Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Yelarbon to Gowrie Inland Rail update

Media Release


31 March 2017

  • Alignment closer to being determined on Yelarbon to Gowrie section.
  • Community consultations to continue into the next stage.

Community feedback on the Yelarbon to Gowrie section of the Inland Rail project will play a critical role in finalising the route selection.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, met with the Chair of the Yelarbon to Gowrie Project Reference Group (PRG), Bruce Wilson AM, for an update on the Multi-Criteria Analysis (MCA) and initial capital costings being undertaken as part of the Yelarbon to Gowrie Inland Rail alignment review.

The MCA results were close for all four alignment options, however the costings have revealed some clear differences.

The analysis found the Inglewood through Millmerran (base case) option was the least expensive, followed by the Wellcamp/Charlton option, Karara/Leyburn, and then the Warwick option.

“We believe in the future of regional Australia, and the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail project will deliver benefits today and in 100 years from now,” Mr Chester said.

“The process in determining the best alignment in this section is important and will be a balance between community, economic, and environmental considerations.

“I can assure all communities which could potentially be affected by this critical infrastructure project that the Australian Government and Australian Rail Track Corporation will continue to engage with them as we move into the next stage.

“In the long term we will also be working with locals to maximise the benefits of this major freight corridor at a local and regional level.”

Mr Wilson said the technical consultants are continuing their work and will provide further detail to PRG Members at their next meeting.

“I will be providing the Minister with the report on the transparency of the review process and an update on the continued community engagement,” Mr Wilson said.

A separate report will be provided to Mr Chester, which will detail the results of the MCA, technical aspects and comparative costings for each of the four alignment options in the Yelarbon to Gowrie region.

Mr Wilson said that it is important to remember that while all four options impacted farmland, this increasingly detailed process allows room for continued refinement of the chosen alignment to ensure a route of least impact.

“I would like to thank the members of the community who provided input into this process, through the PRG, community drop-in sessions, and to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development,” Mr Wilson said.

“Their advice helped both in the understanding of potential community impacts and in verifying the accuracy of the data used by the technical experts conducting the alignment review.”

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