Gowrie to Helidon (Qld)

The Gowrie to Helidon (G2H) section is one of 13 projects that complete Inland Rail. This project comprises 28km of new dual gauge track between Gowrie (north-west of Toowoomba) and Helidon (east of Toowoomba). It crosses the two Local Government Areas of Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley.

G2H will be delivered under the Gowrie to Kagaru Public Private Partnership and will include a new approximately 6km tunnel, as well as a number of significant viaducts and cuttings, to create an efficient route through the steep terrain of the Toowoomba Range.

The alignment

This section uses the existing rail corridor and the Department of Transport and Main Roads’ Gowrie to Grandchester protected rail corridor, with possible refinements being considered within a defined study area.

The project includes:

  • 28km of new dual gauge track
  • 1 tunnel – approximately 6km long
  • 13 bridge and viaduct structures (6.7km in total length)
  • 3 crossing loops

Community consultation

Community consultation is vital to the success of Inland Rail and we welcome your participation.

We held community information sessions in August to discuss findings relating to the rail alignment, feasibility design and engineering. Concept visualisations of the design were available, as well as various technical specialists to explain the details and answer questions. The latest G2H project flythrough video is also available for you to view.

Since January 2019, our team has been speaking to hundreds of people through various communication channels and events. We have been collecting information through one-on-one discussions, briefings, meetings, workshops, surveys, research and comments on the interactive map on our website. For details, watch the July project update video.

In November 2018, we held staffed information displays in Gatton, Yamanto and Toowoomba to speak to the community about the preliminary horizontal alignment. The Gowrie to Helidon project consultation webpage contains detailed information and how you can continue to provide your contribution.

An overview of the EIS community engagement and consultation program, as well as the associated EIS technical studies, can be viewed here.

We will continue to work closely with landowners along the existing corridor of the project as well as key stakeholders such as your local Council.

Progress

In 2016, ARTC undertook a Concept Assessment of the preferred alignment. During this phase, we engaged with landowners, local councils, peak bodies and local businesses and conducted information sessions with the local community. Initial environmental and engineering investigations were also part of the Concept Assessment.

On 16 March 2017, the Queensland Coordinator-General declared G2H as a ‘coordinated project’, triggering a requirement for an environmental impact statement (EIS).

On 17 March 2017, the Australian Government Minister for the Department of Environment and Energy determined that G2H will require approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cwlth) (EPBC Act) before it can proceed. Under the terms of the assessment bilateral agreement between the Queensland and Australian Governments, the Australian Government included TOR relevant to the EPBC Act, and will rely on the outcomes of this EIS process in making decisions on approvals.

The public comment period on the draft TOR was open between 6 May 2017 and 5 June 2017.

The final TOR for EIS was released on 9 August 2017.

ARTC has awarded an engineering and environmental investigation contract to Future Freight Joint Venture (FFJV), a joint venture between Aecom and Aurecon for the Gowrie to Kagaru project areas. The work to be undertaken by FFJV will provide greater understanding of the local geography, hydrology, flora and fauna, as well as air quality, noise and social factors. These elements will further assist detailed design work. For further information, view the full release.

Next steps

The G2H project is currently in the Reference stage.

We are in the process of developing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Gowrie to Helidon section.

Works in your area

From early April 2018, the project team carried out a range of investigations throughout the project study area, including geotechnical, flooding and hydrology, ecological, noise, air quality and vibration, land, utility identification and heritage studies. These investigations will continue into quarter three of 2019.

To find out more about the different types of studies and how they are carried out, please view the:

Community Consultative Committees

ARTC has established two community consultative committees for the Gowrie to Helidon project area. For details of the Committees and meetings, please see the links below:

Interactive Map

We have developed an interactive map covering the Gowrie to Helidon project, to help us get a better understanding of key issues from a community perspective.

The interactive map allows members of the public to have their say by simply dropping a pin on the map and adding a comment.

The map shows the current design. As the project continues to develop, the map will be updated to reflect the latest design.

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

Access the interactive map here.

Contact us

You can have your questions answered about the project by contacting us directly, or asking us a question.

