Central Queensland Integrated Rail Project (CQIRP)
Aurizon is investigating an integrated rail network from the Galilee and Bowen Basins to all Central Queensland coal ports. This includes:
The proposed Central Queensland Integrated Rail Project (CQIRP) would service the growing needs of the Galilee and Bowen Basins, providing access to the existing Central Queensland coal chain and multiple port destinations.
Aurizon’s proposal will seek to optimise existing rail infrastructure through upgrades to the Newlands coal system, and thereby minimise the extent of new or ‘greenfield’ railway that must be constructed to link the Galilee Basin to the broader Central Queensland coal chain.
On 27 January 2012, the Queensland Government declared the project a ‘significant project’ triggering the requirement of an Environmental Impact Statement.
Environmental Impact Statement
Aurizon is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project.
Detailed environmental and engineering field investigations, to address State and Federal legislative and approval requirements, started in March 2012 and are anticipated to continue until mid-2013.
The study corridor is approximately 10 kilometres wide and extends from the port of Abbot Point to Lambing Lagoon Junction, west of Moranbah.
The Terms of Reference (ToR) which outlines all matters Aurizon must address in the project’s EIS is available at the Coordinator General’s website. A draft EIS is planned to be submitted to the Coordinator General in late 2012.
For more information about the EIS processes, please visit the Coordinator General’s website for State EIS and ToR or the Australian Government’s website for Federal EIS.
Aurizon encourages comments and input during this investigative phase of the project.
Round 1 consultation: Early 2012 – End June 2012
Aurizon has completed the first round of community engagement on the project. We would like to thank those landowners and members of the broader community who generously gave their time in meeting with us and providing important feedback about the project.
This information has been included in the project’s EIS.
Aurizon project team member consults with landowners
Community consultation session in Alpha
Round 2 consultation: September 2012 - mid-2013
A second round of public consultation began in September 2012 and will continue until mid-2013. All feedback received will be included in the project’s EIS, and will also be considered in future design and planning phases of the project.
CQIRP project team members and landowners along Pasha Road
If you would like further information about CQIRP please contact the CQIRP Community Engagement Team.
T: 1800 204 firstname.lastname@example.org