Inland Rail – Calvert to Kagaru - Frequently Asked Questions
The draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Inland Rail – Calvert to Kagaru project has been released for public comment. Following are Frequently Asked Questions and some answers about the EIS assessment process.
Next step in the environmental impact statement process
The draft EIS has been released for public comment. The draft EIS includes sufficient information in response to the terms of reference set for the purposes of public notification.
The release of the draft EIS does not mean that the findings or outcomes have been accepted.
Once community input has been received during public notification, a decision will be made on if any additional information is needed from the proponent before the EIS is evaluated.
No. The draft EIS is the next stage of the EIS process. More information on the EIS process.
Yes. The project proponent the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has prepared a draft EIS which has been released for public notification and comment.
Members of public are invited to make a submission on the draft EIS, including on the project’s potential environmental impacts and the effectiveness of the measures proposed to manage those impacts.
A submission must be ‘properly’ made and relevant to the project but can be in any format – a letter, an email to the project mailbox or using the online Citizen Space tool.
Submissions should address a particular section of the EIS, raise a specific issue and suggest a possible solution.
For a submission to be ‘properly made’, it must:
- be made to the Coordinator-General in writing
- be received on or before the last day of the submission period
- be signed by each person who makes the submission (or submitted online or by email)
- state the name and address of each person who makes the submission
- state the grounds of the submission and facts and circumstances relied on
A submission that is properly made during public notification on a draft EIS must be considered in finalising the evaluation of the project.
Advice has also been sought from Commonwealth and State government departments and from local Councils. When deciding whether or not to accept the draft EIS as the final EIS, all submissions received on the EIS will be considered before evaluating the project.
The government is very aware that there are concerns in the community about the impacts from noise during construction and operations of the rail infrastructure from Calvert to Kagaru.
As such, community input into the EIS process will be important to understand the project’s potential impacts. People’s views about the project are welcome at any stage of the EIS assessment process, in particular through the provision of submissions made on the draft EIS.
Yes. A requirement of the terms of reference is for ARTC to undertake rigorous community and stakeholder engagement during the EIS process. The draft EIS contains a list of community and stakeholder consultation completed over the past three years and those that are underway and will provide results of that consultation.
To ensure this continues to occur, ARTC has been directed to prepare and implement a Community and Stakeholder Engagement Plan. The plan is included in the draft EIS, and comments on the document can be made in a submission on the EIS.
To ensure ARTC comply with their community and stakeholder engagement plan after the EIS process is complete, conditions may be set in the project’s evaluation to manage social impacts.
An electronic copy of the draft EIS will be available to view between 19 December 2020 and 8 March 2021 during the venues’ business hours at:
- Ipswich Central Library, Nicholas Street Precinct, Ipswich
- Beaudesert Library, 58 Brisbane Street, Beaudesert
- Rosewood Library, 15 Railway Street, Rosewood
- State Library of Queensland, Cultural Centre, Stanley Place, South Bank, Brisbane
- National Library of the Australia, Parkes Place, Canberra
- ARTC’s Gatton Office located at Suite 5, 47 North Street Gatton.
A printed copy of the draft EIS can also be viewed at the Beaudesert Library, 58 Brisbane Street, Beaudesert and at ARTC’s Gatton Office located at Suite 5, 47 North Street Gatton.
Submissions on the draft EIS can be made to the Coordinator-General by
5 pm, Monday 8 March 2021 using one of the following methods:
- Online: https://haveyoursay.dsd.qld.gov.au/coordinatorgeneral/inlandrailc2k-1/
- Email: email@example.com
- Post: Attention: The Coordinator-General
c/ Project Manager, Inland Rail – Calvert to Kagaru project
Office of the Coordinator-General
PO Box 15517
City East Qld 4002 Australia
All submissions received will be considered in finalising the evaluation of the project.
Independent panel of experts for flood studies in Queensland
In June 2020, the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications and the Department of Transport and Main Roads as representatives of the State of Queensland, jointly established the Independent panel of experts for flood studies in Queensland (the panel).
Five members of the expert panel were appointed:
- Mark Babister, Chair – Managing Director, WMAwater
- Tina O’Connell – Principal Engineer, Hydrology and Hydraulics, HDR
- Ferdinand Diermanse – Expert Researcher, Deltares
- Steve Clark – Managing Director, Water Technology
- Martin Giles – Senior Principal, BMT.
The panel will focus on investigating whether national and state guidelines, as well as industry best practice, have been applied to modelling techniques and outputs to create the existing flood models. The panel will assess four core areas:
The panel will also investigate the design of waterway structures in relation to the Inland Rail in a floodplain environment in Queensland.
Managing the work of the panel is the responsibility of the Australian Government and Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads. The panel reports to a Joint Working Group comprising of officers from the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications and Department of Transport and Main Roads. All panel advice, recommendations and deliverables will be reported to the Joint Working Group.
More details on the panel scope of investigation, and deliverables.
Parallel to the EIS process, the flood panel is currently reviewing the draft EIS for the project and is preparing a report.
Members of the public can contact the panel regarding the review and report at InlandRailFloodPanel@tmr.qld.gov.au, or in writing to:
The Department of Transport and Main Roads
Inland Rail Team
GPO Box 213 Brisbane Qld 4001.
