SEATS – South East Australian Transport Strategy Inc. was created by a group of Victorian (VIC) and New South Wales (NSW) Local Governments concerned with the poor transport infrastructure in south eastern Australia. Their initial focus was the need to improve road funding and to encourage the development of a Very Fast Train through Gippsland.

In August 1995, under the auspice of the regional development organisation Gippsland Development, the SEATS committee received a grant from the Commonwealth Department of Housing and Regional Development to undertake a study of the region’s transport needs.

Ove Arup and Partners was commissioned in November 1995 to undertake the transport study.

At that time the SEATS Committee comprised:

The main aims of the Study were to: