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Overview

The Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) will be a new 90 km railway line that will link all the major metropolitan rail lines (including the Glen Waverley Line) to improve public transport options for getting around Melbourne. With a station to be built at Glen Waverley, it will be possible to catch the train from Glen Waverley to Monash University, Deakin University, Southland, Box Hill and Melbourne Airport (as well as many other options).

The SRL project is currently in a planning phase that is being overseen by the Suburban Rail Loop Authority (SRLA). Council has been engaging with the SRLA for about 18 months about the new Glen Waverley Station. However, we are increasingly concerned that the SRLA is not giving sufficient consideration to how the new station will connect with the existing area around it.

The Minister for Planning required the preparation of an Environment Effects Statement (EES) for the SRL East project. Submissions were invited on this in late 2021 and the Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) held a 10-week hearing, which concluded on 5 May 2022.

Council's submission outlined its concerns with the lack of regard given to Council's long term land use planning for the Glen Waverley Activity Centre. The structure plan is dependent upon the staged upgrade and intensification of 4 inter-related land uses:

  • Public transport (deliver a centrally located and integrated public transport hub)
  • Road network and public realm (redirect through traffic away from the retail and entertainment spine)
  • Retail and entertainment (upgrade the core retail and entertainment spine)
  • Mixed use development (intensify business and residential uses at key development sites)

The Suburban Rail Loop East project has the potential to realise the vision of our structure plan, but falls short on several key aspects:

  • no delivery of an integrated and revitalised transport hub for the activity centre, with a new station that does not integrate with the existing metro station and bus interchange
  • no integration of the station with Council's proposed upgrade to the Kingsway spine
  • no delivery or protection of the potential for delivery of an integrated transport hub and associated air rights development over the existing metro station
  • no provision for release of land for the activity centre ring road which is required to redirect traffic to the perimeter of the centre with associated parking and to deliver a safe, walkable and cycle friendly centre

Council's proposal meets all the planned elements of the structure plan.

All documents tabled at the hearing can be found on the Suburban Rail Loop East Inquiry and Advisory Committee Engage Victoria Web Page.

Next steps

The IAC will generate a report for the Minister for Planning by 23 June 2022. The Minister’s assessment is expected in August 2022.

Council had previously identified a suitable parcel of its land for redevelopment as a mixed-use multi-level car park at 31–39 Montclair Avenue. It had progressed feasibility and design work for this car park so that construction could have started.

The SRLA informed Council of its intention to acquire this site (amongst a number of other Council-owned land parcels) as the preferred location for the Suburban Rail Loop’s Glen Waverley station. This meant that it was no longer feasible to continue with the Montclair project. The acquisition also means that approximately 300 additional car spaces, which are currently on the site where the car park was to be built, also need to be provided for somewhere else in the Activity Centre.

As a result of the SRLA’s notification that they intend to acquire the land, Council undertook alternative site investigations and identified an existing Council-owned multi-level car park at 1–5 Bogong Avenue. Council identified this as a site that could accommodate some of the additional and replacement car parking to meet the needs of the GWAC.

Council expects the Bogong Avenue design to accommodate approximately 370-518 additional car spaces depending on the design development and approval process. It also expects a further 336 car spaces to be provided elsewhere in the GWAC and will continue to work with the SRLA towards achieving this outcome. It is imperative that an acceptable and appropriate solution for providing these car spaces is found. In particular, the car spaces need to be close to and easily accessible to the Kingsway spine, the heart of the Activity Centre.


Advocating for Glen Waverley

Don’t miss this opportunity to shape the future of Glen Waverley

  • The issues and Council's concerns are outlined below.
  • For more information, review the links and documents in the Document Library, and come to the community information session on 13 July.
  • Add your feedback to the form below by 31 July.

Council's concerns

The Glen Waverley SRL station precinct sits within the Glen Waverley Activity Centre. Development is guided by the Glen Waverley Activity Centre Structure Plan (2014). Amendment C120 was gazetted in 2018 which incorporated the GWAC Structure Plan into the Planning Scheme.

Planning and building activity over many years, has anticipated future lowering of Glen Waverley station below ground to enable better flow, activation of land over the station and pedestrian improvements to Kingsway.

The SRL Project triggers changes, particularly potential loss or relocation of parking and poorer traffic flow. Council believes lowering the Glen Waverley Metro station would improve these issues.

This formed part of Council’s EES submission. The SRLA has advised it will not be progressing this option.

Council is now seeking a connected underground pedestrian platform between the new SRL station and the existing Glen Waverley station. The SRLA instead wants to close a section of Coleman Parade to provide a pedestrian crossing above ground, connecting the two stations.

