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State Significant Infrastructure

Assessment

Inland Rail - Illabo to Stockinbingal

Junee Shire, Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional

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Construction and operation of around 37 kilometers of single track railway from Illabo to Stockinbingal, including one crossing loop, to accommodate double stacked freight trains.

EPBC

This project is a controlled action under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and will be assessed under the bilateral agreement between the NSW and Commonwealth Governments, or an accredited assessment process. For more information, refer to the Australian Government's website.

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Notice of Exhibition (1)

Early Consultation (1)

SEARs (1)

SEARS (1)

EIS (67)

Response to Submissions (20)

Agency Advice (12)

Additional Information (1)

Submissions

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David Carter
Comment
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Message
please see the attached documents
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Yvette McKenzie
Object
BETHUNGRA , New South Wales
Message
The Inland Rail- Illabo to Stockbingal SSI-9406.
The project has had ill thought put into it in regards to the impacts on the land and productiveness of where the route lies.
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NSW Farmers
Object
SYDNEY , New South Wales
Message
Please see the submission on behalf of NSW Farmers attached.
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CC & NE Baldry
Object
BETHUNGRA , New South Wales
Message
Please see attached our submission in detail. If you would like any further information please contact us directly. Thank you for your time. Kind Regards, Carl and Nicole Baldry
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John Lawson
Comment
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Message
see attachment
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Hunt and Hunt Lawyers
Object
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Message
We request that our clients' names are redacted on the attached submission before being publicly published.
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JUNEE SHIRE COUNCIL
Comment
JUNEE , New South Wales
Message
Please see attachments.
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timothy berryman
Object
stockinbingal , New South Wales
Message
Our farm aggregation of approx 2500acres has been owned and operated by us since 1947. We have 2nd,3rd and 4th generation's living and working on the farm.
We are a highly productive mixed farming enterprise producing grains, wool and meat. Myself and my young family live on the southern side of Burley Griffen Way and my parents live on the northern side of the Burley Griffen Way. Our farm also operates on either side of Dudauman road, south of Stockinbingal.
Inland rail will severely impact our farm.

To this point, ARTC have not provided any detail on how they will deal with the problems of access, pest/ weed control and water flow that Inland rail will cause.
For our business to continue post Inland rail we need to be able to move our livestock and machinery around the farm in an efficient and timely manner.
There are 3 main access issues that urgently need addressing.

1. The loss of direct access across Dudauman rd between "Fairfield" and "Moonaculla"
We currently have and have always had direct access across Dudauman rd which is used on a daily or weekly basis to move livestock and machinery across property on either side of the road. Sheep can be moved quite easily across this road as it is relatively quiet and and they are crossing directly from one side to the other .Our livestock movements are frequent as our handling facilities are located on "Wyuna", "Springrove" and "Moonaculla".
Without a crossing we would be forced onto Corby's lane then have to cross a rail corridor, rail track then turn onto Dudaman rd and muster along the road before entering the property again. This will be extremely difficult and time consuming requiring extra staff and dogs that aren't available to us. Issues with bio-security are created when sharing roads with neighboring livestock enterprises.
There are no sheep handling facilities on "Fairfield" as we haven't needed them before .
We also use this crossing to move unregistered machinery such as tractors, Boomsprayer, spreader,chaser bins, that can't be moved on road.The boomspray in particular is problematic because it is illegal to travel on road with chemical and we have no means of filling up with water at "Fairfield".

2. The loss of access to severed parcel of land on "Springrove" adjacent to Burley Griffen Way .
This paddock is to be dissected diagonally by the rail line leaving no access to the eastern side. Without a crossing we will have no way of moving livestock or machinery into this parcel of land.
ARTC indicate that there is a road on paper from Stockinbingal village that means they don't need to provide a crossing. No actual road exists here and there is no way to access this parcel of land with livestock or machinery.

3. The loss of safe driveway access to"Springrove" from Burley Griffen Way after it is realigned to accomodate Inland rail.
We have 2 driveways into "Springrove" from Burley Griffen Way . The first is adjacent to bridge over Dudauman creek . This entrance is used several times daily for cars, school bus etc. It is built up 1.8m high so is unaffected by weather and can be used year round. We use this entrance for machinery and livestock during wet weather periods when our 2nd entrance opposite "Wyuna" is cut off when the creek is running.
The Burley Griffen Way presently runs in a straight line in both directions from our gateway which gives a long line of sight to oncoming traffic. BGW is a very busy road with frequent Bdouble truck and vehicle traffic.
Once re-aligned the road bridge will run diagonally from our gateway up and over Inland rail to Stockinbingal.
Our concern is our driveway will become unsafe due to reduced sight distance which has been echoed by ARTC engineers as well as transport for NSW technical officer's who are waiting for detailed designs from ARTC. With our 2nd access weather dependant it is vital we receive either a slip road on this entrance and or works to make the 2nd entrance useable when creek is running.

