Yelarbon to Gowrie alignment review

On 21 September 2017, the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon Darren Chester MP, announced that the alignment via Wellcamp and Charlton will proceed to the planning and approvals phase.

The alignment will support the development of Toowoomba and the Darling Downs region through its proximity to the west Toowoomba industrial precinct.

For Queensland state planning purposes, the Yelarbon to Gowrie section of Inland Rail will be combined with the Border to Yelarbon section to form the Border to Gowrie project. The 2 kilometre wide study corridor will go through a 12–18 month assessment and approvals process that will further refine the alignment.

Alignment review

Between December 2016 and April 2017 four alignment options (2km wide study corridors) between Yelarbon and Gowrie underwent like-for-like a review to determine which option to take to detailed design, planning and approvals phase.

This included:

  • Multi-Criteria Analysis of the four options;
  • Comparative cost estimates; and
  • Community consultation and validation of the transparency of the process.

The Australian Government’s decision was informed by three key reports regarding:

The alignments reviewed were:

  • the route from Inglewood through Millmerran proposed in the 2010 Inland Rail Alignment Study PDF: 3634 KB ReadSpeaker and endorsed in 2015 by the Inland Rail Implementation Group;
  • a route through Karara and Leyburn;
  • a route closer to Warwick; and
  • a route or connection to the Charlton and Wellcamp areas.

preview image for the Yelarbon to Gowrie (Y2G) Project overview conceptual corridor routes

This map PDF: 2660 KB ReadSpeaker was produced by AECOM/Aurecon for the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC).

NB: Any differences between this map and previous maps are due to corridor refinements or for clarity purposes. It should also be noted that each route option is under development and may change slightly as the design evolves. The Warwick route may appear different to previous maps (e.g. version 2, 15/12/2016). Previous versions offset the route adjacent to the existing railway so that the existing railway line is visible. To more accurately represent the corridor this route is now overlain on the existing railway corridor.

The ARTC follow a Process to Refine the Route across the whole of Inland Rail.

Yelarbon to Gowrie Project Reference Group

The Yelarbon to Gowrie Project Reference Group was formed to provide local community input into the review of four alignment options for the section of Inland Rail between Yelarbon and Gowrie in Queensland.


Meetings of the Reference Group were held on the following dates:

14 December 2016

1 February 2017

20 February 2017 (Part 1 of 2)

27 February 2017 (Part 2 of 2)

15 March 2017

22 March 2017

10 April 2017

  • Agenda DOCX: 26 KB PDF: 120 KB ReadSpeaker
  • This was the final meeting of the Reference Group
  • Mr Wilson will provide Minister Chester with his report (April 2017)

Background of the Y2GPRG


Minister Chester announced the appointment of Mr Bruce Wilson AM as the Inland Rail Queensland Community Advisor and Chair of the Reference Group on 30 November 2016. Mr Wilson has held many senior leadership roles including Director General of Queensland Transport, and has the required technical expertise to deliver a major infrastructure project such as Inland Rail. Mr Wilson will provide a report to Minister Chester on the transparency of the Reference Group review process as informed by community feedback.

On 27 January 2017, a letter DOCX: 854 KB PDF: 243 KB ReadSpeaker from Mr Wilson was sent to potentially affected landholders in the Yelarbon to Gowrie study area. This letter introduced the Reference Group and explained its role. It also provided a map of the four alignments being considered.


Organisations such as farming peak bodies; chambers of commerce and business groups; environmental and conservation organisations; and community and progress associations were invited to nominate representatives to be Members of the Y2GPRG. Relevant elected officials and State agencies also attended meetings of the Reference Group as observers.

As part of the Yelarbon to Gowrie review process, Members were invited to make submissions regarding the Inland Rail. Items raised are considered by the Chair, and technical data is shared with AECOM and Aurecon to inform the like-for-like review.

The Terms of Reference DOCX: 26 KB PDF: 108 KB ReadSpeaker, which was agreed by all Members at the first meeting, explains the role of the Reference Group and of those involved in the process.

Non-Member Engagement Opportunities

The Chair of the Reference Group attended face-to-face community engagement sessions. These sessions allowed those not involved in the Reference Group to express their views and ask questions about Inland Rail in the Yelarbon to Gowrie area.

Information provided by community members to the Chair, Reference Group Members and the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, has 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.

Further information

For further information about the Yelarbon to Gowrie alignment review, or the Inland Rail project, please: