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NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
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The Parkes to Narromine Inland Rail project is classified as State significant infrastructure (SSI).


SSI are developments that have a wider significance and impact than on just the local area due to their size, economic value or potential impacts.


State Significant Infrastructure assessment process:

  • The proponent, ARTC, lodges an application and supporting documentation to the Department of Planning and Environment
  • The Department prepares the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs), which outlines issues the proponent needs to address.
  • The proponent prepares and lodges an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to address the SEARs.
  • The Department publicly exhibits the EIS and consults with local councils, government agencies, other key stakeholders and the community.
  • The Department publishes submissions and asks the proponent to address any concerns or issues raised by the community, council and government agencies.
  • The proponent prepares a formal Response to Submissions (RtS) report, if requested by the Department, which the Department makes publicly available.
  • The Department assesses the merits of the proposal, including consideration of the EIS, all submissions and community feedback, and the RtS, and makes a recommendation to the Minister for Planning for determination. 
  • The Department then notifies the proponent and relevant government agencies and councils on the outcome.

Page last updated: 05/09/2018