28 June 2023

Queensland landowners facing resumptions for the Inland Rail project still do not know whether the project will proceed.

Reports in April this year estimated that the total cost of delivering the 1,700 km line had blown out to $31.4 billion. However, this may continue to grow amid debates over where the line will finish.

Independent reviews have recommended that the line finish much earlier than originally planned, with the logistical challenges of crossing the Toowoomba range proving costly and unrealistic given existing urban areas.

The Queensland government has been criticised for lagging behind the other states in its consultation and preparations.

In Queensland, environmental impact statements (EIS) still need to be finalised and evaluated. According to the Queensland Government’s State Development website, the project proponent is still preparing additional information for the EIS along all four parts of the proposed Queensland line.

Inland Rail has indicated that formal land acquisition will only take place after the EIS evaluation report is released, as the line may continue to change due to the environmental impact assessment process and community consultation.

If the project goes ahead, landowners who have properties along the proposed corridor will receive a notice of intention to resume.

On receipt of such a notice, landowners will be able to either:

  • agree to the acquisition and proceed with preparation and submission of their compensation claim; or
  • prepare a written objection within 30 days and try to contest the resumption.

Landowners are entitled to claim their reasonable costs for the preparation and filing of compensation claims.

Thynne + Macartney strongly suggest that those affected by the project engage professionals to assist them with assessing their compensation entitlements and progressing their claims.

How can we help?

Thynne + Macartney has assisted landowners faced with resumptions for railways, powerlines and dams in recent years.

This information is intended to provide a general summary only and should not be relied on as a substitute for legal advice.

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