Torbanlea manufacturing facility

A new facility is being constructed in the Maryborough region, to manufacture the Queensland Train Manufacturing Program fleet. 

The Torbanlea manufacturing facility will strengthen the region's historical link to train manufacturing and create local employment, training, and supply chain opportunities.

Benefits

  • Increases capacity
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Contributes to economy
  • Contributes to regional growth

Key features

The Torbanlea train manufacturing facility will include:

  • workshop and sheds
  • train tracks within the facility site
  • offices
  • car parks for workers and visitors
  • site access from the Bruce Highway
  • a secondary access from Ritchie Road. 

Current status

Construction activities will continue throughout 2024. 

The concept design for the train manufacturing facility is now available. We would like to hear from the community to understand key community values and feedback on the design.

We are committed to working with local residents and businesses during construction and operation of the manufacturing facility.

Torbanlea train manufacturing facility site layout map

Torbanlea manufacturing facility location map
Map of Torbanlea, located 25km north of Maryborough. The map displays the Torbanlea train manufacturing facility site and layout. The site footprint's most northern point begins at the end of Ritchie Road and extends west to the Bruce Highway. The North Coast rail line runs along the eastern border of the site.

The layout plan calls out to the manufacturing facility, office space, car parking, a commissioning track and future rail line tracks which connect to the North Coast rail line. The main access to the site is off the Bruce Highway, and there is a secondary access for light vehicles at the end of Ritchie Road, both access points connect to the manufacturing facility main building with internal roads.

The site layout plan design is concept only and is not to scale. Vegetation is only removed within this boundary, where required and as approved under the Environment and Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

Community engagement

Have your say on the Torbanlea train manufacturing facility design. Where possible, your feedback will be integrated into the final design.

You can provide feedback by:

Download the Torbanlea train manufacturing facility concept design newsletter for more information about the facility and how the project will manage operational impacts.

Community consultation is now open and will close on Saturday 2 March at 11.50pm.

Community pop-up information sessions

You can drop in any time to talk to the project team about the project, provide feedback on the Torbanlea train manufacturing facility concept design and upcoming works at  a pop-up information session.

Date Location
Tuesday 20 February 2024 
3pm to 6pm
Beach House Hervey Bay
344 Esplanade
SCARNESS QLD  4655
Wednesday 21 February 2024
9am to 12noon
Stockland Hervey Bay Shopping Centre
6 Central Avenue
PIALBA QLD 4655
Saturday 24 February 2024
1pm to 3pm 
Maryborough RSL
154 Adelaide Street
MARYBOROUGH QLD 4650 
Wednesday 28 February 2023
8am to 11am
Near Billy Beans Coffee
corner of Burgowan Road and Gympie Street
TORBANLEA  QLD  4662
Saturday 2 March 2024
7am to 12 noon 
Howard Markets 
56 Steley Street
HOWARD  QLD  4659 

Works scheduled

Construction works are underway with work taking place from Monday to Saturday, between 6:30am to 6:00pm.

During the works you may experience construction noise, low levels of dust and vibration, and notice an increase of heavy vehicle movements. We are committed to minimising these impacts where possible and all works will be undertaken in accordance with environmental approvals.

From February, works will include: 

Train manufacturing facility site works

We will:

  • continue earthworks, excavation activities and ground compacting works
  • continue vegetation clearing and on-site mulching
  • deliver fill to site for embankment and foundation works and drainage installations
  • connect and relocate essential services to the manufacturing facility
  • undertake temporary drainage and stormwater diversion works 
  • install temporary haul roads 
  • deliver over-seized equipment and undertake fauna surveys at night.

These works are weather permitting.

During the works, there will be an increase in heavy and light vehicle traffic on Ritchie Road, including for the delivery of large loads such as temporary office buildings. For the safety of workers and road users, traffic control may be used on Ritchie Road.

Deliveries to the worksite 

Oversized equipment will be delivered to site outside of peak times to minimise the impact on traffic and for the safety of road users. Deliveries will arrive to site between 1am and 5am.

Further information will be provided to the community ahead of these deliveries being made.

Fauna surveys

Fauna surveys will be carried out throughout February. The surveys will occur at night with minimal noise associated with these works. Surveyors will leave site by 10pm each night. 

Bruce Highway site entry works

The Bruce Highway site access works were recently completed in November. Heavy vehicles will begin using the Bruce Highway main site access in early 2024, once the internal haul roads are completed.  

