The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act is environmental legislation administered by the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.
It provides a framework to protect and manage nationally and internationally important flora and fauna, ecological communities and heritage places – typically referred to as Matters of National Environmental Significance.
Two referrals were submitted under the EPBC Act for project works associated with the Gippsland Line Upgrade: Traralgon to Longwarry East (referral number 2019/8564) and Pakenham to Longwarry East (referral number 2019/8563).
The referral for Traralgon to Longwarry East was determined as Not a Controlled Action under the EPBC Act and was published on the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment website on 13 August 2020. The referral document outlines Matters of National Environmental Significance within the project area and the approach that would be adopted to mitigate potential impacts of the project on these matters. You can view the EPBC approval.
The referral for Pakenham to Longwarry East is deemed a Controlled Action under the EPBC Act, as parts of the project area contain habitat for federally listed threatened species including the Southern Brown Bandicoot.
As part of the approval process, the Preliminary Documentation for this referral was available for public comment.
Submissions closed at midnight on Friday 7 May 2021.
Amendment GC124 to the Latrobe, Baw Baw and Cardinia planning schemes was approved by the Minister for Planning on Tuesday 24 December 2019.
The planning scheme amendment will allow the use and development of land in those local government areas to enable project works between Pakenham and Traralgon.
These works will enable much needed extra off-peak services and better reliability, with track duplication, a crossing loop extension and second platforms at stations providing more opportunities for trains to pass each other.
The draft planning scheme amendment was available for public comment from Thursday 20 May to Thursday 20 June 2019.
Amendment C105 to the Wellington Shire Planning Scheme was approved by the Minister for Planning on Friday 17 May 2019.
The planning scheme amendment allows the use and development of land for the new Avon River rail bridge.
The new bridge will improve reliability on the Bairnsdale line and allow trains to travel faster in this section.
The draft planning scheme amendment was available for public comment from Monday 24 September to Wednesday 24 October 2018.
On 6 June 2019 the Minister for Planning designated the project area under section 95 of the Major Transport Projects Facilitation Act 2009.
The designation of the project area enables the project proponent (Secretary to Department of Transport) to use the project delivery powers (including land acquisition) under the Act.