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State Significant Infrastructure

Response to Submissions

Inland Rail - Albury to Illabo

Albury City, Wagga Wagga City, Junee Shire, Lockhart Shire, Greater Hume Shire

Current Status: Response to Submissions

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  3. Exhibition
  4. Collate Submissions
  5. Response to Submissions
  6. Assessment
  7. Recommendation
  8. Determination

Enhancement works to structures and sections of track along 185 kilometres of existing operational standard gauge rail from the Victorian/New South Wales border to Illabo in regional NSW. The project forms part of the Inland Rail project.

Attachments & Resources

Notice of Exhibition (1)

220826 - SS Exhibition Notice

Application (3)

BDAR Waiver Request
BDAR Waiver Determination_
Scoping Report

SEARs (1)

Issued SEARs_14102020_045506

EIS (57)

IR_3000 A2I SSI clause ad_186mmHx129mmW_mono_2021_Final
Tech Paper 14 Air Quality
Tech Paper 13 Contamination
Tech Paper 12 Groundwater
Tech Paper 11 Hydrology, Flooding and Water Quality
Tech Paper 10 Landscape and Visual Impact Assess
Tech Paper 9 Aquatic Biodiversity Impact Assess
Tech Paper 8 Biodiversity Development Assess Pt 2
Tech Paper 8 Biodiversity Development Assess Pt 1
Tech Paper 7 Operational Noise and Vibration (Rail)
Tech Paper 6 Noise and Vibration (Non-Rail)
Tech Paper 5 Economic
Tech Paper 4 Social
Tech Paper 3 Non-Aboriginal Heritage
Tech Paper 2 Aboriginal Cultural Heritage
Tech Paper 1 Transport and Traffic
Appendix I RAF checklist
Appendix H CEMP
Appendix G Preliminary land requirements
Appendix F Engagement report
Appendix E Environmental risk assessment
Appendix D Utilities management framework
Appendix C Statutory compliance
Appendix B Strategic planning review
Appendix A SEARs
Chapter 29 References
Chapter 28 Justification of the proposal
Chapter 27 Approach to mitigation and management
Chapter 26 Cumulative impacts
Chapter 25 Climate change risk adaptation & GHG
Chapter 24 Hazards
Chapter 23 Waste and resource management
Chapter 22 Air quality
Chapter 21 Sustainability
Chapter 20 Soils and contamination
Chapter 19 Groundwater
Chapter 18 Hydrology flooding and water quality
Chapter 17 Landscape and visual amenity
Chapter 16 Biodiversity
Chapter 15 Noise and vibration
Chapter 14 Economic
Chapter 13 Social
Chapter 12 Land use and property
Chapter 11 Non-Aboriginal heritage
Chapter 10 Aboriginal heritage
Chapter 9 Transport and Traffic
Chapter 8 Construction of the proposal
Chapter 7 Proposal features and operation
Chapter 6 Alternatives and proposal options
Chapter 5 Engagement
Chapter 4 Statutory context
Chapter 3 Location and setting
Chapter 2 Strategic context and need
Chapter 1 Introduction
Glossary and definitions
Table of Contents

Response to Submissions (1)

Request RTS Letter_04102022_042425

Agency Advice (10)

OUT22 14122 DPI Ag response A2I
Inland Rail - Albury to Illabo (SSI-10055) - CL Response
SSI INLAND RAIL - HNSW Comment letter - EIS
Inland Rail - Albury to Illabo - SSI-10055- HNSW ACH
DPE Water_InlandRail-Albury to Illabo_EIS
Inland Rail Albury to Illabo SSI 10055 Advice on EIS
220928 Inland Rail A2I EIS Submission with Attachments
BCD Response - A2I Flooding_EIS review
BCD Response - A2I Biodiversity_EIS review
08.09.22 - EPA advice on EIS - IR A2I - SSI 10055


Showing 1 - 20 of 145 submissions
Peter Rex
Ken Read
TURVEY PARK , New South Wales
Doug Hill
KOORINGAL , New South Wales
Craig Couzens
KOORINGAL , New South Wales
Name Withheld
Wagga Wagga , New South Wales
See attachment
Name Withheld
Wagga Wagga , New South Wales
The train should be diverted around Wagga, not through Wagga and my reasons for this;
*My heritage house might incur damage from increased vibration, therefore extra financial burden.
*Property value depreciation
*noise to increase. Sleep disturbance leading to poor health
*Increase in pollution from trains therefore, toxic to our health.
*Frequency of trains to increase which will lead to disruption to traffic, especially on Docker street which is already heavily congested during peak times. My concern especially for Emergency services cut off from the hospital etc.
Residents on railway should be compensated if it goes ahead? Is this allocated? Windows, higher fences?
Zale Bailey
TURVEY PARK , New South Wales
ARTC continues to communicate that they as an organisation have been in contact with resident's to consult with them during the planning stage of this project.
Not once have we been consulted or has any communication from ARTC about this project.
We received 1 letter box drop of a single pamphlet that had a QR code on it to scan for information.
This is unacceptable and does not comply with due process.