Works map

Manufacturing facility site works will be undertaken on a section of the site along the south-eastern border. Within the works area on site, a temporary car park will be located in the north-eastern corner and site offices will be located behind them. Fencing will be installed around the perimeter of the site. Vegetation clearing works will be undertaken from the site entrance at Ritchie Road along the South Eastern boarder of the site. The Bruce Highway works will be located at the eastern border of the manufacturing facility site which adjoins the Bruce Highway.

Manufacturing facility site works will be undertaken on a section of the site along the south-eastern border. Within the works area on site, a temporary car park will be located in the north-eastern corner and site offices will be located behind them. Fencing will be installed around the perimeter of the site. Vegetation clearing works will be undertaken from the site entrance at Ritchie Road along the south eastern border of the site. The Bruce Highway works will be located at the eastern border of the manufacturing facility site which adjoins the Bruce Highway.

Phase 2: Ritchie Road upgrade (from mid-January 2024)

The final phase to finish the Ritchie Road upgrade will start from mid-January 2024. When complete, Ritchie Road will be a dual-lane sealed road, with a shared pathway alongside the length of the road.

While the Bruce Highway entrance is under construction, all construction vehicles will use the Ritchie Road entrance to gain access to the site. From early 2024, heavy vehicles will enter the site from the Bruce Highway and light vehicles will keep using the Ritchie Road entrance. 

In this phase we will: 

  • undertake pavement remediation works
  • undertake asphalt works and line marking
  • undertake stormwater and drainage works
  • lay topsoil and turf
  • install lighting and signage
  • construct an off-road shared pathway.

There will be an increase in heavy and light vehicle traffic on Ritchie Road during the works. For the safety of workers and road users, traffic control will be used on Ritchie Road. During the works, access to Ritchie Road will be limited to local traffic only, with no pedestrian or bicycle access permitted. 

Due to weather conditions, the duration of works has been extended. Phase 2 works are estimated to be completed in early 2024, weather and construction permitting. 

Ritchie Road works location map

Map shows location of works to be carried out on Ritchie Road
Ritchie Road works will be undertaken within the road corridor, between the Ritchie Road and Hartley Street intersection and the construction vehicle access to the manufacturing facility site from Ritchie Road.

Susan River workforce accommodation

Construction has started to build temporary accommodation for the workers involved in the construction of the Torbanlea train manufacturing facility. The village will be built and operated by a private developer, with Downer leasing space to support construction of the facility. 

The Susan River workforce accommodation village will be situated on the 9ha Susan River Homestead site on Noble Road, Susan River, 33km from Torbanlea. 

We expect the Queensland Train Manufactory Program workers to start moving into the village shortly after construction is completed in coming months. Once completed, the village will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Noise will be managed in accordance with local council laws.

Maryborough Road-Hervey Bay Road and Noble Road upgrade works

To improve safety for people travelling through the area, we will be upgrading:

  • Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road and Noble Road intersection
  • Noble Road between Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road and the Susan River workforce accommodation village entry, approximately 600m of road.

Site investigations to progress the design are underway, which will include:

  • ground surveys
  • fauna and flora investigations
  • geotechnical investigations.

The investigations will be undertaken Monday to Friday between 6.30am and 6.00pm. This work is expected to result in increased in workers, light vehicles and low impact changed traffic conditions in the investigation area.

We will provide further notice ahead of the upgrade work commencing.

Susan River workforce accommodation location map

 The Susan River workforce accommodation is located approximately 33km from Torbanlea on Noble Road at the Susan River Homestead. Access to the facility will be via the Noble Road access road. The facility will be fully self-contained and will include a gym, laundry, mess hall and kitchen.
The Susan River workforce accommodation is located approximately 33km from Torbanlea on Noble Road at the Susan River Homestead. Access to the facility will be via the Noble Road access road. The facility will be fully self-contained and will include a gym, laundry, mess hall and kitchen.

Environmental report available to view

From 13 to 27 March 2023, we invited the community and stakeholders to have their say on an environmental report relating to the manufacturing facility site for assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cwlth) (EPBC Act).  

On 2 June 2023, the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water granted approval under the Act, with conditions, for the construction of the facility to proceed.

This environmental approval allowed us to commence construction of the Torbanlea manufacturing facility in late 2023.

Download and read the final report: