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:
For the most up-to-date information about the project and its different sections visit the ARTC website.
The Coordinator General has advised that public consultation on the draft EIS for the Helidon to Calvert section is open from 31 March 2021 to 23 June 2021.
The Coordinator General released the Draft EIS for public consultation between Saturday 19 December 2020 and 8 March 2021. To read Ipswich City Council's submission click here.
The Coordinator-General will evaluate the draft EIS and submissions made by the public before deciding whether to accept the draft EIS as the final EIS. The Coordinator-General will provide the ARTC with the submissions received and they will respond to the Coordinator-General through a submissions report.
If you would like to discuss the project or draft EIS in more detail, please call 1800 732 761 or email InlandRailQld@ARTC.com.au
Inland Rail is progressing to the tendering stage for many of its Queensland projects. The Inland Rail Skills Academy is holding free workshops to inform and educate local and indigenous businesses interested in supplying to Inland Rail and other major projects.
ARTC Inland Rail’s Community Sponsorships and Donations program supports community-initiated projects, events and activities. Eligible organisations and community groups along the Inland Rail route – including from the Ipswich local government area – can apply for between $1,000 and $4,000. The program supports initiatives which:
There are four rounds of funding per year. Visit the website for more information and to apply: https://inlandrail.artc.com.au/opportunities/sponsorships-and-donations/
ARTC acknowledges that the Inland Rail Program creates uncertainty for landowners and communities which can be stressful. As such, ARTC has partnered with the Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN to provide additional funding for the NewAccess program to support people in Ipswich who have been impacted by Inland Rail.