The Albury to Illabo project is in the reference design stage


Environment planning and approvals

The Albury to Illabo project is now undergoing an EIS planning and approvals process.

The project was classified as State Significant Infrastructure by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) in May 2020.

The project status was upgraded to Critical State Significant Infrastructure (CSSI) in March 2021.

A scoping report has been lodged with DPIE and is a high-level, preliminary assessment which addresses property and community impacts and guides the project’s environmental assessment requirements. This report will be published on the DPIE Major Projects website, when available.

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment determined the Albury to Illabo project does not require assessment and approval under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC Act).

We are also gathering further information to feed into the EIS for consideration by the DPIE. It will capture information gathered from consultation with the landowners and other stakeholders such as councils, industry and the wider community on the process of narrowing the study area to define a final rail corridor.

Work to compile the EIS began in 2020.

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 DPIE when assessing the project. The Minister for Planning and Public Spaces will make a decision on the project’s approval.

Process to assess 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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