Queensland Inland Rail Environmental Impact Statements on public exhibition

Monday 25 January 2021

Local residents and stakeholders are invited to submit their feedback on the draft Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) for two sections of Inland Rail in Queensland.

The draft EIS for sections of Inland Rail between the NSW/Queensland border and Gowrie (B2G) and Calvert to Kagaru (C2K) have been released for public exhibition as part of the regulatory approval process.

The Queensland Office of the Coordinator-General released the Calvert to Kagaru EIS in December 2020 and is seeking submissions before the closing date of 8 March 2021.

The Border to Gowrie EIS was released on 23 January 2021 and examines the selected route reaffirmed by the route review in 2020. The EIS for Border to Gowrie is now open for comment until 19 April 2021.

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is supporting local communities and stakeholders to engage in the EIS by making copies of the documents available at local councils and libraries, and hosting information sessions along those sections of Inland Rail’s alignment.

With two out of five Queensland projects at a critical stage in their approval process, this is an opportunity for communities, residents and business owners to contribute to Inland Rail’s design and delivery in the region.

To provide further assurance to Queenslanders, an independent panel of experts is also reviewing the flood modelling and reference designs against national guidelines and industry best practice.

In finalising its advice to governments the expert Panel for Flood Studies will take into consideration all relevant submissions made during the EIS exhibition periods.

Specific information or concerns related to flooding impacts or the movement of water around the Inland Rail alignment should also be provided to the Panel via their dedicated email address InlandRailFloodPanel@tmr.qld.gov.au

Find out where you can view the draft EIS for the Calvert to Kagaru and Border to Gowrie sections on the ARTC Inland Rail website and read the ministerial announcement.