Helidon to Calvert (Qld)

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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.

  • Federal Government names Inland Rail as a priority project

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    about 1 month ago

    Inland Rail is one of 15 major infrastructure projects to be prioritised for approval under a bilateral arrangement between the Federal Government, State and Territory governments.

    Joint working groups have been tasked with assessing ways to accelerate approvals for these projects.

    We welcome the Federal Government's announcement as we work to create the right enabling environment to help us continue to deliver Inland Rail.

    With Intergovernmental agreements signed with Victoria, NSW 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...

    Inland Rail is one of 15 major infrastructure projects to be prioritised for approval under a bilateral arrangement between the Federal Government, State and Territory governments.

    Joint working groups have been tasked with assessing ways to accelerate approvals for these projects.

    We welcome the Federal Government's announcement as we work to create the right enabling environment to help us continue to deliver Inland Rail.

    With Intergovernmental agreements signed with Victoria, NSW 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 and giving the public access to the best possible information about how Inland Rail will be built.

  • Come along to Community Consultative Committee meetings

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    about 1 month ago

    With Covid-19 restrictions easing across Queensland, the next Scenic Rim and Lockyer Valley Community Consultative Committees (CCC) will be held in person.

    Due to Covid-19, observers must register their interest to attend these meetings either via email at inlandrailqld@artc.com.auor calling us on 1800 732 761.

    Both meetings are scheduled in July. Details are as follows:

    Scenic Rim CCC
    Date: Thursday 16 July 2020
    Time: 5:30pm – 8pm
    Venue: Boonah Golf Club, 99 Bruckner Hill Road, Dugandan
    RSVP by Friday 10 July.

    Lockyer Valley CCC
    Date: Tuesday 21 July 2020
    Time: 6pm – 8pm
    Venue: Grantham Butter Factory, 6...

    With Covid-19 restrictions easing across Queensland, the next Scenic Rim and Lockyer Valley Community Consultative Committees (CCC) will be held in person.

    Due to Covid-19, observers must register their interest to attend these meetings either via email at inlandrailqld@artc.com.auor calling us on 1800 732 761.

    Both meetings are scheduled in July. Details are as follows:

    Scenic Rim CCC
    Date: Thursday 16 July 2020
    Time: 5:30pm – 8pm
    Venue: Boonah Golf Club, 99 Bruckner Hill Road, Dugandan
    RSVP by Friday 10 July.

    Lockyer Valley CCC
    Date: Tuesday 21 July 2020
    Time: 6pm – 8pm
    Venue: Grantham Butter Factory, 6 Victor Street, Grantham
    RSVP by Friday 17 July

    Meeting agendas for each CCC will shortly be available on the Scenic Rim CCC and Lockyer Valley CCC webpages.

    Inner Darling Downs CCC
    The Inner Darling Downs CCC held its most recent meeting Tuesday 23 June. The Chair's summary of the meeting and meeting minutes will soon be available on the Inner Darling Downs CCC webpage.

  • Local community groups welcome grant funding

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    about 1 month ago

    Four Gowrie to Kagaru community groups recently benefited from grant funding as part of our Sponsorships and
    Donations program.

    Toowoomba Lapidary Club received funds to help purchase a defibrilator for its premises.

    Toowoomba PCYC received support to train volunteers who will assist at risk local youth obtain driving licences.

    Grandchester State School has received support to purchase much needed kitchen utensils for an outdoor cooking facility.

    Lockyer Valley Netball Association received a grant funding contribution toward the purchase of grandstand seating.

    While we are still accepting applications for the next round, with government social distancing measures expected to remain in...

    Four Gowrie to Kagaru community groups recently benefited from grant funding as part of our Sponsorships and
    Donations program.

    Toowoomba Lapidary Club received funds to help purchase a defibrilator for its premises.

    Toowoomba PCYC received support to train volunteers who will assist at risk local youth obtain driving licences.

