Planning Scheme Amendment GC124 – Gippsland Line Upgrade
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.
Wellington Shire Planning Scheme Amendment C105 - Avon River Bridge
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.
Project area designation
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.