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Inland Rail - Gowrie to Helidon

Project overview*

EIS statusEIS active
Description28 kilometre single-track dual-gauge freight railway
ProponentAustralian Rail Track Corporation Limited
Location/sGowrie to Helidon through the Toowoomba Range. Map
Local government/s
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
  • Toowoomba Regional Council
Investment$1.35 billion
Key features
  • 28 kilometre single-track dual-gauge freight rail line to accommodate double stack freight trains up to 1800 metres long
  • a 6.3 kilometre tunnel through the Toowoomba Range
  • construction of rail infrastructure, culverts, bridges and viaducts and crossing loops
  • connection to the existing West Moreton Railway Line
  • ancillary works including road and public utility crossings and realignments.
Expected completion2025
Jobs
  • 1800 (construction)
  • TBA (operational)

* Project information supplied by proponent and subject to change.

Environmental impact statement (EIS) process

DateActivity
CurrentlyDraft EIS being prepared by the proponent.
27 November 2020Coordinator-General stated a new project declaration lapse date of 1 February 2022.
11 November 2019Coordinator-General stated a new project declaration lapse date of 1 December 2020.
8 October 2019Coordinator-General stated a new project declaration lapse date of 11 November 2019.
8 February 2019Coordinator-General stated a new project declaration lapse date of 9 October 2019.
9 August 2017Terms of reference for EIS (PDF icon 319 KB) released.
6 May 2017 to 5 June 2017Draft terms of reference for EIS public consultation (PDF icon 284 KB).
17 March 2017The delegate for the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment and Energy decided the project is a 'controlled action'. {fancybox width="330" height="150" title="Controlled action"} {link} More information {/link} {content} {/content} {/fancybox}
16 March 2017Gazettal (PDF icon 240 KB) of ‘coordinated project’ declaration.
15 February 2017Application, including initial advice statement (PDF icon 18 MB), submitted.
10 February 2017Project referred to Commonwealth Minister for the Environment and Energy

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Further information

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Last updated: Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019