    Grandchester State School has received support to purchase much needed kitchen utensils for an outdoor cooking facility.

    Lockyer Valley Netball Association received a grant funding contribution toward the purchase of grandstand seating.

    While we are still accepting applications for the next round, with government social distancing measures expected to remain in place for the foreseeable future, we will only fund events and activities that comply with state restrictions.

    All current round applications for events involving mass gatherings will be held over until the next round of applications, which close Friday 31 July.

    For more information about eligibility requirements, application and assessment processes, and terms and conditions of funding, please visit inlandrail.artc.com.au/sponsorships, or email IRCommunitySponsorships@artc.com.au

  • Upcoming works notification

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    about 1 month ago

    Our teams will be out in the field to undertake geotechnical investigations to inform the project's reference design phase.

    These investigations will provide information and data on soil and rock types in and around the proposed Inland Rail alignment. Investigations will occur on public land, private property, 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.

    Surveying ground conditions from the air

    We will be using a light aircraft equipped with aerial laser measurement technology to capture ground surface survey data along the...

    Our teams will be out in the field to undertake geotechnical investigations to inform the project's reference design phase.

    These investigations will provide information and data on soil and rock types in and around the proposed Inland Rail alignment. Investigations will occur on public land, private property, 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.

    Surveying ground conditions from the air

    We will be using a light aircraft equipped with aerial laser measurement technology to capture ground surface survey data along the alignment from North Star (NSW) to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton (QLD).

    You may notice a twin-engine light commercial aircraft flying parallel to the proposed rail route. Some survey personnel will carry out ground validation checks from the roadway. This work will be carried out by ARTC and our contractor.

    What to expect during investigation works

    • white wooden pegs used to mark out investigation sites
    • vehicle and machinery movements, including truck mounted drilling rigs and excavators with support vehicles
    • equipment left at investigation sites overnight
    • consultants completing ‘walkovers’ on private and
      public land
    • light aircraft flying at +600m above the ground, sometimes making multiple fly-overs.

    We recognise that these investigation activities may cause noise and dust impacts for some landowners and we will make every effort to minimise these impacts.

    Investigations will be undertaken between 7am and 6pm, Monday to Friday, weather permitting.

  • Environmental Impact Statements progressing - you can still have a say

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    about 1 month ago

    Work on the Gowrie to Helidon, Helidon to Calvert and Calvert to Kagaru Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) continues.

    The Gowrie to Helidon project submitted its preliminary draft EIS to the Queensland Office of Coordinator-General for adequacy review in June and is now addressing feedback and comments.

    The Helidon to Calvert and Calvert to Kagaru projects are continuing to work with OCG to address its adequacy feedback and comments on the preliminary draft EIS prior to it being publicly released.

    Work on the Gowrie to Helidon, Helidon to Calvert and Calvert to Kagaru Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) continues.

    The Gowrie to Helidon project submitted its preliminary draft EIS to the Queensland Office of Coordinator-General for adequacy review in June and is now addressing feedback and comments.

    The Helidon to Calvert and Calvert to Kagaru projects are continuing to work with OCG to address its adequacy feedback and comments on the preliminary draft EIS prior to it being publicly released.

  • Helidon to Calvert newsletter out now

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    about 1 month ago

    The latest Helidon to Calvert project newsletter was letterbox dropped in June.

    Highlights include how we've used your feedback to make the proposed road and rail crossings in Helidon, Gatton and Forest Hillsafer, progress we've made with the draft Environmental Impact Statement, and how we've helped a Gatton-based community organisation stay open.

    Find out more

    The latest Helidon to Calvert project newsletter was letterbox dropped in June.

    Highlights include how we've used your feedback to make the proposed road and rail crossings in Helidon, Gatton and Forest Hillsafer, progress we've made with the draft Environmental Impact Statement, and how we've helped a Gatton-based community organisation stay open.

    Find out more