Works and planning

The Border to Gowrie project comprises approximately 138km of new dual gauge track and approximately 69km of upgraded track and crosses the local government areas of Goondiwindi and Toowoomba.

A two-kilometre-wide study area has progressed to the formal planning and approvals process, following a comprehensive study of four alternative routes. The towns of Millmerran, Brookstead and Pittsworth, and the Wellcamp-Charlton Industrial Precinct are located within this study area.

In late 2019, the proposed project footprint was released, which identifies the area required for the construction and operation of Inland Rail. The project footprint varies in width along the line to accommodate proposed changes to local roads, earthworks, access tracks, and construction material storage and production.

Feedback from the local community and results from field studies have played a key role in determining the proposed footprint. Technical viability, safety, operational restrictions, constructability, environment, and community and property impacts have also been considered in determining the footprint.

Preferred Northern and Central Civil Works Program proponents awarded

In early September 2021, we appointed BHQ Joint Venture (BHQ JV), comprising Brisbane-based companies Bielby Holdings Pty Ltd, JF Hull Holdings Pty Ltd, and QH&M Birt Pty Ltd, as the preferred proponent for the Northern Civil Works Program within the Border to Gowrie section of Inland Rail between Whetstone and Gowrie.

We have now appointed Freight Connect, a consortium led by Laing O’Rourke and including Toowoomba-based FKG Group, as the preferred proponent for the Central Civil Works Program. This section of Inland Rail includes an approximately 85km section between North Star in New South Wales and Whetstone in Queensland, as well as a separate 14km package south of Moree called Narrabri to North Star Phase 2.

BHQ JV and Freight Connect were selected following rigorous evaluation and both demonstrated their capability to deliver the right technical solution while also providing significant lasting benefits for local communities along the alignment.

Next steps

We’re committed to ensuring the design of Inland Rail meets the highest environmental, safety and community standards in line with State and Australian government approval processes.

While appointing preferred proponents prior to receiving planning approvals is common practice, major construction will not start until statutory approvals have been received.

Appointing preferred proponents gives local businesses and regional communities the confidence to get ‘Inland Rail-ready’ now. Visit our supplier page to find out how.

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Two rail workers measuring out materials for concrete sleepers as part of the Inland Rail alignment

Current and upcoming field investigations

Last updated 16 September  2021.

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 Geotechnical investigations Ongoing to late 2021 Macquarie Geotech and ARTC Two or more vehicles driving in the Queensland Rail corridor. Heavy machinery and light vehicles with workers undertaking bore hole drilling, test pits, cone penetration testing and seismic surveys may also be expected.
Millmerran, Inglewood, Canning Creek, Kurumbul Surface water surveys Ongoing AECOM Testing surface water within the creeks and rivers. Non-invasive survey.
NSW/Queensland border to Gowrie Junction Cadastral surveys Early August to late October 2021 RPS Workers surveying boundaries in road reserves, the rail corridor and on private properties.
NSW/Queensland border to Gowrie Junction Ecology surveys September to October 2021 Ausecology Personnel undertaking flora and fauna surveys in road reserves and on private properties.
NSW/Queensland border to Gowrie Junction Soil investigations September to December 2021 Aurecon Personnel undertaking ground and soil condition surveys in road reserves and on private properties.

Watch a fly-through of the project

Get a birds-eye view of the Border to Gowrie project. This video shows the alignment as of February 2020. The fly-through video is for illustration purposes and for discussion and community consultation.

Visualisations

To get a sense of what your community will look like after the project has been completed, check out our visualisations of the proposed design.

Visualisations are for illustrative purposes and not to scale.

Brookstead School

View of the project reference design, looking north-east on Ware Street at Brookstead State School.

Gore Highway, Pampas

View of the project reference design, which follows the existing QR rail corridor, looking south-east from the Gore Highway near the intersection of Brose Lane.

Gowrie Mountain

View of the project reference design, from Linora Drive looking north-west towards the Warrego highway.

Pittsworth

View of the project reference design, looking north-west on Pittsworth Felton Road, towards Oakey-Pittsworth Road and the Gore Highway.

Yelarbon rest area

View of the project reference design, including the proposed alignment within the existing QR rail corridor and Cunningham Highway realignment and road overpass, looking south-west towards Goondiwindi, from the Cunningham Highway near Memorial Park.

Millmerran

View of the project reference design, including proposed alignment and crossing of Millmerran-Inglewood Road, looking north between Commodore Mine and Millmerran township.

Inglewood

View of the project reference design, including proposed alignment and crossing loop, looking north towards Grays Road.

Southbrook

View of the project reference design looking north-east towards Geitz Road, Southbrook.

View of the NSW/Qld Border to Gowrie project reference design looking north-east towards Geitz Road, Southbrook

Route Alignment History

Inland Rail has undergone a progressive route development and selection process since 2006, with each stage refining the focus on what is required to deliver Inland Rail.

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