Sustainability registration for Stockinbingal to Parkes

Inland Rail’s Stockinbingal to Parkes project has formally registered for an IS (infrastructure sustainability) rating, declaring its commitment to the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) standards.

Wyndham Avenue bridge at Forbes, NSW

Across the Inland Rail program, we are striving to lead by example in optimising the benefits of sustainability practices throughout the design, construction, and operation of each project.

The Stockinbingal to Parkes project is the latest to register for an IS rating. At this point it specifically covers the project’s Daroobalgie Loop and Wyndham Avenue sites.

These two sites are currently in the detailed design stage. This includes designing a new crossing loop north of the Daroobalgie Road level crossing and increasing the vertical clearance under the Wyndham Avenue Road Bridge in Forbes to ensure double-stacked freight trains can travel safely.

This is the third section of Inland Rail to register for an IS rating. It joins the Parkes to Narromine project commissioned in late 2020 and the Narrabri to North Star Phase 1 project, which has recently commenced construction.

The IS rating tool developed by ISCA in collaboration with industry, drives and measures sustainability within infrastructure projects and assets. It is applied to the planning, design, and operation of infrastructure.

As part of our Sustainability Strategy, Inland Rail is committed to achieving an Excellent IS rating (between 50-74 points).

As we progress the Stockinbingal to Parkes project, we will work collaboratively with our delivery partners to determine sustainability practices to be applied during detailed design and construction.

Stockinbingal to Parkes Senior Sustainability Advisor, Brodie Akacich, welcomed the project’s IS rating registration.

“Formally requesting an IS rating really demonstrates that we are committed to sustainability on the Stockinbingal to Parkes project,” Mr Akacich said.

“This is a long game to ensure Inland Rail considers the project’s impacts not only during design and construction, but also well into the future to achieve a positive legacy.”

Inland Rail is committed to creating long-term value in delivering this transformational freight rail project, while also achieving the best possible outcomes for local communities, the economy, and the natural environment.

View Inland Rail’s latest annual sustainability report.

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