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:

To find out how you can give your input visit the Inland Rail Project Community Consultation webpage.

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.

Draft EIS Consultation Announced – Helidon to Calvert

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.

To find out how to make a formal submission click here.

Draft EIS Consultation Closed 8 March 2021 – Calvert to Kagaru

Calvert to Kagaru section

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.

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 or click here.
  • For more information on ARTC’s Community Consultation Programs for the Helidon-to-Calvert and Calvert-to-Kagaru enivoronmental impact statements (EIS) visit the Inland Rail Project Community Consultation webpage.

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