Project overview*

EIS status EIS active
Description 216 kilometre single-track dual-gauge freight railway
Proponent Australian Rail Track Corporation Limited
Location/s Queensland Border to Gowrie. Map
Local government/s
  • Goondiwindi Regional Council
  • Toowoomba Regional Council
Investment $1.4 billion
Key features
  • 145 kilometres of new dual-gauge track and 71 kilometres of upgraded track to accommodate double stack freight trains up to 1800 metres long
  • construction of rail infrastructure, bridges, viaducts and crossing loops
  • connection to the existing West Moreton System and Interstate railway lines
  • ancillary works including road and public utility crossings and realignments.
Expected completion 2026
  • 1600 (construction)
  • TBA (operational)

Environmental impact statement (EIS) process

Date Activity
Currently Draft EIS being prepared by proponent
15 May 2020 Coordinator-General stated a new project declaration lapse date of 16 July 2020.
16 November 2018 Terms of reference for EIS (PDF icon 315 KB) released
7 May - 18 June 2018 Draft Terms of reference for EIS public consultation (PDF icon 300 KB)
9 April 2018 Delegate for the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment and Energy decided that the project is a 'controlled action' More information
16 March 2018 Gazettal (PDF icon 251 KB) of 'coordinated project' declaration.
2 March 2018 Complete final initial advice statement (PDF icon 19 MB), submitted

The above has also been split into smaller documents for easier downloading:

16 February 2018 Application, including initial advice statement submitted.
16 February 2018 Project referred to Commonwealth Minister for the Environment and Energy.

Further information

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