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Declared in November 2011, the Surat Basin Infrastructure Corridor State Development Area (SDA) is a 214-kilometre rail corridor between the towns of Wandoan and Banana.

It will accommodate the proposed Surat Basin Rail - often referred to as the 'Southern Missing Link' - which will connect the existing Western Railway and Moura Railway systems.

The rail corridor will support the development of new mines in the Surat Basin by enabling the transport of coal via the rail network to the Port of Gladstone for export.

The route was chosen following an analysis of a range of geographic, social, cultural, environmental and engineering design criteria.



The Surat Basin Infrastructure Corridor SDA development scheme

Planning and development in the SDA is controlled by the Surat Basin Infrastructure Corridor SDA development scheme, which is a regulatory document.

The current development scheme was approved by the Governor in Council in February 2014.

The development scheme was amended as a result of a mutual agreement between the Queensland Government and Surat Basin Rail Joint Venture to end an exclusive mandate to develop a rail line from the proposed Wandoan thermal coal mine to Banana.

Download the current Development Scheme for the Surat Basin Infrastructure Corridor State Development Area (PDF icon 304 KB).

Earlier versions of the development scheme are available below:

The development scheme for the Surat Basin Infrastructure Corridor SDA is supported by a Public consultation policy (PDF icon 98 KB) that provides information on matters the Coordinator-General may consider when determining whether public consultation of an SDA application is required.

Land use assessment and approval

Further information