We are concerned by the lack of care for the residents of wagga who are expected to put up with a doubling of the train volume and capacity.
There has been no mention of any upgrade to the 1500mm high chain link fence to something thats higher and provides some sort of acoustic mitigation. On top of that the current fence has holes throughout its length and has become a place kids and teenagers hang out and wander the tracks.
When we asked a representative at a local meeting at council (which we had no idea about until we read about it in the paper that morning) if there was any plan to upgrade the fence or fix it he said that is not in the scope of works for this project which we find ridiculous. Planning to upgrade the bridges and train line to double the train volume and quadriple the load/freight and a fence that seperates this soon to be extremely busy corridor isnt considered?

We are also worried about the value of our house if this project goes ahead and therefore are strongly against this project. This doesnt just affect us that live on the train line but hundreds of houses that are all within one block of the train line.

The freight trains as they are stop right outside our house so the other trains can pass on the other line and with the proposed doubling of the trains in volume and height this is guaranteed to create loads of extra disruption.

We have major concerns about the delay the construction and the ongoing nature of the increase in trains will affect the response times of emergency services responding to emergencys.

A bypass is the most logical thought rather than putting 20-40 freight trains through the center of our city on a daily basis.

In conclusion we dont believe this is the right thing to do and believe a bypass is the best option.
We strongly oppose this project proposal in its current form.
NSW Farmers Association - Illabo Branch
as per attached
Name Withheld
We live on the train line and have received no consultation about the effects this will have on our home during construction and afterwards when the train line is busier with larger trains.
We also have concerns around the length of the trains and how that will impact traffic, particularly emergency services, around the level crossings.
I’m worried this will negatively impact the value of our property especially as there have been no measures taken to mitigate noise and impact on residents.

It would make more sense and less impact to divert the trains around wagga rather than right through the very heart of our city causing untold noise and disruption - and that’s just in the construction phase.

To conclude I am strongly opposed to the inland rail being further developed through our city and believe there are much more suitable alternatives that can be of benefit to the entire community
Name Withheld
I object to the EIS for the Albury to Illabo Inland Rail route as it fails to properly consider the extensive disruption, health & safety impacts that the construction & the completed project will cause for the Wagga Community & for the pragmatic functioning of the City transport network.
Neither have the impacted landholders been transparently informed & justly treated.

I am totally opposed to this Inland Rail route altogether - believing that it is NOT in the best interests of Australia & should instead be going via Narrandera - Shepparton.
There needs to be an independent inquiry into the obvious political interference & pandering to big business political party donors that have produced this very unacceptable outcome for the typically, poorly consulted Wagga community.
Why is it that the local victims - the Wagga community & numerous impacted landholders have still not been properly consulted or informed of the full details in a reasonable & transparent manner?
This unacceptable, dismissive procedure is all too common for the burdened Wagga community - with Wagga politicians & Wagga Council making extremely detrimental, environmentally destructive, illogical decisions for the sole benefit of their developer, big business, colluding corporate buddies - whilst burdening locals with ongoing suffering & heartache!
Prime examples cursing rural Wagga communities are the environmentally vandalising, contaminating fake green Solar/Wind/BESS Transition, CCP controlled Project Energy Connect, HumeLink & VNI-West Transmission nightmare plus the disgracefully torturous Wagga Council supported plan to dump Visy's contaminated recycling waste at Bomen - Northridge Waste Facility - which has thankfully been knocked back for now at least - hopefully forever!

Regional communities & impacted landowners deserve far more consideration, transparency & well publicised consultations & far better treatment from planners & approving bodies.
Unbiased, balanced media - which is sadly & unjustly lacking in the Riverina - especially with such a hopelessly biased, activist public broadcaster - needs to properly inform the community in a detailed & timely manner.

It is completely illogical to inflict yet another inappropriate, obnoxious proposal midst the Wagga Wagga community - burdening us & our visitors with excessive & ever increasing noise & vibration disturbance from longer, heavier, more frequent trains & severe, prolonged, dangerous traffic disruption.
The EIS fails to properly outline effective mitigation plans - probably because they are impossible anyway! Truthful, accurate revelations are needed.
From past experience, mitigation claims are a proven failure with Wagga's RE nightmare & essential, basic conditions never being met.
This EIS gives no reassurance whatsoever that there would ever be any noise, vibration or frustrating roadblock relief at all for impacted residents, school communities & travellers.

