Landowners

ARTC has been working alongside landowners around Australia for more than 18 years and we value our relationships. We like to think of landowners as our neighbours and when we are working on or near your property you can expect us to behave as guests.

Where will the Inland Rail line run?

Approximately 70% of Inland Rail's route will make use of existing rail corridors. This minimises the impact on landowners and communities as we don't need to acquire new land in these areas.

ARTC, through its 2010 Inland Rail Alignment Study, identified 1,200km of existing rail corridors to form part of Inland Rail.

It is estimated that approximately 500km of new rail corridors are required to build new rail lines to complete the missing links in the Inland Rail alignment. Various approval processes, design and surveys will be undertaken before the final rail corridor is finalised.

For more information on the rail corridor, view the individual Projects.

What if my property borders an existing rail line identified as being part of Inland Rail?

The route for Inland Rail is unlikely to change in your area. Over the coming six months you might see our teams working along the alignment, conducting various field studies required as part of environmental and planning assessment.

We will keep you notified of any planning applications relevant to your section of Inland Rail and will let you know how you can provide input to the planning process. We are happy to meet with you to listen, understand and answer your questions in person – please contact us if you would like to arrange a meeting.

What if my property appears to be on one of the new track sections?

If your property is located on a new track section, the alignment needs to go through a comprehensive refinement process, enhancing it to be most effective. We will conduct detailed technical studies and consult with landowners and communities to refine the route.

Over the coming six months you might be approached by our teams regarding the various field studies required as part of environmental and planning assessment. Nothing will happen on your property without your permission and all access will be governed by a formal agreement with you.

We will keep you notified of any planning applications relevant to your section of Inland Rail and let you know how you can provide input to the planning process. Our teams are happy to meet with you to listen, understand and answer your questions in person – please contact us if you would like to arrange a meeting.

We understand landowners will be keen to discuss the specifics of land acquisition and compensation and this will occur after the alignments in these new locations are finalised and planning approvals are in place - as we need to work through those processes to identify which properties will be required.

How can I have my say?

Landowners and communities will be consulted during the environmental and planning assessment phase about the final alignment (in new areas), the management of impacts during construction and mitigation measures that will be taken to reduce potential impacts during operations.

We will work with landowners in both existing and new routes to determine how we can reasonably reduce any impacts from Inland Rail and also to talk about any opportunities that might arise.

What kind of field studies will you be conducting?

We need to complete a number of preliminary field studies to help determine the best possible alignment for Inland Rail in areas where we need to build new track. We may not need to complete all these studies in any one area, however these studies may include:

  • Ecological – flora and fauna, aquatic ecology
  • Water quality
  • Groundwater
  • Soils and geology
  • Noise
  • Air quality
  • Cultural heritage
  • Transport
  • Social and socio-economic
  • Land use
  • Landscape and visual amenity

Information about the type of activities to be conducted is provided in more detail with any land access negotiations, including anticipated time frames, hours of work, types of equipment and vehicles to be used.

If ARTC conducts field studies on my property, what is covered in the access agreement?

We are committed to ensuring the least disruption as possible, so it is important for you to raise any conditions or concerns you may have when we are negotiating the land access agreement. For example a landowner may request that activity not take place until after major events, such as harvest or that a particular access road is used as the main point of entry.

The land access agreement seeks your written consent for ARTC authorised staff and sub-contractors to gain access to identified property at various times, for agreed investigations, for a specified period of time. An example of the Land Access Agreement for Queensland and Victoria, and the Land Access Agreement for New South Wales demonstrate the agreement form between ARTC and the landowner.

Some examples of what may be negotiated include:

  • The time frame for the activity
  • The path of access
  • Any biosecurity requirements
  • Rehabilitation requirements

Landowners are fully indemnified for any activities that ARTC conducts with respect to any accident or damage and comprehensive safety management processes will be in place for all activities undertaken on your property.

We will liaise with you throughout the field studies phase to make sure that all aspects of the land access agreement are adhered to.

Biodiversity offsets

Inland Rail projects seek to avoid, minimise and mitigate the impacts of the rail corridor and infrastructure on biodiversity during the development and design of the projects.

Where impacts to biodiversity cannot be avoided or mitigated, Inland Rail will offset these impacts through native vegetation offsets programs in each state.

Queensland projects

Biodiversity offsets requirements for Inland Rail in Queensland may come under Commonwealth or state environmental legislation.

We are aiming to identify and secure a few larger and strategically located land-based offsets that deliver strategic conservation outcomes, in partnership with local communities and stakeholders.

NSW biodiversity offsets: Calling for expressions of interest

The NSW Biodiversity Offsets Scheme is administered by the NSW Department of Planning Industry and Environment and the Biodiversity Conservation Trust. For more information, visit the trust’s website at www.bct.nsw.gov.au.

We are currently seeking biodiversity offsets on private properties around 100km of the NSW alignment. Click here to view the map and see if your property fits this description.

Ecological investigations are required to enable the purchase of credits and to negotiate credit value for suitable properties.

To register your interest with Inland Rail for a Biodiversity Stewardship Site to sell biodiversity credits directly to Inland Rail please complete the expression of interest form.

Victorian native vegetation offsets

For the Victorian Inland Rail Projects, native vegetation offsets will be purchased from existing third-party offsets.

These existing offsets are approved and recorded by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) on the Native Vegetation Credit Register (NVCR) and are called ‘native vegetation credits’. For more information, visit the DELWP native vegetation website.

ARTC has been working alongside landowners around Australia for more than 18 years and we value our relationships. We like to think of landowners as our neighbours and when we are working on or near your property you can expect us to behave as guests.

Where will the Inland Rail line run?

Approximately 70% of Inland Rail's route will make use of existing rail corridors. This minimises the impact on landowners and communities as we don't need to acquire new land in these areas.

ARTC, through its 2010 Inland Rail Alignment Study, identified 1,200km of existing rail corridors to form part of Inland Rail.

It is estimated that approximately 500km of new rail corridors are required to build new rail lines to complete the missing links in the Inland Rail alignment. Various approval processes, design and surveys will be undertaken before the final rail corridor is finalised.

For more information on the rail corridor, view the individual Projects.

What if my property borders an existing rail line identified as being part of Inland Rail?

The route for Inland Rail is unlikely to change in your area. Over the coming six months you might see our teams working along the alignment, conducting various field studies required as part of environmental and planning assessment.

We will keep you notified of any planning applications relevant to your section of Inland Rail and will let you know how you can provide input to the planning process. We are happy to meet with you to listen, understand and answer your questions in person – please contact us if you would like to arrange a meeting.

What if my property appears to be on one of the new track sections?

If your property is located on a new track section, the alignment needs to go through a comprehensive refinement process, enhancing it to be most effective. We will conduct detailed technical studies and consult with landowners and communities to refine the route.

Over the coming six months you might be approached by our teams regarding the various field studies required as part of environmental and planning assessment. Nothing will happen on your property without your permission and all access will be governed by a formal agreement with you.

We will keep you notified of any planning applications relevant to your section of Inland Rail and let you know how you can provide input to the planning process. Our teams are happy to meet with you to listen, understand and answer your questions in person – please contact us if you would like to arrange a meeting.

We understand landowners will be keen to discuss the specifics of land acquisition and compensation and this will occur after the alignments in these new locations are finalised and planning approvals are in place - as we need to work through those processes to identify which properties will be required.

How can I have my say?

Landowners and communities will be consulted during the environmental and planning assessment phase about the final alignment (in new areas), the management of impacts during construction and mitigation measures that will be taken to reduce potential impacts during operations.

We will work with landowners in both existing and new routes to determine how we can reasonably reduce any impacts from Inland Rail and also to talk about any opportunities that might arise.

What kind of field studies will you be conducting?

We need to complete a number of preliminary field studies to help determine the best possible alignment for Inland Rail in areas where we need to build new track. We may not need to complete all these studies in any one area, however these studies may include:

  • Ecological – flora and fauna, aquatic ecology
  • Water quality
  • Groundwater
  • Soils and geology
  • Noise
  • Air quality
  • Cultural heritage
  • Transport
  • Social and socio-economic
  • Land use
  • Landscape and visual amenity

Information about the type of activities to be conducted is provided in more detail with any land access negotiations, including anticipated time frames, hours of work, types of equipment and vehicles to be used.

If ARTC conducts field studies on my property, what is covered in the access agreement?

We are committed to ensuring the least disruption as possible, so it is important for you to raise any conditions or concerns you may have when we are negotiating the land access agreement. For example a landowner may request that activity not take place until after major events, such as harvest or that a particular access road is used as the main point of entry.

The land access agreement seeks your written consent for ARTC authorised staff and sub-contractors to gain access to identified property at various times, for agreed investigations, for a specified period of time. An example of the Land Access Agreement for Queensland and Victoria, and the Land Access Agreement for New South Wales demonstrate the agreement form between ARTC and the landowner.

Some examples of what may be negotiated include:

  • The time frame for the activity
  • The path of access
  • Any biosecurity requirements
  • Rehabilitation requirements

Landowners are fully indemnified for any activities that ARTC conducts with respect to any accident or damage and comprehensive safety management processes will be in place for all activities undertaken on your property.

We will liaise with you throughout the field studies phase to make sure that all aspects of the land access agreement are adhered to.

Biodiversity offsets

Inland Rail projects seek to avoid, minimise and mitigate the impacts of the rail corridor and infrastructure on biodiversity during the development and design of the projects.

Where impacts to biodiversity cannot be avoided or mitigated, Inland Rail will offset these impacts through native vegetation offsets programs in each state.

Queensland projects

Biodiversity offsets requirements for Inland Rail in Queensland may come under Commonwealth or state environmental legislation.

We are aiming to identify and secure a few larger and strategically located land-based offsets that deliver strategic conservation outcomes, in partnership with local communities and stakeholders.

NSW biodiversity offsets: Calling for expressions of interest

The NSW Biodiversity Offsets Scheme is administered by the NSW Department of Planning Industry and Environment and the Biodiversity Conservation Trust. For more information, visit the trust’s website at www.bct.nsw.gov.au.

We are currently seeking biodiversity offsets on private properties around 100km of the NSW alignment. Click here to view the map and see if your property fits this description.

Ecological investigations are required to enable the purchase of credits and to negotiate credit value for suitable properties.

To register your interest with Inland Rail for a Biodiversity Stewardship Site to sell biodiversity credits directly to Inland Rail please complete the expression of interest form.

Victorian native vegetation offsets

For the Victorian Inland Rail Projects, native vegetation offsets will be purchased from existing third-party offsets.

These existing offsets are approved and recorded by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) on the Native Vegetation Credit Register (NVCR) and are called ‘native vegetation credits’. For more information, visit the DELWP native vegetation website.