Helidon to Calvert (Qld)

The Helidon to Calvert (H2C) section is one of 13 projects that complete Inland Rail. This project comprises a new dual gauge rail line connecting Helidon (east of Toowoomba) with Calvert (near Ipswich), via Placid Hills, Gatton, Forest Hill, Laidley and Grandchester. It crosses the two local government areas of Lockyer Valley and Ipswich City.

This approximately 47km section will be delivered under the Gowrie to Kagaru Public Private Partnership and will include a new approximately 850m tunnel to create an efficient route through the steep terrain of the Little Liverpool Range near Laidley.

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:

  • 47.7km of new dual gauge track
  • 850m long tunnel
  • 30 bridges and viaducts, including:
    • 26 rail bridges (with 12 rail bridges crossing roads and 1 grade separated rail bridge crossing rail)
    • 2 road bridges crossing rail in Helidon and Gatton
    • 1 grade separated pedestrian bridge crossing rail in Gatton
  • 4 crossing loops at Helidon, Gatton, Laidley and Calvert.

Current status

On 27 September 2019, we submitted the preliminary draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to the Queensland Office of the Coordinator-General (OCG) to assess its adequacy against the project’s Terms of Reference.

The project team is currently working with OCG to address its feedback and comments on the preliminary draft EIS. Subject to feedback from the OCG, we expect to make the draft EIS available for public comment and submission in mid-2020.

The Coordinator-General’s website has more information about coordinated projects and how projects requiring an EIS are assessed. You will also find there information specific to the Helidon to Calvert project.

We will also provide notification prior to the draft EIS public release and submission period.

Works in your area

The project team continues to carry out a range of environmental, heritage, utility identification and geotechnical investigations throughout the project study area. We thank everyone who has assisted in providing access to properties to carry out these investigations.

Where any additional intrusive works are scheduled in your area, we will continue to advise you in advance of our plans.

Community consultation

Genuine, meaningful and productive community consultation is vital to the success of Inland Rail and we look forward to your continued participation.

Our team has been speaking to increasing numbers of people through various communication channels and events. We have been collecting information through one-on-one discussions, community consultative committee meetings, briefings, meetings, workshops, surveys, research and comments on the interactive map on our website.

Our last round of community consultation sessions was in July 2019, when we presented the outcomes of your feedback and our studies, and how they have been incorporated in the project reference design.

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 H2C as a ‘coordinated project’, triggering a requirement for an environmental impact statement (EIS). The draft terms of reference (TOR) for the EIS have now been prepared by the Coordinator-General.

On 17 March 2017, the Australian Government Minister for the Department of Environment and Energy determined that H2C 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 final TOR for the EIS were released on 5 October 2017.

In January 2018, ARTC 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 area.

FFJV is currently undertaking work that 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 media release.

Next steps

The H2C project is currently in the reference stage.

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

Community Consultative Committee

As part of our open and inclusive approach to engagement, we have established a community consultative committee for the Helidon to Calvert project area. For details of the Committee and meetings, please see the link below:

Interactive Map

We have updated the interactive map for H2C project to include the current design.

You can have your say by simply dropping a pin on the map and adding a comment. This will help us get a better understanding of key issues from a community perspective.

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

Please note the previous version of the map has been archived. For your reference, you can still view it at this link.

Contact us

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

The Helidon to Calvert (H2C) section is one of 13 projects that complete Inland Rail. This project comprises a new dual gauge rail line connecting Helidon (east of Toowoomba) with Calvert (near Ipswich), via Placid Hills, Gatton, Forest Hill, Laidley and Grandchester. It crosses the two local government areas of Lockyer Valley and Ipswich City.

This approximately 47km section will be delivered under the Gowrie to Kagaru Public Private Partnership and will include a new approximately 850m tunnel to create an efficient route through the steep terrain of the Little Liverpool Range near Laidley.

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:

  • 47.7km of new dual gauge track
  • 850m long tunnel
  • 30 bridges and viaducts, including:
    • 26 rail bridges (with 12 rail bridges crossing roads and 1 grade separated rail bridge crossing rail)
    • 2 road bridges crossing rail in Helidon and Gatton
    • 1 grade separated pedestrian bridge crossing rail in Gatton
  • 4 crossing loops at Helidon, Gatton, Laidley and Calvert.

Current status

On 27 September 2019, we submitted the preliminary draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to the Queensland Office of the Coordinator-General (OCG) to assess its adequacy against the project’s Terms of Reference.

The project team is currently working with OCG to address its feedback and comments on the preliminary draft EIS. Subject to feedback from the OCG, we expect to make the draft EIS available for public comment and submission in mid-2020.

The Coordinator-General’s website has more information about coordinated projects and how projects requiring an EIS are assessed. You will also find there information specific to the Helidon to Calvert project.

We will also provide notification prior to the draft EIS public release and submission period.

Works in your area

The project team continues to carry out a range of environmental, heritage, utility identification and geotechnical investigations throughout the project study area. We thank everyone who has assisted in providing access to properties to carry out these investigations.

Where any additional intrusive works are scheduled in your area, we will continue to advise you in advance of our plans.

Community consultation

Genuine, meaningful and productive community consultation is vital to the success of Inland Rail and we look forward to your continued participation.

Our team has been speaking to increasing numbers of people through various communication channels and events. We have been collecting information through one-on-one discussions, community consultative committee meetings, briefings, meetings, workshops, surveys, research and comments on the interactive map on our website.

Our last round of community consultation sessions was in July 2019, when we presented the outcomes of your feedback and our studies, and how they have been incorporated in the project reference design.

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 H2C as a ‘coordinated project’, triggering a requirement for an environmental impact statement (EIS). The draft terms of reference (TOR) for the EIS have now been prepared by the Coordinator-General.

On 17 March 2017, the Australian Government Minister for the Department of Environment and Energy determined that H2C 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 final TOR for the EIS were released on 5 October 2017.

In January 2018, ARTC 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 area.

FFJV is currently undertaking work that 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 media release.

Next steps

The H2C project is currently in the reference stage.

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

Community Consultative Committee

As part of our open and inclusive approach to engagement, we have established a community consultative committee for the Helidon to Calvert project area. For details of the Committee and meetings, please see the link below:

Interactive Map

We have updated the interactive map for H2C project to include the current design.

You can have your say by simply dropping a pin on the map and adding a comment. This will help us get a better understanding of key issues from a community perspective.

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

Please note the previous version of the map has been archived. For your reference, you can still view it at this link.

Contact us

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

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