Signs near Pampas protest the proposed inland rail, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. Picture: Kevin Farmer
Signs near Pampas protest the proposed inland rail, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. Picture: Kevin Farmer

Feds name experts to review Inland Rail flood mapping

THE Australian and Queensland Governments have finalised appointments to the independent panel to assess the flood modelling developed for Inland Rail in Queensland, along with the terms of reference for their work.

The panel includes Mark Babister, Tina O'Connell, Ferdinand Diermanse, Steve Clark and Martin Giles.

Collectively they have more than 130 years of experience in the field and will use their knowledge to analyse existing flood modelling and the proposed engineering options against national and state guidelines and industry best practice.

This process is independent of the Australian Rail Track Corporation.

Federal member for Groom, Dr John McVeigh welcomed the appointments.

Inland Rail agreement signed: The moment on November 29 2019 where Queensland Transport Minister Mark Bailey and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack sign the Inland Rail intergovernmental agreement.
Inland Rail agreement signed: The moment on November 29 2019 where Queensland Transport Minister Mark Bailey and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack sign the Inland Rail intergovernmental agreement.

"They are clearly independent experts and it is important they are allowed to get on with their job without interference so that our community can be confident the science and engineering is right for this vital job-creating project," he said.

"Inland Rail is exactly the type of major works we need for our economy post COVID-19."

Stakeholders can monitor the panel's progress through published reports.

They will also be able to make submissions to the panel on matters relating to flood modelling.

For details about the panel of international experts, including the terms of reference, visit inlandrail.gov.au.