Freight trains during a visit to the site.

Route identification and selection

The route identification report, released in April 2008, provides details of the preferred route for the project. Click here to find out more.

The route identification process involved a comprehensive assessment of the following criteria:

  • community feedback (gathered in October and November 2007)
  • ecology
  • cultural heritage
  • geology
  • flooding
  • water quality
  • property impacts
  • landscape and visual
  • social and economic
  • technical
  • engineering
  • transport.

The local community provided valuable input during the route identification process, improving the study team’s understanding of local issues. This feedback helped to refine the original study area and assist in the evaluation of the different route options.

Improving the preferred route

Since announcing the preferred route in April 2008, the Department of Transport and Main Roads has made refinements to the rail crossings of the Mooloolah River and Paynter Creek. These areas hold local importance to the community and the Queensland Government recognises these areas as environmentally sensitive with habitat for significant species. The refinements to the route at these locations will provide better environmental outcomes.

Mooloolah River
Moving the preferred route slightly to the west will significantly reduce the environmental impact of the project in this area. Planning for bridging structures that minimise the need for the clearing of vegetation will also help to reduce the project’s impact.

Paynter Creek
The preferred route was further refined between Palmwoods and Woombye in December 2008 after further ecological investigations and community consultation. The amended design reduces the project’s impact on Paynter Creek with the removal of two creek crossings.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads has notified all property owners whose property may be required as a result of the amended design in these areas.