Project Stage

In parallel to the Procurement stage, projects develop an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or similar planning approvals application which consolidate findings of all the environmental and technical investigations and community…

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Illabo to Stockinbingal Environmental Impact Statement

The Illabo to Stockinbingal Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was released for public exhibition and comment by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) on Wednesday, 14 September 2022 and closed on Wednesday, 26 October 2022.

During this time, the community and key stakeholders were invited to view and make a submission to DPE on the EIS.

Since the EIS exhibition, Inland Rail has undertaken further investigations and prepared a Response to Submissions (RtS) report that includes an analysis of the number and type of submissions and the issues raised, a response to those issues including any further environmental assessment or mitigation measures, and an updated justification and evaluation of the project. The RtS report also documents all additional community engagement undertaken since preparation of the EIS.

DPE will now complete its assessment of the merits of the project in accordance with Government legislation, policies and guidelines and will provide an assessment report for the Minister to consider when deciding on the project approval. DPE will publish the decision online and will give public notice of the reasons for the decision and how community views were taken into account in making the decision.

To view the RtS report visit the DPE website.

Summary of Findings

We have a Summary of Findings document to help you understand what is covered in the EIS with an overview of the potential effects of the Illabo to Stockinbingal project and the proposed management measures.

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Aerial view of the Stockinbingal Grain Silos, New South Wales.

EIS events

Inland Rail is hosting three drop-in sessions on how to navigate the EIS.

If you are unable to attend or would like to speak to a member of the team please call 1800 732 761 or email

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Environmental planning and approvals

The Illabo to Stockinbingal project is progressing through the following environmental approvals:

  • In March 2021 the project status was upgraded to Critical State Significant Infrastructure (CSSI)

View the news article

  • In June 2018 we lodged a State Significant Infrastructure (SSI) application and Scoping Report with the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE).

View the SSI report

  • In August 2018 the project was determined to be a ‘controlled action’ and requires assessment and approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act 1999) before it can proceed.

View the controlled action decision of assessment

  • In September 2018 the project was declared State Significant Infrastructure by the DPE and issued a Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs). DPE issued the revised SEARs for the project on 30 April 2021.

View the SEARs

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