The Coordinator-General issued the draft ToR
for public comment on 26 August 2017, with the closing date for comments on 25
Once the ToR have been finalised, the Inland
Rail team will start the detailed social, economic and environmental impact
studies to develop the draft EIS. During this phase, we will provide regular
updates on our progress and speak to 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 and 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.
The reference design is further developed into a detailed design after
the EIS process, and must include a response to the conditions and
recommendations in the Coordinator-General’s report on the EIS, and other
subsequent permit and approval conditions.