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    Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Dr Anthony Lynham

    Inland rail on-track to bring jobs to South East Qld

    Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Dr Anthony Lynham

    Friday, June 16, 2017

    Inland rail on-track to bring jobs to South East Qld

    The third Queensland stage of the $10.9 billion Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Project has been declared a coordinated project by the state’s independent Coordinator-General.

    State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the $1.2 billion section covering 53km from Calvert to Kagaru would now require an environmental impact statement to be prepared.

    “This section could create up to 1600 jobs during its four-year construction phase starting in 2020 and 700 jobs during operation for the entire program,” Dr Lynham said.

    “This section of the project consists of a new single-track dual-gauge line, including approximately 1.1 kilometres of tunnels through the Teviot Range at Woolooman.”

    Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is delivering the 10-year freight program, which will carry 50 intermodal round trips between Melbourne and Brisbane each week by 2050.

    Dr Lynham said the Inland Rail Project has 13 separate projects, five in Queensland, each of which can be independently connected to the rail network.

    “The proposed route will run through regional Victoria and central-west New South Wales, crossing the border into Queensland near Yelarbon, where another five sections take it to Acacia Ridge,” Dr Lynham said.

    “The proponent has advised that the whole program is predicted to reduce rail freight times from Melbourne to Brisbane via Sydney by six hours, as well as reducing the freight task's carbon footprint by 750,000 tonnes per year.

    “This project could be a real boon to Queensland industry, for both growers and manufacturers.

    “However this section will require rigorous planning and engineering to address the potential impacts on the rural community and small farms including minimising flooding impacts on properties along the alignment.”

    Dr Lynham said the next step would be for the Coordinator-General to release the draft terms of reference for the environmental impact statement and seek public comment.

    For further information visit www.statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/inlandrail-c2k

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