Benalla, Victoria

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What's been happening?

In Benalla, there is not enough clearance under the station overpass off Mackellar Street for double stacked freight trains.

To increase clearance, we propose to replace the current structure with a higher overpass built to the north of its current location.

What you've told us so far

After community feedback, we have undertaken further work with stakeholders and have determined that removal of the bridge is also a viable option. This would involve constructing a new pedestrian underpass that is well maintained and safe to use and is accessible to all members of the community.

Where are we now?

Following valuable feedback from the community and Benalla Rural City Council, we are revisiting the design process for the Benalla railway precinct.

We recognise the need to work closely with the community to find a design solution that meets expectations and addresses local concerns.

This means that over the next 12 months we will be working closely with the Council and the community to find the best solution to address local concerns.

Along with input from the community, the following factors will be considered when assessing options:

  • project scope
  • technical viability
  • construction impacts and operational safety
  • impact on freight and passenger operations
  • construction cost and timeline
  • environmental and heritage impacts
  • community and property impacts
  • feedback from key stakeholders, including VicRoads and Emergency Services

We acknowledge the community are eager to arrive at a solution, however we have plenty of time to work together to come up with a solution that meets requirements as best we can within scope and budget.

What's next?

In the next few months we will be working closely with the community and Council in a structured Working Group process to fully understand what the community expects from the project and how this input can be incorporated.

We are continuing to seek feedback on the community’s preferred option and to understand local needs to get the best outcome we can for Benalla.

We welcome feedback and encourage your involvement, so please keep in touch.

Join the conversation

This page provides another opportunity for you to join the conversation on Inland Rail in Benalla. You are welcome to leave a question below or contact us over phone or email. We will announce new ways to provide input online over the coming months, so stay tuned for updates.

What's been happening?

In Benalla, there is not enough clearance under the station overpass off Mackellar Street for double stacked freight trains.

To increase clearance, we propose to replace the current structure with a higher overpass built to the north of its current location.

What you've told us so far

After community feedback, we have undertaken further work with stakeholders and have determined that removal of the bridge is also a viable option. This would involve constructing a new pedestrian underpass that is well maintained and safe to use and is accessible to all members of the community.

Where are we now?

Following valuable feedback from the community and Benalla Rural City Council, we are revisiting the design process for the Benalla railway precinct.

We recognise the need to work closely with the community to find a design solution that meets expectations and addresses local concerns.

This means that over the next 12 months we will be working closely with the Council and the community to find the best solution to address local concerns.

Along with input from the community, the following factors will be considered when assessing options:

  • project scope
  • technical viability
  • construction impacts and operational safety
  • impact on freight and passenger operations
  • construction cost and timeline
  • environmental and heritage impacts
  • community and property impacts
  • feedback from key stakeholders, including VicRoads and Emergency Services

We acknowledge the community are eager to arrive at a solution, however we have plenty of time to work together to come up with a solution that meets requirements as best we can within scope and budget.

What's next?

In the next few months we will be working closely with the community and Council in a structured Working Group process to fully understand what the community expects from the project and how this input can be incorporated.

We are continuing to seek feedback on the community’s preferred option and to understand local needs to get the best outcome we can for Benalla.

We welcome feedback and encourage your involvement, so please keep in touch.

Join the conversation

This page provides another opportunity for you to join the conversation on Inland Rail in Benalla. You are welcome to leave a question below or contact us over phone or email. We will announce new ways to provide input online over the coming months, so stay tuned for updates.

  • Benalla Working Group members confirmed

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    8 days ago

    Following a thorough selection process, the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has appointed 12 new members of the Benalla Working Group to help refine Inland Rail’s proposed solution for the Benalla Station precinct.

    ARTC worked with Benalla Rural City Council to select the Working Group’s membership, which comprises two local councillors, two Better Benalla Rail representatives and eight independent community members.

    ARTC Victoria Projects General Manager Ed Walker welcomed the Working Group members, encouraging them to focus on developing a formal set of community requirements which will inform the final Inland Rail design.

    “The Benalla Working Group has been established...

    Following a thorough selection process, the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has appointed 12 new members of the Benalla Working Group to help refine Inland Rail’s proposed solution for the Benalla Station precinct.

    ARTC worked with Benalla Rural City Council to select the Working Group’s membership, which comprises two local councillors, two Better Benalla Rail representatives and eight independent community members.

    ARTC Victoria Projects General Manager Ed Walker welcomed the Working Group members, encouraging them to focus on developing a formal set of community requirements which will inform the final Inland Rail design.

    “The Benalla Working Group has been established to represent the Benalla community, with members chosen based on their understanding of the local area, interest in representing local views and willingness to be a link between the Inland Rail project and Benalla locals. We have sought a membership that brings varied skills and experience to the group,” Mr Walker said.

    “We recognise the need to work closely with the community to find a design solution that meets expectations and addresses local concerns. The Working Group will review each of station precinct design option in a structured process and capture those community requirements which can inform the ongoing design.”

    Working Group member Bill Parris aims to achieve a satisfactory result that meets the needs and requirements of Benalla locals and ARTC.

    “I am a regular train user and assist in different groups volunteering in the community. I love the beautiful community we live in,” Mr Parris said.

    Fellow member Janette Anderson has lived in Benalla her whole life.

