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.

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.

Urban design framework

The Tottenham to Albury project team will develop a design approach using an Urban Design Framework (UDF).

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.

View the UDF fact sheet

Planning scheme amendment

Before works start, we will make a request to the Victorian State Minister for Planning to amend the planning schemes for:

  • Whittlesea
  • Mitchell
  • Strathbogie
  • Benalla
  • Wangaratta
  • Wodonga.

The amendment is a change to the relevant planning scheme to apply a project-specific planning control that will remove the need for separate planning permits, subject to conditions being met to the satisfaction of the Minister for Planning.

Heritage permits

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. 

View the Glenrowan Heritage Map

View the 3D model of Beaconsfield Parade bridge

Environment report

In August 2020, the Minister for Planning confirmed the project wouldn’t require assessment through an Environment Effects Statement. However, we’re required to:

  • complete an environment report, including listing potential impacts to flora and fauna, and planned measures to manage or minimise these impacts during construction
  • develop an environmental management framework, informed by the environment report.

The report and framework must be approved by the Minister for Planning before construction starts.

View the Environmental Effects Referral

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.

View the EPBC Referral

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.

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

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