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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Site investigations, environmental assessments and field studies continue to occur during the reference design stage as we consult with landowners, councils and other key stakeholders.

We have finalised the project’s reference design and a preferred alignment has been determined. This follows extensive design review, consultation with landowners and key stakeholders, and additional assessments including a constructability assessment, ecological and cultural heritage field investigations, and survey works.

We are currently completing investigations for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), adding data from investigations and field studies which examined local ground conditions, hydrology, flooding issues, and local flora and fauna habitats.

The EIS will outline potential impacts and proposed mitigation measures for the project for review by DPE. It will also capture information gathered from community consultation and describe how this feedback helped narrow the study area to the preferred rail corridor.

The EIS will be on public exhibition by the DPE for a minimum of 28 days. During that time, community members and other stakeholders are invited to provide their feedback and make formal submissions for consideration by DPE.

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 their appraisal.

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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)

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  • 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

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

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