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.
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)
- In June 2018 we lodged a State Significant Infrastructure (SSI) application and Scoping Report with the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE).
- 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.
- 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.
August 3, 2023
Responding to your noise and project delivery feedback
Your feedback from our latest May to June community survey indicated communities are keen to know more about how we will manage noise during the operation of Inland Rail, as well as construction timing for each section.
December 9, 2022
Illabo to Stockinbingal project’s ICN Gateway site open to local suppliers
A new site on the ICN Gateway online supplier registration platform for the Illabo to Stockinbingal project is now open to local suppliers to express interest in available work packages.