The Gowrie to Helidon (G2H) section is one of 13 projects that complete Inland Rail. This project comprises 28km of new dual gauge track between Gowrie (north-west of Toowoomba) and Helidon (east of Toowoomba). It crosses the two Local Government Areas of Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley.

G2H will be delivered under the Gowrie to Kagaru Public Private Partnership and will include a new approximately 6km tunnel, as well as a number of significant viaducts and cuttings, to create an efficient route through the steep terrain of the Toowoomba Range.

The alignment

This section uses the existing rail corridor and the Department of Transport and Main Roads’ Gowrie to Grandchester protected rail corridor, with possible refinements being considered within a defined study area.

The project includes:

  • 28km of new dual gauge track
  • 1 tunnel – approximately 6km long
  • 13 bridge and viaduct structures (6.7km in total length)
  • 3 crossing loops

Community consultation

Community consultation is vital to the success of Inland Rail and we welcome your participation.

We held community information sessions in August to discuss findings relating to the rail alignment, feasibility design and engineering. Concept visualisations of the design were available, as well as various technical specialists to explain the details and answer questions. The latest G2H project flythrough video is also available for you to view.

Since January 2019, our team has been speaking to hundreds of people through various communication channels and events. We have been collecting information through one-on-one discussions, briefings, meetings, workshops, surveys, research and comments on the interactive map on our website. For details, watch the July project update video.

In November 2018, we held staffed information displays in Gatton, Yamanto and Toowoomba to speak to the community about the preliminary horizontal alignment. The Gowrie to Helidon project consultation webpage contains detailed information and how you can continue to provide your contribution.

An overview of the EIS community engagement and consultation program, as well as the associated EIS technical studies, can be viewed here.

We will continue to work closely with landowners along the existing corridor of the project as well as key stakeholders such as your local Council.

Progress

In 2016, ARTC undertook a Concept Assessment of the preferred alignment. During this phase, we engaged with landowners, local councils, peak bodies and local businesses and conducted information sessions with the local community. Initial environmental and engineering investigations were also part of the Concept Assessment.

On 16 March 2017, the Queensland Coordinator-General declared G2H as a ‘coordinated project’, triggering a requirement for an environmental impact statement (EIS).

On 17 March 2017, the Australian Government Minister for the Department of Environment and Energy determined that G2H will require approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cwlth) (EPBC Act) before it can proceed. Under the terms of the assessment bilateral agreement between the Queensland and Australian Governments, the Australian Government included TOR relevant to the EPBC Act, and will rely on the outcomes of this EIS process in making decisions on approvals.

The public comment period on the draft TOR was open between 6 May 2017 and 5 June 2017.

The final TOR for EIS was released on 9 August 2017.

ARTC has awarded an engineering and environmental investigation contract to Future Freight Joint Venture (FFJV), a joint venture between Aecom and Aurecon for the Gowrie to Kagaru project areas. The work to be undertaken by FFJV will provide greater understanding of the local geography, hydrology, flora and fauna, as well as air quality, noise and social factors. These elements will further assist detailed design work. For further information, view the full release.

Next steps

The G2H project is currently in the Reference stage.

We are in the process of developing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Gowrie to Helidon section.

Works in your area

From early April 2018, the project team carried out a range of investigations throughout the project study area, including geotechnical, flooding and hydrology, ecological, noise, air quality and vibration, land, utility identification and heritage studies. These investigations will continue into quarter three of 2019.

To find out more about the different types of studies and how they are carried out, please view the:

Community Consultative Committees

ARTC has established two community consultative committees for the Gowrie to Helidon project area. For details of the Committees and meetings, please see the links below:

Interactive Map

We have developed an interactive map covering the Gowrie to Helidon project, to help us get a better understanding of key issues from a community perspective.

The interactive map allows members of the public to have their say by simply dropping a pin on the map and adding a comment.

The map shows the current design. As the project continues to develop, the map will be updated to reflect the latest design.

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

Access the interactive map here.

Contact us

You can have your questions answered about the project by contacting us directly, or asking us a question.