Inland rail (Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton section)
Inland Rail will complete the ‘spine’ of the national freight network between Melbourne and Brisbane.
The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is an Australian Government-owned corporation that has been tasked with getting inland rail construction ready.
Logan City Council is seeking a commitment of accountability by ARTC, Federal Government and State Government around environmental impacts such as noise, vibration and dust – and for those impacts to be carefully considered and appropriately mitigated.
ARTC says Inland Rail will:
- connect regions to ports
- reduce congestion and improve safety on highways by moving freight from heavy vehicles onto rail
- create approximately 16,000 jobs at the peak of construction, and another 700 jobs every year once operational
- deliver freight customers with the benefit of reduced transit times and greater service reliability between from regional centres to capital cities
- provide lower prices for consumers as a result of lower inter-capital freight transport costs
- reduce carbon emissions by 750,000 tonnes when freight travels on inland rail instead of road for the distance between Melbourne and Brisbane
- boost Australia’s GDP by $16 billion over the next 50 years.
Inland Rail has been divided into 13 projects to deliver the 1,700 km rail line. The Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton project will use existing rail lines and is one of five projects in Queensland. It crosses the three local government areas of Scenic Rim, Logan City and Brisbane City. This section of the Inland Rail route consists of enhancements to, as well as commissioning of, dual gauge operations along the existing interstate track.
Since 2017, Council has advocated for the Kagaru to Acacia Ridge section of the Inland Rail project through Logan to be declared a coordinated project by the Coordinator-General, as the other four Queensland sections have already been. This would trigger the requirement for a rigorous impact assessment process to compile an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
An Environmental Impact Statement would consider, among other things; noise, vibration, ecology, air quality, social and socio-economic impacts, economic impacts, cultural heritage and land use.
The Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton Project is the most populated section of the proposed route in Queensland, travelling in close proximity to established residential suburbs and the Priority Development Area of Greater Flagstone (which will house up to 120,000 people when fully developed).
There is about 49 km of existing track to be enhanced, enabling double-stacking capability along the existing interstate route both south from Kagaru to Bromelton and north from Kagaru to Brisbane’s major intermodal terminal at Acacia Ridge.
This will involve lowering of the rail under five bridges (Beaudesert Road, Learoyd Road, Johnson Road, Middle Road and Pub Lane), the construction of two new crossing loops at Larapinta and Kagaru; and the extension of the existing ones in Greenbank and Bromelton.
ARTC has managed and controlled the track since 2014 and now leases it from the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads.
Council is seeking an accountability commitment from the Australian Rail Track Corporation and the Federal and State Governments about environmental impacts of Inland Rail though the City of Logan (noise, vibration, dust etc.).
The Australian Government, through ARTC, is delivering the multi-billion dollar infrastructure in partnership with the private sector.
Read Logan City Council’s submission to the Senate Inquiry: Management of the Inland Rail Project by the Australian Rail Track Corporation and the Commonwealth Government (submitted November 2019).
|State Government Minister, Dr Anthony Lynham, advises Council that ARTC has not applied for the Kagaru to Acacia Ridge section of the project to be declared a coordinated project (the Gowrie to Helidon, Helidon to Calvert and Calvert to Kagaru sections have been declared coordinated projects and will have an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process applied).||October 2017|
|Federal Government Minister, The Hon Darren Chester MP, advises Council there is no statutory requirement for an EIS process.||November 2017|
|Queensland Government MPs Leanne Enoch, Charis Mullen and Linus Power advocate for an EIS and community consultative committee.||July 2018|
|The Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton Community Consultative Committee is established with John Brent as chair. (It is not a decision-making body.)||October 2018|
|Three public information sessions about the project are held.||December 2018|
|The community consultative committee meets at Greenbank.||February 2019|
|The community consultative committee meets at Algester.||May 2019|
|The community consultative committee meets at Jimboomba.||August 2019|
|The Australian Senate moves that the management of the Inland Rail project by the Australian Rail Track Corporation and the Commonwealth Government be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and a report by 30 September 2020. Submissions can be made until 29 November 2019. See ‘more information’ below for a link to the inquiry’s website.||September 2019|
|Project team members are available to meet with the community every Friday between 9am and 1pm at Logan West Library, 69 Grand Plaza Dr, Browns Plains.||18 October 2019
25 October 2019
1 November 2019
8 November 2019
|The community consultative committee plans to meet (venue and other details to be confirmed).||3 February 2020|