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Prepared by Queensland's Coordinator-General, the draft TOR sets out the matters to be examined in the EIS.
The public are invited to comment on whether the draft TOR "adequately covers all the matters the proponent, Australian Rail Track Corporation Limited (ARTC) must address when preparing the EIS".
Australian Rail Track Corporation Inland Rail Program Delivery Director Simon Thomas said interested members of the public can also speak directly with project technical specialists at the community sessions being held at townships along the corridor, as part of the development of Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) for the two projects from Gowrie to Helidon and Helidon to Calvert.
"ARTC is committed to working with communities and stakeholders as a vital part of our planning and design process," Mr Thomas said.
"We would love to see lots of community members taking the opportunity to come and talk to us about what's involved in the studies and investigations, and to share their knowledge, particularly in relation to historical flooding events in the Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley regions.
"These sessions will focus on matters that will be addressed in the EIS and provide opportunities for people to ask questions of the subject matter experts and offer their feedback on the alignment.
"We are focused on delivering the best possible rail line and the community's input is a very important part of developing our EISs and contributing to the design process."
The community consultation sessions will be held at the following locations:
Details of consultation sessions relating to EIS development for other Inland Rail projects will be available soon.
The $1.4 billion Border to Gowrie section of the project features 146km of new dual gauge freight railway line and 78km of upgraded railway line, totalling 224km, and capable of carrying 1,800m long trains transporting double stacked containers.
The project will include the construction of rail infrastructure, culverts, bridges, viaducts and crossing loops, and the land corridor will require an average width of 40m to accommodate future upgrades, including a possible requirement for trains up to 3,600m long.
The draft TOR can be found here.
Alternatively, people can visit any of the following facilities to view a hard copy of the draft:
To make a submission on the draft TOR, complete a submission form and send it to one of the following:
This article first appeared on www.thechronicle.com.au
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