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 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 also 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 86km 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.
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.
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Current and upcoming field investigations
Last updated 30 August 2023.
|Location/s||Type of work||Timing||Contractor||What to expect|
|NSW/Queensland border to Gowrie Junction||Ecology surveys||Ongoing||Ausecology||Contractor conducting walk overs on properties located on and near the alignment, as agreed.|
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.
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.
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.
View of the project reference design, from Linora Drive looking north-west towards the Warrego highway.
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.
View of the project reference design, including proposed alignment and crossing of Millmerran-Inglewood Road, looking north between Commodore Mine and Millmerran township.
View of the project reference design, including proposed alignment and crossing loop, looking north towards Grays Road.
View of the project reference design looking north-east towards Geitz Road, Southbrook.
November 22, 2023
Border to Gowrie section update November 2023
Since our last update in June, in line with the Australian Government’s Independent Review of Inland Rail recommendations, work has progressed on key areas of the NSW/Qld Border to Gowrie section’s revised draft EIS for submission to Queensland’s Coordinator-General.
September 27, 2023
Important – Fire ant emergency order
On 16 August 2023, the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) issued an NSW Biosecurity Emergency Order placing restrictions on the movement of fire ant carrier materials from known fire ant infested areas in Queensland into NSW.
June 8, 2023
Border to Gowrie section update June 2023
In line with the Australian Government’s response to the independent review of the Inland Rail program, we are now taking a staged approach to deliver Inland Rail. The sections of Inland Rail between Beveridge in Victoria and Parkes in New South Wales have been prioritised for completion by 2027. Works to complete construction works underway on the Narrabri to North Star Phase 1 project will continue.