Illabo to Stockinbingal (NSW)

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Illabo to Stockinbingal (I2S) is one of 13 projects that complete Inland Rail and will comprise 37km of new rail track that will help complete the backbone of the national rail freight network.

The alignment

This section of Inland Rail will provide a new direct route from east of Illabo tracking north to Stockinbingal.

The route bypasses the winding section of track called the Bethungra Spiral on the Main South Line, creating a more efficient way to transport freight train loads and reduce track congestion.

Progress

Since commencing the project, we have been:

  • meeting and working with landowners and stakeholders along the alignment including farmers, community, government agencies, suppliers and industry
  • collaborating with councils to better understand local issues such as flooding, roads and traffic movements
  • carrying out a Multi Criteria Analysis (MCA) to narrow down the study area from 2km wide to a 200-400m wide study area, known as the Focused Area of Investigation (FAI)
  • hosting project information sessions for the local community and stakeholders
  • completing field studies such as flood, hydrology, ecology and geotechnical studies.

This is assisting us in planning for the 100% Reference Design for the preferred rail corridor in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Environment planning and approvals

The I2S project is progressing through the following environmental approvals:

  • in June 2018 we lodged a State Significant Infrastructure (SSI) application and Scoping Report with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE). Access the SSI report here.
  • in August 2018 the I2S project was determined to be a controlled action and requires assessment and approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act 1999) before it can proceed. Access the controlled action decision of assessment here
  • in September 2018, the project was declared State Significant Infrastructure by the DPIE and issued a Secretary’s Environmental Requirements (SEARs). Access the SEARs here
  • we are currently completing investigations for the I2S Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and working on the EIS, adding data from a series of investigations and field studies undertaken to gain an in-depth understanding of local ground conditions, hydrology and flooding issues and to identify local flora and fauna habitats in line with the project’s SEARs.

The EIS document will outline potential impacts of the project, and proposed mitigation measures for review by DPIE. It will also capture information gathered from consultation with landowners and other stakeholders such as councils, industry and wider community and how this was considered in the narrowing of the study area to a preferred rail corridor.

Next steps

We will continue to refine the design and finalise the EIS. Once complete, the EIS is put on public exhibition for a minimum of 28 days – we expect this to occur later this year. Community members and other stakeholders will be invited to provide their feedback and make formal submissions which will be considered by DPIE when assessing the project.

Once the exhibition period has closed, DPIE will provide Inland Rail with a copy of all submissions received. Inland Rail will then prepare a submissions report to respond to the issues raised during the public exhibition. This report will include any proposed changes to the project in response to the submissions received. The submissions report will be made publicly available for stakeholders and the community to view.

The report will be submitted to the DPIE and for the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces to approve or make a decision on the project. If the project is approved by the Minister, it will be constructed and operated in accordance with the mitigation measures described in the EIS, and the Minister’s Conditions of Approval.

The plans proposed in the EIS may evolve depending on several factors including community feedback, and the construction methodologies developed by the contractors once appointed. More information can be found in the Process to Assess NSW Major Projects fact sheet here.

Community consultation

Community consultation is vital to the success of Inland Rail and we welcome your participation. We are committed to working with communities and stakeholders to get your feedback which will help us with further planning.

Community information sessions have been held on a regular basis since 2016 to provide the local community the latest update on the proposal, seek input to inform the design process and develop the EIS.

In 2019, we held community drop-in information sessions in Cootamundra, Illabo, Stockinbingal and Temora, and hosted a marquee at the Cootamundra and Junee Shows.

Since narrowing down the study area in June 2019 we’ve also met with landowners, councils, elected representatives, specific community groups and the Community Consultative Committee (CCC) about the 200-400m wide Focused Area of Investigation (FAI) and 70 percent reference design.

Meetings have also been held with local and regional emergency services in Temora, Junee, and Cootamundra-Gundagai and with the Rural Fire Service (RFS), seeking input on fire-fighting access.
Community consultation is continuing throughout the EIS approval process. To make sure you are up-to-date, subscribe to our newsletter.

I2S Community Consultative Committee

ARTC has established a Community Consultative Committee (CCC) for the I2S project. The most recent meeting was held in Junee on 28 November 2019.

Community consultative committees are a forum where Inland Rail information can be shared between the project team and the community, topics of interest discussed, and issues and concerns addressed. The committees ensure that engagement occurs at all stages of a project and allows community representatives to share their knowledge and experiences on key issues.

For meeting minutes, committee members and upcoming meeting details, please see the link below: https://inlandrail.artc.com.au/I2S-ccc

Interactive Map

We have developed an interactive map covering the Illabo to Stockinbingal project, to help us get a better understanding of key issues from a community perspective.

The interactive map allows members of the public to have their say by simply dropping a pin on the map and adding a comment.

The map shows the current design. As the project continues to develop, the map will be updated to reflect the latest design.

We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback with us.

Access the interactive map here.

Contact us

You can have your questions answered about the project by contacting us directly, or asking us a question.

