Project Stage

In parallel to the Procurement stage, projects develop an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or similar planning approvals application which consolidate findings of all the environmental and technical investigations and community…

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Proposed revised alignment consultation

Public consultation on the revised reference design for the project started in November 2022.

We hosted workshops about the reference design changes and provided more opportunities to have your say.

The workshops focussed on the road network changes that have resulted from the removal of the seven level crossings, as well as results from the updated flooding assessments and noise and vibration studies. Subject-matter experts were available to talk about the changes.

Draft Environmental Impact Statement

In 2017, the project was declared a ‘coordinated project’ by the Coordinator-General (CG).

The preliminary draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was submitted to the CG for review in August 2019.

The Calvert to Kagaru project’s draft EIS public display commenced on Saturday 19 December 2020 and concluded on Monday 8 March 2021.

For more information about the EIS process and next steps, visit the Queensland Coordinator-General’s website.

Check the CG’s website for more information about coordinated projects, how projects requiring an EIS are assessed and how you can have your say.

The Calvert to Kagaru project also requires approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cwlth) (EPBC Act) before it can proceed. The outcomes of the EIS will determine the process in making decisions on approvals.

The final Terms of Reference (ToR) for the EIS was released in December 2017.

To learn more about how the Calvert to Kagaru project was assessed, view the Coordinator-General’s website.

Landscape of a valley in the Calvert to Kagaru section of Inland Rail

Engineering and environmental investigations

Future Freight Joint Venture (FFJV) has been awarded a contract to undertake engineering and environmental investigations for the Helidon to Calvert section of Inland Rail.

The work FFJV is undertaking will provide the Inland Rail team with a greater understanding of the local geography, hydrology, flora and fauna, as well as air quality, noise and social factors. These elements will help us progress the detailed design for this project.

Mountains in the Calvert to Kagaru section of Inland Rail

Process to assess Queensland major projects

A flow chart detailing the approval process for major projects in Queensland, including opportunities for public input.

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