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.
- Increases capacity
- Improves network efficiency
- Contributes to economy
- Contributes to regional growth
The Torbanlea train manufacturing facility will include:
- workshop and sheds
- train tracks within the facility site
- car parks for workers and visitors
- site access from the Bruce Highway
- a secondary access from Ritchie Road.
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
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:
- dropping into one of the community information sessions
- completing an online survey
- contacting the project team via phone 1800 464 512 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
|Tuesday 20 February 2024
3pm to 6pm
|Beach House Hervey Bay
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
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
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
- Bruce Highway site entry works
- Ritchie Road upgrade (Phase 2)
- Susan River workforce accommodation village
Train manufacturing facility site works
- 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 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.
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.
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
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
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: