Inland rail taking shape with key Queensland section declared coordinated project

Media Release

DC179/2017

16 June 2017

  • Inland Rail Calvert and Kagaru section declared as Coordinated Project
  • Declaration will trigger the preparation of an environmental impact assessment
  • Turnbull-Joyce Government delivering the biggest rail project in 100 years

The historic Inland Rail project continues to build momentum with the Queensland Coordinator-General today declaring the section between Calvert and Kagaru as a ‘coordinated project’.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said today's announcement was an important step in seeing the iconic Inland Rail project built, with the declaration allowing  Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) to commence the environmental impact assessment phase for this section of the route.

“In the recent federal Budget, the Turnbull-Joyce Government announced it will invest $8.4 billion in addition to a public private partnership for the most complex elements of the project,” Mr Chester said.

“Over the next few weeks there will be information on the environmental impact assessment process and opportunities for the community to have their say on the Calvert to Kagaru project.

“Calvert to Kagaru is the third section of Inland Rail in Queensland to be declared a coordinated project, following earlier declarations for the Gowrie to Helidon and Helidon to Calvert sections.

“The 1,700km Inland Rail will bring significant benefits and opportunities to south-east Queensland with the private sector anticipated to set up freight terminals and intermodal hubs along the route.

"Inland Rail is the largest rail project in 100 years which will bring around 16,000 jobs and economic growth opportunities, particularly during construction with three of the four regions that will benefit most being in Queensland.

“Around 60 per cent of construction expenditure is expected in Queensland, while economic modeling forecasts that Inland Rail will boost Queensland's Gross State Product by $7.3 billion.

“This section will see a 53 kilometre long single-track dual-gauge railway with crossing loops constructed.

“The community's input has been essential in getting this project underway, and ARTC will continue to work closely with residents, industry, Councils and stakeholders to ensure the community's voice is heard.

“Inland Rail will complete the freight rail network between Melbourne and Brisbane, allowing goods to be moved between these two major cities, via regional Australia in under 24 hours.”