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Inland Rail - Gowrie to Helidon

Project overview*

EIS statusEIS active
Description 28 kilometre single-track dual-gauge freight railway
Proponent Australian Rail Track Corporation Limited
Location/s Gowrie 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 6.24 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 completion 2026
Jobs
  • 264 (construction)

* Project information supplied by proponent and subject to change.

Frequently asked questions

The Coordinator-General has prepared responses to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the EIS process for the Inland Rail – Gowrie to Helidon project.

Flood Panel review

Parallel to the Coordinator-General’s 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.

Have your say

Australian Rail Track Corporation has prepared a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Inland Rail – Gowrie to Helidon project.

The Coordinator-General has released the draft EIS for public and government agency submissions.

You are invited to make a submission on the draft EIS, including the project’s potential direct and indirect environmental impacts and the effectiveness of measures proposed to manage those impacts.

The Coordinator-General will consider your submission as part of the evaluation of the project’s environmental impacts.

Submissions close at 5pm on 25 October 2021.

Read and make a submission on the draft EIS.

Environmental impact statement (EIS) process

DateActivity
2 August to 25 October 2021

Draft EIS public consultation.

Draft EIS, including appendices.

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

Media releases

Further information

Read more about the EIS process.

Last updated: Friday, Jul 30, 2021