The Coordinator-General issued the draft Terms of Reference (ToR) for
public comment on 5 May 2018, with the closing date for comments on 18 June
2018. The ToR were finalised in November 2018.
The Inland Rail team is progressing the planning, engineering and
environmental impact studies to develop the draft EIS. During this phase, we
will provide regular updates on our progress and speak with communities to
gather more information.
As part of this process, matters of national environmental significance
will be assessed under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and
Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
These studies will inform the preparation of a draft EIS, which will be
released for public review and submissions. We encourage you to be involved in
the process and invite you to contact the project team for more information, or
to provide feedback.
Evolution of design during the EIS process occurs from the conceptual
stage proposed in the Initial Advice Statement, through to reference (or
otherwise referred to a feasibility) design stage described in the draft EIS.
Detailed design will commence after EIS approval. The conditions and
recommendations in the Coordinator-General’s report on the EIS, and other
subsequent permit and approval conditions, will input into detailed design.