Draft Terms of Reference release for Calvert to Kagaru EIS

Media Release

DC240/2017

26 August 2017

  • Release of draft Terms of Reference, a key milestone in the delivery of Inland Rail
  • Community encouraged to have their say during planning approvals

Australia's historic Inland Rail project has achieved another milestone in Queensland with the release of the draft Terms of Reference for the Environmental Impact Statement for the Calvert to Kagaru section of the project.

Federal Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Darren Chester said today's milestone was another important step in the delivery of this once in a generation project.

“Once built, Queenslanders are projected to benefit greatly from Inland Rail with an estimated $7.3 billion benefit to the state's Gross State Product,” Mr Chester said.

“In particular, Inland Rail will deliver substantial benefits to Greater Brisbane with an estimated $4 billion in benefits; Darling Downs with $2 billion, and West Moreton with an estimated $1 billion windfall for the regions.

“The project will also deliver significant benefits to the nation, including the creation of 16,000 direct and indirect jobs at the peak of construction, many of which will be in Queensland.

“The critical planning step offers further opportunity for communities to have their say following extensive planning and engineering work.

“This is a significant step forward in the planning approvals process for Inland Rail in Queensland.

“In addition, the project will improve connectivity to national and global markets, including the many producers in the Darling Downs region. I am keen to see the community provide their input into this project and I look forward to partnering with them to see it delivered.”

The draft Terms of Reference for Calvert to Kagaru can be viewed at inlandrail.com.au/C2K.

More information on Inland Rail can be found at inlandrail.com.au and via the community phone line on 1800 732 761.