Stage One: Beveridge to Albury
During the reference design stage, our team undertakes investigations and field studies and consults with communities and stakeholders to try to determine the preferred design for the works required.
Across all 12 sites, we have undertaken extensive field studies to gain an understanding of the environmental features, technical challenges and opportunities for each site. These have included:
- ecology studies
- built heritage studies
- archaeology studies
- Aboriginal (cultural heritage) studies
- noise and vibration studies
- air quality studies
- geotechnical studies.
Landowners, neighbours and communities along this section of the rail line have also provided invaluable feedback that assists us developing our design options.
To date, our team have been able to identify a preferred design solution for most of the 12 sites. At sites we don’t have a preferred solution, we will continue to work with communities and stakeholders to progress planning.
Environment Report display period closed
In Victoria, a key step in moving ahead with Stage 1 of the Inland Rail Tottenham to Albury (Beveridge to Albury) project is to complete an Environment Report.
The Victorian Minister for Planning directed the Project to complete this Report to ensure Inland Rail meets regulatory requirements to manage the environment within project areas across North East Victoria.
This means we have completed a range of important assessments for each of the 12 sites in Stage 1 to compile the report, for the Minister’s assessment.
On 1 November 2021, we submitted the project’s Environment Report and relevant supporting documentation to the Minister for Planning. The public display period is now complete.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to make a submission. Your feedback will help the Minister for Planning better understand the views of the community and inform the assessment of the project
- Attachment A: DELWP Scoping Requirements
- Attachment B: Enhancement Sites, Track Slews, and Signal Gantries – Ecology Existing Conditions & Impact Assessment
- Attachment C: Overhead Powerlines – Ecology Existing Conditions Report (pages 1 to 511)
- Attachment C: Overhead Powerlines – Ecology Existing Conditions Report (pages 512 to 890)
- Attachment D: EPBC Act Offset Strategy
- Attachment E: EPBC Act Offset Management Plan
- Attachment F: Draft Environmental Management Framework
- Attachment G: Consultation Report
- Attachment H: Social Impact Baseline Assessment
- Attachment I: Economic Benefits Analysis
Some of the Environment Report appendices and attachment documents files are large. If you experience difficulty accessing or downloading any of the documents, you can request a copy of the report to be sent to you on a USB drive in the mail.
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Urban Design Framework
The Tottenham to Albury project team has developed a design approach using an Urban Design Framework (UDF).
The UDF will remain in draft until the Planning Scheme Amendment is approved by the Victorian Minister for Planning. It will then be submitted for formal endorsement.
The aim of the UDF is to develop a holistic approach that integrates technical needs with heritage, biodiversity, transport planning and amenity aspects. Consultation is a key element in the development of a UDF. This provides for community and stakeholder input by exchanging information on a broad range of issues and developing support for a shared vision that will inform the Inland Rail project’s detailed design.
Planning Scheme Amendment
The Victorian Minister for Planning approved and Gazetted the Planning Scheme Amendment (PSA) applicable to Inland Rail in Victoria on 25 March 2022.
The amendment is a change to the relevant planning scheme of each Local Government, within the project area, to apply a project-specific planning control that will remove the need for separate planning permits, subject to conditions being met.
The planning schemes amended include:
This important approval allows us to progress our plans to build Inland Rail, and for regional communities in Victoria to realise the benefits of Inland Rail.
While the PSA is important, it is just one of the approvals we require before construction begins on the project.
Our team are now working through the next steps for each site, which we will share with the community in the coming months.
We are applying to Heritage Victoria for heritage permits for works that impact the Glenrowan Heritage Precinct and the Wangaratta Railway Station Complex, which are both state listed heritage places. Our project team will be available at pop-up locations in Glenrowan and Wangaratta to answer any questions on the Heritage Impact Statements and can inform you of the process to make submissions during Heritage Victoria’s exhibition period.
Heritage Victoria will advertise our permit application and we will share the details. Visit their website for more information.
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation referrals
We submitted two separate referrals, one for heritage and another for biodiversity.
In July 2020, Stage 1 of the Tottenham to Albury project was referred for assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) for Heritage Matters of National Environmental Significance at Glenrowan. The Heritage EPBC referral was accepted for consideration by the Federal Minister for Environment and the community were invited to comment. In August, the Minister for Environment determined the project could proceed without formal assessment and approval under the EPBC Act.
We then referred the Project under the EPBC Act for Biodiversity Matters of National Environmental Significance, excluding Glenrowan and Barnawartha North, which also invited community feedback. The Minister determined biodiversity matters for the project would require formal assessment and approval under the EPBC Act due to the proximity to some ecological habitats. This assessment will ensure the Tottenham to Albury project carefully manages works to minimise impacts within EPBC Act guidelines.
View the referrals on the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment’s website, alongside information about the process of assessment and decision-making under the EPBC Act.
Stage Two: metropolitan Melbourne
The section south of Beveridge, in metropolitan Melbourne, is currently on hold while a study is done to determine the location, configuration and timing of a new intermodal terminal in Melbourne.
The new terminal is a complementary development to Inland Rail and will be funded and delivered externally. Its location will determine if our current preferred reference design solution is appropriate.
We will resume our work on this section of the project once a decision is made.
The metropolitan Melbourne section is temporarily on hold while a study is undertaken to determine the location, configuration and timing of a new intermodal terminal in Melbourne.
June 29, 2022
For Kilmore Golf Club, safety is par for the course
Kilmore Golf Club is ensuring the safety of users of its grounds – with or without clubs - thanks to an Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations grant.
June 1, 2022
Wangaratta benefits from Inland Rail
Wangaratta resident and rail enthusiast Daniel Sciberras shares the community benefits he sees Inland Rail is having in his town.