Yelarbon to Gowrie Project Reference Group

The Yelarbon to Gowrie Project Reference Group (Y2GPRG) 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.

On 9 May 2017, the Australian Government committed to the full delivery of Inland Rail. This announcement is separate to the ongoing Yelarbon to Gowrie alignment review process. No decision has been made at this stage on which alignment to take to detailed design phase.

The alignments being reviewed include:

  • the route from Inglewood through Millmerran proposed in the 2010 Inland Rail Alignment Study PDF: 3634 KB ReadSpeaker
  • 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.

A like-for-like review of the four alignment options has been undertaken by independent consultants AECOM and Aurecon. The Australian Government Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon Darren Chester MP, will make an announcement on the preferred alignment. Following the announcement of the preferred alignment by the Minister, the project will then progress to the detailed design phase. The Minister will balance community, economic, and environmental considerations in making his decision on an alignment.

Minister Chester's decision will be informed by three key reports regarding:

  • The outcomes of the like-for-like analysis;
  • Capital expenditure costings;
  • The transparency and objectivity of the review process and key community issues to consider. This report will be developed by the Chair of the Y2GPRG, Mr Bruce Wilson AM.

Minister Chester provided an update on the Yelarbon to Gowrie Inland Rail alignment review in his media release on 31 March 2017.

Meetings

Meetings of the Y2GPRG 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 Y2GPRG
  • Mr Wilson will provide Minister Chester with his report (April 2017)

Background of the Y2GPRG

Chair

Minister Chester announced the appointment of Mr Bruce Wilson AM as the Inland Rail Queensland Community Advisor and Chair of the Y2GPRG 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 Y2GPRG 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 PRG and explained its role. It also provided a map of the four alignments being considered.

Membership

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 attend meetings of the Y2GPRG as observers.

As part of the Yelarbon to Gowrie review process, Members are 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 Y2GPRG meeting, explains the role of the PRG and of those involved in the process.

Non-Member Engagement Opportunities

The Chair of the Y2GPRG attended face-to-face community engagement sessions. These sessions allowed those not involved in the Y2GPRG to express their views and ask questions about Inland Rail in the Yelarbon to Gowrie area.

Information provided by community members to the Chair, PRG 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.

Four sessions were held:

  • 8 March 2017—Millwood Hall
  • 9 March 2017—Brookstead Hall
  • 9 March 2017—Felton Hall
  • 10 March 2017—Southbrook Hall

Further information

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