The forced traffic delays & consequential banking up has not been taken into account from the reduced speed of the trains as they negotiate the city route. This will have a significant impact on emergency services & the lives of those in need of a far swifter trip to the hospital.

The increased length, weight & frequency of the Inland Rail trains will compromise the stability of the old Bomen to Murrumbidgee River viaduct which will not have the strength to endure & safely bare the vastly increased load stress.

Upgrading of the Edmondson Bridge will cause extreme traffic flow problems with usual commuters forced to find alternate rail crossing for at least 9 months & with almost 2,000 local residents detrimentally impacted as well as South Wagga Public School, Kildare Catholic School & Wagga Wagga High School.
These harmful changes will have unacceptable health & safety outcomes for pedestrians - including the elderly & numerous school children daily - with the ramp from the Edward St intersection steepening substantially.

The ongoing, excessive noise & vibration from construction & repetitive train operations will also have severe & distressing impacts on the local residents & school community which is completely unjust when logical, far superior alternatives for the Inland Rail route are available.
Even the very leaders who have foolishly used their political influence to pressure for this Wagga route are now back peddling given the clear stupidity of this disruptive & harmful decision for the whole Wagga Wagga community's health & safety.

In the best interests of Australia, for future generations, positive growth of Wagga Wagga & for sensible traffic management, this route must not be approved.
Monique Shephard
WAGGA WAGGA , New South Wales
I generally and strongly oppose the ARTC's proposal that the Inland Rail should be constructed through the centre of the city of Wagga Wagga as detrimental to the nature of the city, posing an environmental threat to the heritage areas both residential and commercial that surround the railway precinct, and the negative impact on community comfort, movement and safety during construction but also in the longer term due to increased duration of road closures. An alternate route that skirts the city to the south-east would be far preferable.
I would be interested to know how this really benefits the City of Wagga Wagga. How will the citizens of Wagga benefit from additional trains traversing our city (up to 45 per day), slowing our traffic movement, and causing potential harm through lack of access by emergency services (medical, police and fire), and increasing potential damage due to vibration and disturbance to homes and residents due to increased noise levels? What percentage of our region’s farmers who WILL access this service are actually locals who spend their money locally and what percentage are large multi-nationals or foreign owned organisations whose profits directly leave the area and Australia.
I am also seriously concerned at the selective inclusion of some 'sensitive receivers' (i.e. Kildare Catholic College), but not of the residents who are much closer to the railway line (only 25m). Throughout the report, ARTC has used jargon and minimising statements to present the impacts of these works in residential areas as unimportant and acceptable. This is not so. There are also inaccuracies and omissions around light impacts and increased sound for the adjoining residences in Donnelly Avenue, however there are serious omissions in excluding the homes in Little Best Street (facing Edmondson Street) and even Fox Street and Brookong Avenue, whose noise levels over any 24-hour period will be increased several hundred-fold. The proposed 40 trains per day is nearly 2 every hour, day and night.
Further, the communication around the proposal has been disingenuous, with short or no lead-up times for meetings and consultation sessions and ineffective attempts at communication. We live in these houses. We are not hard to find and communicate with.
Further, I concur with the views given by a fellow-resident, TC, and would add my name to his submission.
Name Withheld
WAGGA WAGGA , New South Wales
I object to the Albury to Illabo train-line upgrading. As someone who lives in a residence that is within 100 meters of the train-line I am quite concerned about the lack of information from the people and parties concerned in regards to noise emissions and more importantly the ground movements that will result from larger and heavier trains coming through more frequently. Quite frankly, the noise and vibrations that we already experience from the current trains is incredibly noticeable and as someone who has family who has houses and businesses in the area I am quite concerned about the damage that follows from such movement to the structures of the buildings in the area, many of which are heritage.

Whoever came up with the idea to run this train line through the middle of Wagga quite obviously has not been to Wagga. Even without the problems of noise and ground movement it would just be a massive eyesore and impeding the traffic flow of very busy streets.