The panel will review the four coordinated projects’ EISs to inform their assessment of the flooding impacts of Inland Rail, including sections about water resources, hydrology and flood management.
Advice will be provided to the Office of the Coordinator General by the Joint Working Group that oversees the panel once findings are finalised.
The panel will review the project alignment as selected by the Commonwealth.
The panel will not review alternative alignments or groundwater impacts as this is outside of the panel's scope.
The findings of the panel will inform the Coordinator-General’s future assessment of the EIS.
Australian Rail Track Corporation Limited (ARTC) is an Australian Government-owned corporation and current operator of the Australian freight network, managing and maintaining approximately 8500 kilometres of rail network across five states.
They currently operate under a sub-lease with the Department of Transport and Main Roads on the interstate rail line from Sydney to Brisbane via Bromelton. More about ARTC.
The Commonwealth Government selected the Inland Rail route. Details and history of the alignment can be found at: https://inlandrail.artc.com.au/route-history-of-inland-rail-2006-2020/
The Coordinator-General does not determine or amend the routes of the proposed project but makes an assessment and evaluation of the environmental, social and economic impacts of the proposed project and proposed mitigation measures as presented in the EIS.
The C2K rail line is proposed to be located between Calvert, south-west of Ipswich and Kagaru north of Beaudesert.
It will generally be located within the existing Southern Freight Rail Corridor, gazetted as future railway land under the Queensland Transport Infrastructure Act 1994 to provide a future rail freight corridor between the existing Queensland Rail West Moreton System rail corridor near Calvert and the existing Interstate Line at Kagaru.
Commencing at the existing West Moreton System rail corridor, the project traverses to the south-east, passing through the localities of Lanefield, Rosewood, Lower Mount Walker, Ebenezer, Willowbank, Purga, Peak Crossing and Washpool and then deviating through the Teviot Range and Undullah until it joins to the existing Interstate rail line.
The project would link to the proposed Inland Rail – Helidon to Calvert project at its north-west end and to the proposed Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton section at its south-east end.
The project spans three local government areas including the Scenic Rim Regional Council and Ipswich and Logan City Council areas.
The Kagaru-end of the project is within the northern section of the Bromelton State Development Area.
Further information on the proponent’s application and draft EIS can be found on the government’s EIS process webpage. For information on the project location please click the map link on the project’s page.
Yes. ARTC referred the project to the Commonwealth Environment Minister for consideration under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, and it was determined that the project is a controlled action.
The State’s evaluation report on the EIS will assess Commonwealth environment matters and make recommendations for the Commonwealth Government to then consider in finalising the evaluation.
Submissions on the EIS can include matters of national environmental significance.
For more information regarding the referral process under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) refer to https://www.environment.gov.au/epbc/environment-assessment-and-approvals
The C2K project will be designed, built, managed and paid through a Public Private Partnership funding arrangement. A Public Private Partnership is when the public sector and the private sector work together to complete an infrastructure project.
ARTC has Australian Government funding in grant and equity funds for the full delivery of the broader Inland Rail Program (including the C2K project).
The EIS process
An EIS is the highest form of environmental assessment in Queensland. It involves a rigorous assessment of environmental, social and economic impacts.
Broadly an EIS is a rigorous and comprehensive environmental impact assessment of a project, involving whole-of-government coordination and public consultation.
An EIS is prepared in accordance with the terms of reference for the EIS and is publicly notified.
The EIS provides a comprehensive description of:
- the current environment in the area of the project
- all potential environmental, social and economic impacts of the project
- proponent proposals to avoid, minimise, mitigate and/or offset those potential impacts.
The impacts include direct, indirect and cumulative impacts resulting from the construction, commissioning, operation and decommissioning of the project.
The State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 sets out the EIS process for declared coordinated projects. The Act states that, after the terms of reference for an EIS is finalised, a proponent has 18 months to provide an EIS that is accepted as addressing the terms of reference.This can require several rounds of public consultation.
Timeframes for assessment of the final EIS vary depending on project complexities and the standard of information provided by proponents.
If a proponent needs additional time to prepare and finalise the EIS, they can request an extension of time to the 18-month period allowed for under the Act.
Details of the timeframes granted for the proponent are available on the government’s EIS process webpage.
When an EIS is accepted as ‘final’ the evaluation of the EIS proceeds, taking into consideration submissions received, and an evaluation report on the project’s EIS is produced.
The terms of reference for the project state what ARTC must include in the draft EIS, including assessments of traffic, noise, air quality, flora, fauna and flooding. As well as an assessment of the social and economic effects of the project.
The terms of reference also include specific requirements for public consultation to understand specific detail about people’s concerns. ARTC are required to address in the EIS those concerns and the proposed approach to avoid, reduce, manage or mitigate those concerns.
On 29 November 2019 the Australian and Queensland Governments signed a Bilateral Agreement for Inland Rail which will enable the delivery of the project in Queensland.
The Queensland Government through the Department of Transport and Main Roads is working collaboratively with the Australian Rail Track Corporation on environmental planning of the state's requirements and statutory approvals.
For more information about this process see https://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/projects/inland-rail
For more information regarding the C2K project, other sections of Inland Rail, and ARTC refer to InlandRailQld@ARTC.com.au
Last updated: Friday, Jan 15, 2021