Issue's of weed /pest control and water flow that haven't been addressed :
1. Where the rail track runs through "Moonaculla" parallel to Dudaman road.
This section of track has a strip of land running next to the rail corridor. The strip is too narrow to farm or operate a boomspray in and will harbour pests and noxious weeds that will need to be controlled. Sheep can't graze it as close proximity to trains would cause them to spook and crush.
Our dam that currently fills with runoff from Dudauman rd is set to be filled in and a culvert will then direct water that previously went into dam straight across our paddock. This will cause large boggy areas , erosion and loss of production.

2. Where track dissects "Springrove" opposite Burley Griffen Way.
During rain events large volumes of water flow alongside BGW. When the rail track is built this flow will be redirected into our paddock in large volumes with nowhere to go.
With no crossing into the severed parcel of land there will be no way to control noxious weeds and pests and no way to for firetrucks to access in case of fire.

See attached property maps to gain a clearer picture of these issues .
Yours Sincerely
Timothy Berryman
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Ian Friend
Comment
Bethungra , New South Wales
Message
Attached is our submission.
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Cootamundra Shire Council
Support
COOTAMUNDRA , New South Wales
Message
Cootamundra Gundagai Regional Council supports the Inland Rail Project and the IIlabo to Stockinbingal link and hereby makes a submission detailing Council's comment on the project-. This submission is attached
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John Green
Comment
COOTAMUNDRA , New South Wales
Message
I own an operational farming property of approximately 540 acres on the Old Sydney Road approximately 5km west of the village of Bethungra, property known as "Omolue". The property fronts onto the Old Sydney road for 2.2kms. (ARTC PropertyID:4056951) and (Lot ID: DP/3//237404).
Operations include the growing of crops ie. wheat, barley, and canola and sheep and cattle raising ie. fat lamb production and wool growing and beef production. The proposed final design of Inland Rail project effectively divides my property into two parts as the length of the railway line covers the length of my property from north to south approximately 1.5km. The farming property was has been operated by the Green family since 1970.
'Omolue' has a crop rotation system wheat, barley and canola and pasture of lucerne and clover. One or two paddocks are in crop each year. Along with cropping, sheep and lambs are raised in the non cropped paddock(s). With the affected area of the proposed railway line, livestock and winter crops are in operation.

Attached is my submission along with maps and photographs.
John Green
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Robyn GRAY
Support
Stockinbingal , New South Wales
Message
*Access to our property.
Firstly, we reiterate our major concern with the blocked state of the existing drainage on the Eastern boundary of our property.
As outlined in a previous submission the resulting impact of flood water on our driveway will make maintenance and access untenable.
This is the only point of access to our property from the public road network and it appears to be significantly impacted by the redirection of water through a new culvert under the realigned Burley Griffin Way. The culvert discharges water onto our property and across the driveway before entering the clogged Stockinbingal drainage levee.
The relevant QDL is "Afflux - surrounds of residential buildings, other urban, open spaces recreational land and infrastructure"- 100mm
For the 1% AEP the modelling predicts an increase above existing depths of up to 35mm in the access road from West St. The existing water depth is approximately 500mm at this location.
*We feel the limit of 100mm (increase in depth) is unreasonable considering this location is our ONLY access on and off our property.
****We ask - Why is this limit any different to a public road limit of 10mm?
Having travelled onto our property in a small car during a flood event, I believe any increase in depth would make the access impassable.
*Flood plan- Hydrology report inaccuracy
We have witnessed 3 flood events since purchasing the property 18 months ago.
Subject to the recent flood event 22.10.22 confirming water flow, we know the current flood plan is incorrect. Water from Dudauman Creek does not impact sheds 3,4,5,6,7 as shown on the flood plan. This flooding of the sheds is sourced from the rear of the property, the railway culverts, on the southern boundary.
We request a hydrologist to visit and discuss on sight the flow of water, to take into account our observations, to hopefully alleviate future issues. We believe this is a major oversight. Flow from these culverts has been raised before, however subsequent flood plans showed no change.
Andrew Minehan
Object
Stockinbingal , New South Wales
Message
Attention Peter Hawke
I would like to express my objection to a construction compound #29 proposed location on my property to be used for Inland Rail -Illabo to Stockinbingal construction .Application number SSI-9406.If this compound was to be located in my paddock adjacent to Freemans lane level crossing it would have a huge adverse effect on the day to day operations of my property .With the rail dissecting the property and the Freemans lane crossing my only way of moving stock across the line a compound with numerous staff and constant vechicle movements would make this operation impossible.The construction of the compound was reviewed with Grant Johnson from Inland Rail and myself in November 2021 where I first objected to its location and I was informed the project team decided the compound was not required and would be removed.I would like it recorded that I objected to placement of the compound and understood it was removed from being needed.
Also in this submission I would like raise the issue of fencing the rail corridor at the Freemans lane level crossing.With the increased number of trains I am concerned the risk of livestock-train collisions is elevated.I would like confirmation that the corridor will be fenced at the crossing in a similar manner to Corbys Lane to reduce this risk and allow the orderly movement of livestock across the rail to continue under the increased use of the rail.
Regards Andrew Minehan
0427262338
[email protected]
Name Withheld
Comment
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Message
please see attached document
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Owen Lloyd Jones
Support
BETHUNGRA , New South Wales
Message
Environmental Impact Statement
Factors that we have considered in our assessment include:

• The highest and best use of the holding and impacts on market value and the use of the land for farming and grazing purposes;
• The project works as currently proposed and the impact on access for stock movements, heavy vehicles, farm machinery and general management and overseeing duties, from the parts of the property east of the line, to the parts on the west of the line.
• Cropping impacts and severance issues following the creation of narrow land strips along the western side of the line between the corridor and Ironbong Road;
• Impact on existing fence lines and water flow as a result of the works and changes to paddock configurations;
• Impacts on the use of the land on the western side of corridor south of Ulandra Creek due to access restrictions for heavy vehicles and machinery to these paddocks;
• Loss of a triangular area adjacent to Ulandra Creek underbridge which will be cut off from the rest of the property;
• Loss of the primary place of residence and associated improvements;
• Visual impacts over the landscape following construction of the line;
• Noise and vibration impacts as result of the new railway corridor including a crossing loop and maintenance siding;
• Distance and time delays to any proposed crossings and stock underpass points;
• Length of track and corridor through the property;
• Major bio-security issues with shared livestock crossings
• WH & S concerns with vehicle movements over designated crossings and fire risk associated with access restrictions and impacts of temporary occupation licences including long term effects on land capability to designated areas.
McClintock's Daughters Pty Ltd
Object
JAMBEROO , New South Wales
Message
Please see attachment
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Robyn GRAY
Support
Stockinbingal , New South Wales
Message
We have grave concerns for the flood impact to our property resulting from the Illabo to Stockinbingal Inland Rail Project and realignment of the Burley Griffin Way.
Our small farm is adjacent to the newly aligned Burley Griffin Way and hydrology reports recently conducted indicate significant flooding to the access and the front of our property.

We reference the Land Acquisition Pack and updated section 2 (flooding) and Appendix D (flood impact maps) (dated September 2022) and the EIS currently on public exhibition.

We are seeking to clarify the following points:
* What are the Flood Management Objectives (refer LAP) or Quantitative Design Limits (refer EIS) applicable to the driveway allowing access to our property entrance on West Street to our residential dwelling? There is no FMO applicable to residential access. (Table 2.2) This is the only point of access to our property from the public road network and it appears to be significantly impacted by the redirection of water through a culvert under the realigned Burley Griffin Way. The culvert discharges water into our property and across the driveway before entering the Stockinbingal drainage levee. Using other FMO's this area appears to fail on afflux, velocity and duration with no solution provided.
* With reference to the LAP section 2.4.4, please indicate on a map the area "deemed unsafe for small vehicles".
It is of grave concern to us that we will not only be unable to access or leave our property in a rain event but also that our driveway will be significantly damaged and possibly be unpassable for some time, without earthworks being conducted each time the water pools.
* The colour coded scale for most of the maps is broad (eg flood depth scale is in 500mm increments). To assist in visualising the impact of a 10% and 1% event, please provide the following for the driveway:
Flood depth existing and design
Flood duration existing and design
Velocity existing and design
* Noting from the EIS there is a culvert blockage consideration in the flood modelling, is there a similar blockage consideration for the channel between the levee?
* The new culvert under the realigned Burley Griffin Way (Culvert ID PR37550-04) directs an increased water flow across the eastern portion of our property. What works are proposed to manage the increased water from the new Burley Griffin Way culvert, across and under our driveway access from West Sreet, to the Stockinbingal levee channel?
* It is observed that the road drainage system and levee are infrequently maintained. The levee system has dense vegetation and significant debris present. We don't consider the downstream infrastructure fit for purpose now and certainly not with increased water directed to this area. We seek clarification on the responsibility for maintenance of this infrastructure (new culvert, downstream drainage and levee) and commitment going forward.
* We have heard about an item from the recent flood recommendations which specially deals with maintenance of public infrastructure such as drainage systems (eg channels and levees) and we ask who ensures such recommendations are dealt with?
**** We know we will be severly impacted with access to our property and our dwelling under the current scope of works.
* Moving forward, we believe that-
1 There needs to be major work completed on the drainage system from the new culvert to the Levee system, clearing of the dense vegetation to ensure water gets away.
2 Our driveway will need to be raised and constructed to an all -weather access to ensure we are not adversely impacted by the construction of the Inland Rail Project.
Please see attached photos of the current state of the existing drainage system at the front of our property which is not fit for purpose.
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GOLDENFIELDS WATER COUNTY COUNCIL
Comment
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Message
Comments provided in attached Letter
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Cootamundra Gundagai Regional Council
Support
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Message
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Junee Shire Council
Comment
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Message
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Project Details

Application Number
SSI-9406
EPBC ID Number
2018/8233
Assessment Type
State Significant Infrastructure
Development Type
Rail transport facilities
Local Government Areas
Junee Shire, Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional

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Chris Marsh