    “I’m hoping to achieve a better landscaped station with better access to trains and car parking, as well as more suitable access for buses,” she said.

    Two Benalla Rural City Council councillors are on the Working Group, being Cr Don Firth and Cr Scott Upston.

    “The Councillors consider the role of the Benalla Working Group is important in ensuring the outcome of the project is the best one possible for the community and that the voice of the community is heard by the ARTC throughout the project,” a council spokesperson said.

    Construction of the Benalla Station precinct is due to commence in late 2023 allowing further consultation to meet the long-term needs of the community.

    ARTC will share details of the first meeting to members in coming weeks and is currently considering nominations for an independent Chair.

  • T2A project launches new ways to engage

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    2 months ago

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, the project needed to find new ways of interacting with the Benalla community. So, we have launched several digital tools for you to find out the latest information about each project site while getting in touch with us in a range of ways.


    The interactive map on our website has information points and visuals about each of the 12 project sites along the North East Rail Line. You can see where each project site is located, access the latest project updates, view visualisations of proposed designs, and interact with our team in Victoria quickly and easily through the comment function. View the map here.

    Got a question as you look through the webpage? Click on the Q&A button at the bottom of the page to submit your query and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

    Read all about it! Check out the latest news on each project area where we’ll publish updates on Inland Rail initiatives and project milestones.

    We’ve also added a suite of frequently asked questions (FAQs).

    Over the coming weeks, you’ll see a new-look website launched across all Inland Rail projects. Alongside this, we’re adding even more digital tools including video conferencing, visualisations and surveys.

    Of course, we’re still available over the phone 1800 732 761 and via email victoriaprojects@artc.com.au as well.

    Seeherefor more information about how the Inland Rail project is responding to COVID-19.

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, the project needed to find new ways of interacting with the Benalla community. So, we have launched several digital tools for you to find out the latest information about each project site while getting in touch with us in a range of ways.


    The interactive map on our website has information points and visuals about each of the 12 project sites along the North East Rail Line. You can see where each project site is located, access the latest project updates, view visualisations of proposed designs, and interact with our team in Victoria quickly and easily through the comment function. View the map here.

    Got a question as you look through the webpage? Click on the Q&A button at the bottom of the page to submit your query and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

    Read all about it! Check out the latest news on each project area where we’ll publish updates on Inland Rail initiatives and project milestones.

    We’ve also added a suite of frequently asked questions (FAQs).

    Over the coming weeks, you’ll see a new-look website launched across all Inland Rail projects. Alongside this, we’re adding even more digital tools including video conferencing, visualisations and surveys.

    Of course, we’re still available over the phone 1800 732 761 and via email victoriaprojects@artc.com.au as well.

    Seeherefor more information about how the Inland Rail project is responding to COVID-19.

  • ARTC helps Benalla students look to the future

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    2 months ago

    From robotics to virtual reality, ARTC is supporting young people in Benalla to get excited about all things science and maths, through funding provided to local organisation Tomorrow Today.

    ARTC’s Inland Rail Sponsorships and Donations program provided $4000 to Tomorrow Today to support the organisation in running Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) workshops for young people aged 11 to 16 years.

    Education Benalla Program Manager Sally Matheson said these workshops are critical in enabling young people to engage in a diverse range of activities and explore new career path opportunities.

    “So far, we’ve run one STEAM workshop for...

    From robotics to virtual reality, ARTC is supporting young people in Benalla to get excited about all things science and maths, through funding provided to local organisation Tomorrow Today.

    ARTC’s Inland Rail Sponsorships and Donations program provided $4000 to Tomorrow Today to support the organisation in running Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) workshops for young people aged 11 to 16 years.

    Education Benalla Program Manager Sally Matheson said these workshops are critical in enabling young people to engage in a diverse range of activities and explore new career path opportunities.

    “So far, we’ve run one STEAM workshop for girls on 4 March, which attracted 31 local students. They engaged in hands-on robotics and virtual reality activities, met local women working in the STEAM field and attended a panel discussion about careers for women in STEAM. We aim to increase the community’s aspirations for our young people,” Sally said.

    “Research strongly indicates that girls are not choosing a career in Science Technology Engineering or Mathematics, so we’ve partnered with a range of groups including Benalla Rural City Council, local schools, CSU, Galen College VEX Robotic team, and Global Sisters to run the workshop, which saw girls building their own robots and expanding their knowledge in interactive and fun ways.

    “We’re grateful to ARTC for providing the funding we need to run these sorts of workshops.”

    Tomorrow Today has since had to cancel scheduled workshops and programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Sally assures the organisation is finding ways to keep in touch via technology.

    “We’re using things like closed Facebook groups, video content and video chat programs to keep in touch with students and parents in these challenging times,” she said.

    ARTC continues to support community groups through its Sponsorships and Donations program. We encourage Round 5 applications for projects that:

    • Increase the capacity of your staff or organisation, for example installing or upgrading your organisation’s technological capability (hardware or software) to increase your online services and your staff’s ability to deliver confidently;
    • Support the provision of online literacy education programs to local communities
    • Include capital works which can be done by local tradespeople;
    • Include equipment which can be bought locally;
    • Create online STEM programs for school students while they are being home-schooled.

    The amount of funding organisations can apply for remains at between $1,000 and $4,000 and eligibility and other requirements of the Program remain the same.

    See here for more information.