Illabo to Stockinbingal (I2S) is one of 13 projects that complete Inland Rail and will comprise 37km of new rail track that will help complete the backbone of the national rail freight network.

The alignment

This section of Inland Rail will provide a new direct route from east of Illabo tracking north to Stockinbingal.

The route bypasses the winding section of track called the Bethungra Spiral on the Main South Line, creating a more efficient way to transport freight train loads and reduce track congestion.

Progress

Since commencing the project, we have been:

  • meeting and working with landowners and stakeholders along the alignment including farmers, community, government agencies, suppliers and industry
  • collaborating with councils to better understand local issues such as flooding, roads and traffic movements
  • carrying out a Multi Criteria Analysis (MCA) to narrow down the study area from 2km wide to a 200-400m wide study area, known as the Focused Area of Investigation (FAI)
  • hosting project information sessions for the local community and stakeholders
  • completing field studies such as flood, hydrology, ecology and geotechnical studies.

This is assisting us in planning for the 100% Reference Design for the preferred rail corridor in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Environment planning and approvals

The I2S project is progressing through the following environmental approvals:

  • in June 2018 we lodged a State Significant Infrastructure (SSI) application and Scoping Report with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE). Access the SSI report here.
  • in August 2018 the I2S project was determined to be a controlled action and requires assessment and approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act 1999) before it can proceed. Access the controlled action decision of assessment here
  • in September 2018, the project was declared State Significant Infrastructure by the DPIE and issued a Secretary’s Environmental Requirements (SEARs). Access the SEARs here
  • we are currently completing investigations for the I2S Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and working on the EIS, adding data from a series of investigations and field studies undertaken to gain an in-depth understanding of local ground conditions, hydrology and flooding issues and to identify local flora and fauna habitats in line with the project’s SEARs.

The EIS document will outline potential impacts of the project, and proposed mitigation measures for review by DPIE. It will also capture information gathered from consultation with landowners and other stakeholders such as councils, industry and wider community and how this was considered in the narrowing of the study area to a preferred rail corridor.

Next steps

We will continue to refine the design and finalise the EIS. Once complete, the EIS is put on public exhibition for a minimum of 28 days – we expect this to occur later this year. Community members and other stakeholders will be invited to provide their feedback and make formal submissions which will be considered by DPIE when assessing the project.

Once the exhibition period has closed, DPIE will provide Inland Rail with a copy of all submissions received. Inland Rail will then prepare a submissions report to respond to the issues raised during the public exhibition. This report will include any proposed changes to the project in response to the submissions received. The submissions report will be made publicly available for stakeholders and the community to view.

The report will be submitted to the DPIE and for the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces to approve or make a decision on the project. If the project is approved by the Minister, it will be constructed and operated in accordance with the mitigation measures described in the EIS, and the Minister’s Conditions of Approval.

The plans proposed in the EIS may evolve depending on several factors including community feedback, and the construction methodologies developed by the contractors once appointed. More information can be found in the Process to Assess NSW Major Projects fact sheet here.

Community consultation

Community consultation is vital to the success of Inland Rail and we welcome your participation. We are committed to working with communities and stakeholders to get your feedback which will help us with further planning.

Community information sessions have been held on a regular basis since 2016 to provide the local community the latest update on the proposal, seek input to inform the design process and develop the EIS.

In 2019, we held community drop-in information sessions in Cootamundra, Illabo, Stockinbingal and Temora, and hosted a marquee at the Cootamundra and Junee Shows.

Since narrowing down the study area in June 2019 we’ve also met with landowners, councils, elected representatives, specific community groups and the Community Consultative Committee (CCC) about the 200-400m wide Focused Area of Investigation (FAI) and 70 percent reference design.

Meetings have also been held with local and regional emergency services in Temora, Junee, and Cootamundra-Gundagai and with the Rural Fire Service (RFS), seeking input on fire-fighting access.
Community consultation is continuing throughout the EIS approval process. To make sure you are up-to-date, subscribe to our newsletter.

I2S Community Consultative Committee

ARTC has established a Community Consultative Committee (CCC) for the I2S project. The most recent meeting was held in Junee on 28 November 2019.

Community consultative committees are a forum where Inland Rail information can be shared between the project team and the community, topics of interest discussed, and issues and concerns addressed. The committees ensure that engagement occurs at all stages of a project and allows community representatives to share their knowledge and experiences on key issues.

For meeting minutes, committee members and upcoming meeting details, please see the link below: https://inlandrail.artc.com.au/I2S-ccc

Interactive Map

We have developed an interactive map covering the Illabo to Stockinbingal project, to help us get a better understanding of key issues from a community perspective.

The interactive map allows members of the public to have their say by simply dropping a pin on the map and adding a comment.

The map shows the current design. As the project continues to develop, the map will be updated to reflect the latest design.

We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback with us.

Access the interactive map here.

Contact us

You can have your questions answered about the project by contacting us directly, or asking us a question.

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