Update

The IAC has prepared an information sheet of key dates and Directions. You can download it from the document library or view it here (PDF)

Overview

The Suburban Rail Loop Authority (SRLA) is proposing a 90-kilometre rail line that will connect Melbourne’s metropolitan train lines from the Frankston Line in the east to the Werribee Line in the west.

Given the scale and complexity of the Suburban Rail Loop, it is proposed to be developed in multiple stages. The first stage (the East Project), the subject of this consultation process, would entail a rapid rail service between Cheltenham and Box Hill. The remaining stages of Suburban Rail Loop would be subject to separate planning and approval processes. The Suburban Rail Loop East Project includes the construction and operation of:

  • twin-bore rail tunnels between Cheltenham and Box Hill, via a stabling facility in Heatherton;
  • six new stations constructed at Cheltenham, Clayton, Monash, Glen Waverley, Burwood and Box Hill with interchanges to existing railway stations at Cheltenham, Clayton, Glen Waverley and Box Hill;
  • stabling, train wash and maintenance facilities, an operational control centre and a power substation at the proposed stabling facility;
  • dive structures and rail tunnel portals at either side of the proposed stabling facility;
  • a power substation in the vicinity of the proposed Burwood Station; and
  • an intervention and ventilation facility between the proposed Glen Waverley and Burwood stations.

On 20 December 2020, the Victorian Minister for Planning determined that an EES is required for the Project under the Environment Effects Act 1978.

Inquiry and Advisory Committee

The SRL East Inquiry and Advisory Committee (the IAC) was appointed by the Minister for Planning on 14 November 2021 under the Environment Effects Act 1978 and the Planning and Environment Act 1987 to advise on the Environment Effects Statement (EES), draft Planning Scheme Amendment and submissions received on the Project in accordance with the Terms of Reference. The Terms of Reference can be viewed and downloaded in the document library below.

The IAC is comprised of Kathy Mitchell AM (Chair), Michael Kirsch (Deputy Chair), Craig Barker (Member), Elizabeth Hui (Member), and Kate Partenio (Member). The IAC member biographies (PDF) can be downloaded from the document library.

The IAC will conduct a public Hearing to hear from The Project Proponent, Councils, various parties and submitters and consider and advise the Minister for Planning on the environmental effects of the Project and the draft Planning Scheme Amendment.


Submissions

The EES and draft Planning Scheme Amendment is open for public exhibition from Friday, 5 November to 11.59pm on Thursday, 16 December 2021. Planning Panels Victoria is collecting submissions during this time. To make a submission please lodge it using the submission form below.

Inquiry and Advisory Committee Process

The IAC process comprises a Directions Hearing and a main Hearing.

Directions Hearing

The Directions Hearing will be held at 10.00am on Friday, 28 January 2022. At the Directions Hearing, the IAC will discuss the IAC process, including the arrangements for the Hearing. It will also:

  • discuss site inspections
  • discuss a draft timetable and the format of the Hearing
  • outline its Request for Further Information from the Proponent
  • answer any questions that submitters may have about the IAC process including the Hearing
  • provide directions about exchanging information, including evidence.

Public Hearing

The public Hearing process will be held the week commencing Monday, 28 February 2022 and will likely run for 10 weeks sitting Monday - Thursday, noting that Easter falls in mid-April. Members of the public and any other parties seeking to be heard at the public hearing are required to submit a written submission and indicate on the submission form that they would like to be heard at the Hearing.

The Public Hearing allows for:

  • The Proponent to set out its case and provide evidence in support of the Project
  • Municipal Councils, agencies, community groups and submitters to speak to their submissions and call evidence if required.

Privacy and Intellectual Property

Please note that your submission will be treated as a public document in accordance with the Privacy Collection Statement (which can be accessed through document library) which may include providing it to other parties and to be on public display in the Hearing. You should not include any other personal information in the body of your submission, such as physical addresses, email address and phone details, photographs (especially of children) unless that information can be made publicly available. You can request access to your personal information held by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning by contacting the Freedom of Information Unit on (03) 9637 8186 or FOI.unit@delwp.vic.gov.au.

Privacy Collection Statement

Suburban Rail Loop East Inquiry and Advisory Committee

By making a submission to this Project, your personal information will be collected during the Suburban Rail Loop East Inquiry and Advisory Committee (the IAC) process for the purpose of documenting your views about the proposal, advising the Minister for Planning about the EES, draft Planning Scheme Amendment and the proposal, and communicating with you throughout the IAC process.

Planning Panels Victoria (PPV) is providing administrative support to the IAC.

Under the IAC’s Terms of Reference, the IAC is required to conduct any Hearings it holds in public, and to keep a record of the material provided to the IAC. PPV will:

  • provide a copy of any material you provide in your submission to other parties, including the Proponent (Suburban Rail Loop Authority), the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Environment Protection Authority (EPA), the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation, the Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation and the Bayside, Kingston, Monash, and Whitehorse Councils.
  • publish a copy of your submission and other information you may provide on a website (your personal information will be redacted first)
  • publicly display a copy of your material in the PPV Office or Hearing room if the Hearing is to be held in person
  • Provide a copy of your personal contact details to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and EPA Victoria if needed for notification of Ministerial decisions.

PPV will remove your submission from the web pages it controls at an appropriate time after the IAC has reported. PPV cannot guarantee that your submission will be removed from external web pages outside its control.

The IAC will conduct a public Hearing, either in person or using video conferencing, or both. Hearings by video conference have special privacy requirements. You should be aware:

  • a link to the Hearing will be published on the internet, and third parties will be able to join the Hearing and observe
  • the IAC will broadcast the Hearing live on the internet.

The IAC will make an audio recording (not video) of the Hearing each day and will publish recordings on the internet.

The IAC will direct that parties do not record online hearings or use them for any other purpose. However, the IAC is unable to guarantee that third parties will not be recording online Hearings, and the use of any such recordings outside the hearing context cannot be regulated by the IAC.

All participants are reminded that during the IAC process, the privacy of others should be respected and to refrain from the defamation of others.

The IAC is able to hear submissions or accept material on a confidential basis, provided this would be fair to the other parties to the Hearing. If you want to make your submissions or provide material to the IAC confidentially, you will need to seek permission from the IAC Chair and provide reasons why the IAC should treat your submissions or material confidentially.

The Minister for Planning may release the IAC’s report publicly. The report will include a list of the names of submitters, and a list of the names of the parties to the Hearing and may include direct quotes from submissions. If released, the report will be published on the internet.

PPV will retain a copy of your original submission and any additional material provided to the IAC at PPV for five years after which it will be sent to the Public Records Office of Victoria. All additional copies of the submission and other material held by PPV will be securely destroyed.

If you would like a copy of any material that you provide to the IAC, or a copy of any recording the IAC makes of the Hearing, you can request a copy from PPV by email at srl.iac@delwp.vic.gov.au.

If you have any concerns in respect to the way your personal information or submission will be used please contact PPV on 136 186 (select option 6).