Project Stage

We carry out various environmental and technical studies and investigations. This stage is also supported by extensive community and stakeholder consultation to listen to and act on landowner feedback and…

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The reference design for the Albury to Illabo project has been finalised and we are currently finalising the Albury to Illabo Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). This captures information from a range of investigations and studies, as well as feedback during consultation with our stakeholders and the wider community.

Once complete, the EIS will be placed on public exhibition for a minimum of 28 days. Community members and other stakeholders are invited to provide their feedback and make formal submissions, which will be considered by DPE when assessing the project.

Register to have a copy of the EIS sent directly to you on USB when the public exhibition period begins.

To register, please email your name and postal address to Please put ‘A2I EIS USB’ in the subject heading.

A written report responding to any issues that are raised during the public exhibition will be made publicly available for stakeholders and the community to view and submitted to DPE and the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces for consideration.

Environmental planning and approvals

The Albury to Illabo project is progressing through the following environmental approvals.

  • In March 2001 the project status was upgraded to Critical State Significant Infrastructure.

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  • In October 2020 the NSW Department of Planning Industry & Environment issued a Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs).

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  • In May 2020 the project was classified as State Significant Infrastructure by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) in May 2020.
  • In April 2020 we lodged a State Significant Infrastructure (SSI) and Scoping Report with DPE.

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Assessment process for New South Wales major projects

This fact sheet outlines the key steps in assessing Inland Rail major projects in New South Wales.

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Learn more about what’s involved in the reference design stage.

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