Deadline to comment on inland rail project extended

UPDATE: THE company behind the $1 billion Helidon to Calvert inland rail project has requested more time for public comment to make sure the community understood the draft plans.

Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) Inland Rail project manager Helidon to Calvert Max Nichols said ARTC requested the extension after community feedback during information sessions in May.

"We requested more time for people to understand and comment on the Draft Terms of Reference for Helidon to Calvert and we are pleased the Coordinator General agreed to our request," he said.

ARTC will host four additional information sessions tomorrow to provide further information on the visual aspects to residents along the project corridor.

"These sessions are open to everyone and I'd really encourage people to come and learn more about how the project is shaping up," Mr Nichols said.

He said the draft Terms of Reference shape the Environmental Impact Statement that would be prepared for the Helidon to Calvert Inland Rail Project.

"There will be many more opportunities for the community to provide feedback as the project is further refined over the next 12 to 18 months," he said.

"Queensland stands to benefit from Inland Rail and ARTC understands how important it is that communities have the opportunity to contribute to the proposals in their local area."

ARTC will host community information sessions on Wednesday, June 14 at the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre, 34 Lake Apex Drive, Gatton.

Information session times:
1:00 - 1:30pm
2:15 - 2:45pm
5:00 - 5.30pm
6:15 - 6.45pm

INITIAL: THOSE wanting to have their say on the Helidon to Calvert Inland Rail project have been granted an extra month to have their opinion heard.

Under the $1 billion project plan, a 1.1km tunnel will be cut through the Little Liverpool Range to make way for a freight-rail line capable of accommodating trains up to 1800m long.

The rail line will have the development capacity to accommodate trains up to 3600m long and will require a land corridor with an average width of 65m

The original comment period closing date has been extended from June 5 to June 26.

 

The Queensland Government has released the Terms of Reference into the project which outlines the proposed path between Helidon and Calvert via Grantham, Gatton and Forrest Hill.

The Helidon to Calvert rail line is part of the overall $10 billion Inland Rail Project between Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, Central-West New South Wales and Toowoomba.

It is one of five planned for Queensland.

Minister for the Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg has determined the project is likely to have significant impact on threatened species in the area and will require Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act approval before work can begin.

Comments close at 5pm on June 26.

ToR can be viewed at www.haveyoursay.dsd.qld. gov.au/coordinatorgeneral/ inland railh2c.

To make a submission

  • www.haveyoursay.dsd.qld.gov.au/coordinatorgeneral/inlandrailh2c
  • inlandrailh2c@coordinatorgeneral.qld.gov.au
  • Fax to 3220 6502
  • Post to the Co-ordinator General c/- The EIS Project Manager Inland Rail Helidon to Calvert, Co-ordinated Project Delivery, Office of the Coordinator General, PO Box 15517, City East, WLD, 4002


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