Inland Rail field studies underway in Queensland

Media Release

DC277/2017

18 September 2017

Joint release with:

Scott Buchholz

Federal Member for Wright

  • Field studies for the Environmental Impact Statements for the Gowrie to Kagaru sections of Inland Rail in Queensland begin.
  • Data collected will inform the feasibility designs, bringing Inland Rail another step closer to construction.
  • ARTC is working closely with communities, stakeholders and affected landholders.

The historic Inland Rail continues to advance with important ecology surveys beginning on the project in Queensland.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the ecology surveys for the Inland Rail sections from Gowrie to Kagaru would see the collection of spring and summer seasonal data about the flora and fauna of the area.

“With Inland Rail progressing, it is important to get these ecology surveys underway to inform the design and broader environmental assessment of this Inland Rail section,” Mr Chester said.

“The field studies and investigations will help identify and understand animal and plant species in the area including their habitats.”

Federal Member for Wright, Scott Buchholz said the data collected would be fed into each of the three Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) and feasibility designs for the projects that make up the Gowrie to Kagaru section of Inland Rail.

“Each EIS will include extensive consultation with the local community, landowners and other key stakeholders. Teams of two ecologists at a time will head into the field.”

The Gowrie to Kagaru sections are the most technically complex, requiring major tunneling through the Toowoomba ranges.

Queensland stands to benefit enormously from Inland Rail with more than 50 per cent of the construction cost of Inland Rail to be spent in the state.

Across the country the Australian Government is delivering a $20 billion investment in rail that will cut congestion in cities, grow the regions and create thousands of new jobs.

For more information on the Inland Rail project, visit inlandrail.com.au.