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Inland Rail Project

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is proposing the construction of a 1,700 km freight rail line between Melbourne and Brisbane.

There are two sections of the proposed rail line that run through the Ipswich local government area:

Is the project approved for construction?

  • Not yet - the ARTC requires government approval before the project can be constructed.
  • The ARTC is required to first complete an environmental impact statement (EIS) for each section of the project, which the government will then consider before deciding if the project can proceed.

What stage of the process is the ARTC at?

For the most up-to-date information about the project and its different sections visit the ARTC website.

What is Council doing?

  • Ipswich City Council will provide formal submissions during the consultation periods announced by the Queensland Coordinator-General’s Office.
  • To read Council’s submission on the Helidon to Calvert draft terms of reference click here.
  • The Office of the Coordinator General finalised the Terms of Reference in October 2017 - click here to view.
  • Council will now wait until the draft environmental impact statement is released to make further comment (this is expected to be released in 18 months' time).
  • To read Council's submission on the Calvert to Kagaru draft terms of reference click here.

How do I make a submission?

The Office of the Coordinator General will announce when formal submission times open. For more information, particularly on how to provide a submission, visit the the Office of the Coordinator General.

Contact the ARTC at any time with your feedback - visit the ARTC website for more details.