The Gowrie to Helidon project is in the reference design stage


Site investigations, environmental assessments and field studies continue to occur during the reference design stage as we consult with landowners, councils and other key stakeholders.

As the Gowrie to Helidon project has been declared a ‘coordinated project’ by the Queensland Office of the Coordinator-General (OCG), Inland Rail are required to submit an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

In June 2020, we submitted the preliminary draft EIS to the OCG.

Upon receiving feedback from the OCG, our team will work to address any issues raised.

The Gowrie to Helidon project also requires approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cwlth) (EPBC Act) before it can proceed. The outcomes of the EIS will determine the process in making decisions on approvals.

The draft EIS is expected to be available for public comment and submission in early 2021.

Engineering and environmental investigations

Future Freight Joint Venture (FFJV) has been awarded a contract to undertake engineering and environmental investigations for the Gowrie to Helidon section of Inland Rail.

The work FFJV is undertaking will provide the Inland Rail team with a greater understanding of the local geography, hydrology, flora and fauna, as well as air quality, noise and social factors.

These elements will help us progress the detailed design for this project.

ARTC drilling site on a property owned by Teen Challenge, near Toowoomba.

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