A multibillion-dollar infrastructure project proposed for central Queensland is one step closer to getting off the ground, with the state government announcing an environmental assessment to be conducted for the development.
State deputy premier and minister for state development, infrastructure and planning Jeff Seeney said terms of reference had been finalised for the Central Queensland Integrated Rail project’s environmental impact statement (EIS).
The $2 billion project comprises of an integrated, heavy haul rail system that will connect ports near Abbot Point and Hay Point with mines in the Galilee and Bowen Basins – providing vital infrastructure links for the state’s resource sector.
“The long-term success of our mining industry relies on the timely delivery of infrastructure to support international exports and jobs,” Mr Seeney explained.
“This milestone brings us a step closer to determining how this rail proposal stacks up and how it may service the proposed mines in the Galilee Basin.”
State coordinator-general Barry Broe said the government had received submissions from members of the public and advisory agencies regarding the draft terms of reference.
“The submissions have been taken into account in finalising the terms of reference, so the way is now clear for the proponent to complete its EIS studies,” Mr Broe asserted.