Have your say on the Environmental Impact Statement for Narrabri to North Star Inland Rail project

Media Release

DC358/2017

15 November 2017

Joint release with:

Melinda Pavey

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight

  • Environmental Impact Statement for the Narrabri to North Star section of the Inland Rail project open for public exhibition to 15 December 2017
  • This project has been declared Critical State Significant Infrastructure by the NSW Government

The next stage of the transformational Inland Rail project between Brisbane and Melbourne via Parkes is underway with the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Narrabri to North Star section released for public comment by the NSW Government.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the release of the EIS was a major milestone for the project and encouraged the local community to provide feedback.

“The EIS will give people detailed information about the project, as well the chance to make formal submissions that can be taken into account as we do further design work,” Mr Chester said.

“The EIS details the measures the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) will use to address matters such as noise, vibration and the visual impact of the rail line during construction and operation.

“ARTC will be holding community information sessions and will have experts in attendance to answer any technical questions on the project.”

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the state government was pleased to release the EIS today, and said the Inland Rail project had the potential to transform the movement of freight within the state.

“The Narrabri to North Star project was recently declared Critical State Significant Infrastructure by the New South Wales Government, affirming Inland Rail as essential to the state based on economic, social and environmental reasons,” Mrs Pavey said.

“Inland Rail will deliver significant benefits to regional NSW and is expected to increase the volumes of commodities being moved by rail. It will make it easier to move freight from farms, mines, and ports to New South Wales, national, and overseas markets.

“It will also increase reliability, improve service standards, and reduce freight costs, while boosting growth opportunities for businesses in the regions.”

The Narrabri to North Star section will make use of 185 kilometres of existing track and require 3 kilometres of new track. Works are expected to include reconstruction of the existing track, replacement of bridges and culverts, enhanced level crossings and crossing loops.

The Australian Government's $8.4billion investment in Inland Rail will support thousands of jobs during construction, and improve access for regional producers and industries to domestic and international markets.

Information session times and locations are:

DateLocationTime
November 21 Narrabri Crossing Theatre 3pm—6pm
November 22 Balo Square Moree 9am—Midday
Croppa Creek Store 1pm—2pm
North Star Sporting Club 3pm—6pm
November 28 Royal on Heber, Moree 3pm—6pm
November 29 Narrabri Crossing Theatre 9am—Midday
November 30 North Star Sporting Club 9am—Midday

Consultation for the Narrabri to North Star Project Environmental Impact Statement closes on the 15th of December.

The EIS is available online: inlandrail.com.au and majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au.