In all honestly, to even be able to put in a submission has proved to be quite a difficult task - information has been scarce and the process is not easily accessible - it is almost like it has been made too hard on purpose so no-one can put in a submission.
Name Withheld
MOUNT AUSTIN , New South Wales
The Inland Rail Project - Albury to Illabo will be of benefit to the district, but I feel that the current proposed route through the centre of the City of Wagga Wagga may not be beneficial to the lifestyle & future growth of the City.
We need to take into account that while the current proposed work is being implemented it will make it extremely difficult to commute from the two sides of the city that will be divided by the railway works taking place. It will have an impact on emergency services, schools, commute times for workers & disruption to residences near the work zones.
Traffic will be redirected to routes that are already extremely busy resulting in further traffic congestion in these areas.
With future increases in the size, length & frequency of trains through the centre of the City this will have an impact on the residents of the City, especially those along the railway corridor.
Does this also result in increased noise and vibration along the railway corridor through the City of Wagga Wagga?
Will this change the way our city develops in the future?
Could an alternative plan be investigated that will address all areas of concern raised from the current Inland Rail - Albury to Illabo plan
Name Withheld
WAGGA WAGGA , New South Wales
Hi guys,

In reference to the Albury to Illabo Inland Rail I would like to protest. I understand and appreciate the intention and vision behind the project, but as someone who lives near the railway in wagga I can honestly say you must have all never been here, as it is bad enough as it currently functions. It is pure folly and reeks of hubris to think Wagga is capable of having this line run through town. With the current load our railway experiences, there are frequent issues with traffic banking up along roads and personal experiences with interrupted sleep and daytime activities due to noise and rattling ground. Wagga as a town suffers enough, and I do believe adding more to the railway line will only be a disservice to both what the railway needs and the town as a whole. If you are going to bother doing something of this magnitude, you are better off going the whole hog and bypassing town. Just like previous Prime Minister Tony Abbot's short cuts with the NBN, this will suffer the same perception as honestly, someone has not thought this through well enough, or even visited Wagga for longer than a day. You may think this will improve our railway system and provide something of some benefit to Wagga but I completely disagree, and I know many who disagree with me. You have also made protesting this beyond a reasonable amount of difficult, as your website is truly only focused on letting technologically savvy people through, and counting on the lower socio-economic, the elderly, the busy, and frankly the majority of Wagga's population not having the energy to figure out voice their say.
Name Withheld
I object to the Illabo albury train line upgrade. We appreciate what the government is trying to improve transport volume by train, however as a householder whose house is within 100m of the trainline, I am concerned about the lack of information from the parties concerned in regards to noise emissions and more importantly as a land owner damage caused by ground movement if the amount and weight of the trains is increased. What protection and what rights do we have for possible damage to our property if it goes ahead.
A solution would be to bypass Wagga, as the train line goes through the heart of the city and it’s ludicrous and impractical that has been proposed when it affects so many people.
Julia Ham
Level crossings have to be replaced by over passes.

The Inland rail and Wagga’s Special Activation Precinct are positive, innovative and exciting projects which will help Wagga grow as a regional city.

The current level crossings cause congestion and are an example of 19th Century planning. In 2022 we can do better. Build overpasses. Let the traffic flow and people be safe. Make the aim to have trains pass with little or no interruption to the towns and cities.

Build overpasses. Victoria has done it NSW can too.
kylie gaynor
Please see attached Rail submission
Ronald Mcauliffe
my Austin , New South Wales
The problems associated with the proposed changes to the railsway through Wagga Wagga is a complex and a shortsighted fix to the problem which will be regretted in the long-term. There are two level crossings which need a long-term solution particularly the Docker Street crossing as it is in a main connection to the hospitals. The many changes to be made are expenses that could be avoided and would be better spent on a by- pass. ( more expensive in the short term) that would be a much more long term solution for the expanding city of Wagga Wagga.The initial extra expense on a bypass will pay for itself over time and give the Railway a more efficient service.
kylie gaynor
I strongly oppose this Inland rail project, on many fronts. Please refer to the attachment.
Margaret McAuliffe
MOUNT AUSTIN , New South Wales
I object to the disruption of traffic by the upgrading of the Edmonson st bridge. Inconvenience to families and Kids using foot bridge to go to schools
The holdup of traffic waiting for the proposed long, and frequent trains at level crossings in the city area mainly at Docker st near the two hospitals. Emergency vehicles stopped for up to 15 minutes
The noise, dust, rattling and shaking of houses in Railway St. Erin Earth peaceful reflective garden being impacted. The whole vibe of long, noisy trains frequently passing through the centre of our beautiful expanding city
The whole plan is an absolute, ill thought out disaster. Please by pass our city. Thank you


Project Details

Application Number
Assessment Type
State Significant Infrastructure
Development Type
Rail transport facilities
Local Government Areas
Albury City, Wagga Wagga City, Junee Shire, Lockhart Shire, Greater Hume Shire

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