Council believes this is a missed opportunity to have a more integrated and connected station, similar to Box Hill Station which is below a shopping centre. This would also allow for a long overdue enhancement of the existing Glen Waverley Station.

SRLA have advised this is out of scope for its project.

IAC Council submission and hearing

Project update

We would like to thank everyone who participated in this process. Council made its submission on the Suburban Rail Loop East Environment Effects Statement (EES) and Planning Scheme Amendment GC197.


Environment Effects Statement

The Minister for Planning has determined that an Environment Effects Statement (EES) is required under the Environment Effects Act 1978 for the rail infrastructure elements of Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) from Cheltenham to Box Hill (SRL Stage One).

The EES has assessed potential impacts on people and places associated with rail infrastructure for SRL East supported by a range of technical studies and assessments. The EES is structured by the these impacts for each location:

  • Aboriginal Cultural Heritage
  • Air Quality
  • Arboriculture
  • Business and Retail
  • Contaminated Land
  • Ecology
  • Electromagnetic Interference
  • Greenhouse Gas
  • Ground Movement
  • Ground Water
  • Historical Heritage
  • Human Health
  • Landscape and Visual
  • Land Use Planning
  • Noise
  • Social and Community
  • Surface Water
  • Traffic and Transport
  • Vibration and Ground-borne Noise

The EES for SRL East needs to be assessed and project approvals granted before major construction can begin.

Read the EES and provide feedback

Map showing stations for Suburban Rail Loop East

Please refer to the Map Book for detailed routes. See the links below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please visit the SRLA FAQs page here

The digital EES has been prepared to make it as simple as possible to understand the project and potential impacts. The EES together with technical reports and other information can be accessed online at suburbanrailloop.vic.gov.au/EES.

You can go straight to the impact assessment by topic and location here https://srleastees.vic.gov.au/#/assessment-of-impacts.

Hard copy (non-digital) information and participation details are available at Clayton, Glen Waverley and Mount Waverley libraries.

The EES will be on public exhibition from Friday 5 November until 11.59pm Thursday 16 December 2021.

1. Give your views to the Victorian Government by 16 December 2021

Members of the public can view the EES and provide feedback by making a written submission for the consideration of an independent Inquiry and Advisory Committee. Submissions must be made by 11.59pm on Thursday 16 December 2021. Online written submissions can be made via the Engage Victoria website.

To be involved it is important that you provide your feedback on the EES.

2. Give your views to Monash Council by 30 November 2021

We also want you to share your views on the EES with Council. We will be making a submission as part of the EES process and want to have a discussion with you and hear what you have to say. This will help us understand the community's views about the environment effects on the City of Monash and help us with the submission we will prepare.

Come to an information session, or provide your views in writing. See tabs below.

Suburban Rail Loop East information sessions

3 December 2021

Council's information sessions have been completed.

Suburban Rail Loop East are holding an online information session on navigating the EES at 11am on Friday 3 December 2021. Registration is required via this link https://kapara.rdbk.com.au/landers/1c199c.html

Read the Environment Effects Statement

The Suburban Rail Loop Authority (SRLA) has prepared an Environment Effects Statement (EES) for SRL East.

The EES together with technical reports and other information can be accessed online at suburbanrailloop.vic.gov.au/EES. The EES will be on public exhibition from Friday 5 November until 11.59pm Thursday 16 December 2021.

Hard copies of the summary EES and postcards for feedback are available at Clayton, Glen Waverley and Mount Libraries.

SRLA are holding information sessions in Clayton and Glen Waverley on 24 and 25 November 2021. We encourage you to attend one of these sessions. Register using this link.

Make a submission to the Victorian Government

Members of the public can view the EES and provide feedback by making a written submission for the consideration of an independent Inquiry and Advisory Committee.

Submissions open on 5 November 2021 and must be made by 11.59pm on Thursday 16 December 2021.

Online written submissions can be made via the Engage Victoria website.

To be involved it is important that you provide your feedback on the EES.

Contact Suburban Rail Loop

This project is conducted by Suburban Rail Loop. Questions on the project itself should be directed to SRL:

Name Suburban Rail Loop Authority
Phone 1800 105 105
Email contact@srla.vic.gov.au
Website suburbanrailloop.vic.gov.au

Share your views with Council

We also want you to talk to Council about the EES. Council will be making a submission as part of the EES process and we want to hear what you have to say. Register to attend an information session and/or complete the feedback form below. This will help us understand the community's views about the environment effects on the City of Monash and help us with the submission we will prepare.

Feedback to Council closed on Tuesday 30 November to allow time to prepare our submission. Please provide your feedback directly to the Suburban Rail Loop using the link above.