Project Status: Open

How you can have Your Say:

Thank you for participation in the conversations about Canberra’s Light Rail to date.

Major Projects Canberra (MPC) is undertaking the first step in seeking environmental approvals for the components that will form part of the extension of the Light Rail network from the City to Woden. We have submitted a referral of both the City to Commonwealth Park and Commonwealth Park to Woden components of the extension under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC Act). You are able to view the two referrals at Department of Environment and Energy website.

The Federal Department of the Environment and Energy (DoEE) seeks views on the environmental and heritage impacts around the expansion of the light rail network. You can make a submission to DoEE during the 10 business day public comment period (16-29 July 2019) quoting the reference number and title of the referral to:

Referrals Gateway
Assessment and Governance Branch
Department of the Environment and Energy
GPO Box 787, Canberra
ACT 2601

The EPBC Act provides for a public comment period of 10 business days (with no extensions). A decision on whether a proposed action requires further impact assessment and approval will be made within 20 business days. The outcome of the decision will be made publicly available on the DoEE web site.

For more information about the DoEE’s public comment process, time frames and guidelines please go to http://epbcnotices.environment.gov.au/.

If you require further information you can also contact the Referrals Gateway on 02 6274 2496 or email epbc.referrals@environment.gov.au.

What we are looking at:

MPC are working to extend the light rail network to Woden. We are currently progressing the planning approvals in the City to Woden corridor as two components:

  • City to Commonwealth Park - which will extend the existing City to Gungahlin light rail line with City West, West Basin, and Commonwealth Park; and
  • Commonwealth Park to Woden - which will further extend the light rail network over Lake Burley Griffin, through the Parliamentary Triangle, and on to Woden.

Progressing this corridor expansion as two components may enable us to progress the City to Commonwealth Park element more quickly whilst we consider the sensitive or challenging heritage, environmental and design features of Commonwealth Park to Woden. These considerations will be carefully addressed in partnership with the National Capital Authority and can be progressed whilst the City to Commonwealth Park works are underway.

How we will use your views:

The EPBC Referral assessment and approvals process is managed solely by the DoEE. MPC encourages you to make comment on the two referrals submitted regarding plans to expand the Light Rail network to Woden.

Major infrastructure projects like light rail undergo several assessment and approval processes before construction can begin.

Throughout 2019 and early 2020 we will look at the environmental and heritage impacts of the expansion of the light rail network to Woden. As part of our assessment, we will also undertake, the Commonwealth’s multi-step process for assessments, which includes:

  1. An initial referral is submitted for each of the two components (the City to Commonwealth Park and Commonwealth Park to Woden) and assessed by the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy. This assessment will follow the process under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC) and will determine what further impact assessments need to be undertaken before formal approval is sought. During the referral assessment there is a 10 business day consultation period during which we welcome your comments. You can read and provide comment on the referral documents on the Department of Environment and Energy website.
  2. Once the referrals have been assessed, the ACT Government can start working with the community on the relevant environmental assessments (as required by the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment). We will let the community know when this occurs and how you can find the correct information and have a say.
  3. After these extensive consultation and engagement processes, the ACT Government will then submit each environmental assessment to the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy for final approvals.

The preparation of environmental assessments, consultation and the seeking of final approvals are likely to progress separately for the City to Commonwealth Park Project and Commonwealth Park to Woden Project.

Heritage and environmental approvals under the EPBC Act then clear the way for final project design work, which is then subject to a Works Approval by the National Capital Authority and, in the Parliamentary Zone, approval by Federal Parliament.

Ongoing Consultation

Community and stakeholder input directly received or informing the assessment of regulators helps shape the planning, design and construction of Light Rail.

As well as informing the Gungahlin to City alignment, you have helped the Light Rail expansion projects:

  • Select potential routes
  • Explore the best way through the complex approval process via a Commonwealth Inquiry
  • Identify future information needs for the community and businesses during design, construction and operation

Register your interest in the expansion of the light rail network to ensure we reach you with the right information and help you stay informed as the project progresses.