on a more regular basis.

    For more information about when we’ll be in Pittsworth and Goondiwindi, please check our upcoming events.

    If you would like a one-on-one update on what’s happening in your area, please contact the team to arrange a meeting. We are also available to present to community groups.

    We understand and appreciate that some communities may still have concerns or queries about aspects of this project. We encourage people to reach out because we want to get the Border to Gowrie project right.

  • Independent flood modelling panel announced

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    21 July, 2020

    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...

    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

  • Community Consultative Committee update

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    21 July, 2020

    The tenth meeting of the Inner Darling Downs Community Consultative Committee was held online on 23 June 2020. Chaired by Bill Armagnacq, the meeting was attended by 12 of the 14 Committee members and representatives from federal, state and local government agencies, and observed by two elected representatives.

    Drue Edwards, from the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, and Communications, updated the Committee on the independent flood panel and the forestry route review.

    Committee member Paul Hanlon, representing the Pittsworth community, presented a summary of feedback he has received on the reference design at Pittsworth. Paul asked Inland Rail to...

    The tenth meeting of the Inner Darling Downs Community Consultative Committee was held online on 23 June 2020. Chaired by Bill Armagnacq, the meeting was attended by 12 of the 14 Committee members and representatives from federal, state and local government agencies, and observed by two elected representatives.

    Drue Edwards, from the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, and Communications, updated the Committee on the independent flood panel and the forestry route review.

    Committee member Paul Hanlon, representing the Pittsworth community, presented a summary of feedback he has received on the reference design at Pittsworth. Paul asked Inland Rail to consider lowering the proposed rail line to improve noise and visual impacts on the Pittsworth community.

    A full version of the Chair’s summary is available here.

    If you would like to raise questions at a Committee meeting or follow up meeting discussions, please contact any of the Committee members. Contact details can be found here.

    From August 2020, both the Southern Darling Downs and Inner Darling Downs community consultative committee meetings are expected to be opened to observers (COVID-19 restrictions permitting).

  • Australian Government names Inland Rail as a priority project

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    21 July, 2020

    We welcome the Australian Government's announcement to streamline environmental approval processes as we work to create the right enabling environment to help us continue to deliver Inland Rail. The streamlining measures target a further 25 per cent reduction in Commonwealth assessments and approval times by the end of the year, without compromising regulatory requirements and community consultation processes.

    With intergovernmental agreements signed with Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland state governments, Inland Rail has strong support to get on with delivering a fast freight backbone that will transform how we move goods around Australia.

    We are committed to ensuring our...

    We welcome the Australian Government's announcement to streamline environmental approval processes as we work to create the right enabling environment to help us continue to deliver Inland Rail. The streamlining measures target a further 25 per cent reduction in Commonwealth assessments and approval times by the end of the year, without compromising regulatory requirements and community consultation processes.

    With intergovernmental agreements signed with Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland state governments, Inland Rail has strong support to get on with delivering a fast freight backbone that will transform how we move goods around Australia.

    We are committed to ensuring our design meets the highest environmental, safety and community standards in line with state and Commonwealth approval processes. Robust community consultation, environmental and hydrology processes will continue as we strive to make our work visible and provide you with the best possible information about how Inland Rail will be built.

  • Toowoomba business community is ‘on demand’

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    21 July, 2020

    Last month, Business@Dusk, an initiative of Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce and the University of Southern Queensland, featured an insightful presentation from North Star to Gowrie Project Director, Rob McNamara about the opportunities Inland Rail brings to the greater Toowoomba region.

    Panel members including small business owner, Dan Farquhar and state government representative, Kristian Rose discussed the importance of major infrastructure projects for communities and the ‘multiplier effect’ these provide for local businesses. Local content policies, upskilling through training and education programs, and simplifying the procurement process were other relevant topics discussed by the panel.

    To see the Business@Dusk ‘on demand’...

    Last month, Business@Dusk, an initiative of Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce and the University of Southern Queensland, featured an insightful presentation from North Star to Gowrie Project Director, Rob McNamara about the opportunities Inland Rail brings to the greater Toowoomba region.

    Panel members including small business owner, Dan Farquhar and state government representative, Kristian Rose discussed the importance of major infrastructure projects for communities and the ‘multiplier effect’ these provide for local businesses. Local content policies, upskilling through training and education programs, and simplifying the procurement process were other relevant topics discussed by the panel.

    To see the Business@Dusk ‘on demand’ Inland Rail episode, click here.