A PRELIMINARY design for the Condamine floodplain crossing section of the Inland Rail was recently released.
The Australian Rail Track Corporation presented the draft proposal to the Darling Downs Community Consultative Committee Brookstead in Queensland, to begin a program of public engagement.
The initial presentation will be followed by a further two weeks of information sessions across the Darling Downs to communicate details of the proposal to local community members.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the Australian government and the ARTC were taking “positive steps” to ensure communities are listened to and engaged in the process.
“After months of consultation and work with landowners and stakeholders, a preliminary design has now been presented to the community for their feedback on a workable solution,” Mr McCormack said.
“Over the next two weeks, the ARTC will be presenting this preliminary design proposal to the wider community and I encourage everyone to participate in this process.
Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann said a comprehensive design process was being followed to minimise impacts on landowners and the community, and ensure efficient delivery of the Inland Rail.
“The ARTC examined numerous design options, using local input and data from numerous sources including the Toowoomba Regional Council, Bureau of Meteorology and government databases, to find the best preliminary crossing design,” he said.
“The Inland Rail project will increase freight connectivity and improve supply chain access for our farmers and regional producers to enhance their economic sustainability and opportunities.
Federal Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh said the level of community consultation undertaken by the ARTC was a core feature of the Condamine crossing’s preliminary design proposal.
“A huge amount of work has gone into this early design of the new crossing including stakeholder consultation, geotechnical work, flood modelling and environmental and hydrological assessments,” Dr McVeigh said.