The Narrabri to North Star section of the Inland Rail project seeks approval to upgrade approximately 186 kilometres of existing rail line and associated facilities between Narrabri and North Star in north west NSW.
An Environmental Impact Statement for the project was on public exhibition from 15 November to 15 December 2017.
In response to submissions received, and consideration of design complexities related to the Mehi-Gwydir floodplain, the project was divided in to two separate portions to allow environmental assessment to proceed for Phase 1 separately to a new consultation and assessment process for Phase 2.
The amendment was introduced in the project’s Submissions and Preferred Infrastructure Report (SPIR) .
The Minister for Planning and Public Spaces approved Phase 1 of the Narrabri to North Star project in August 2020, which includes rebuilding existing rail track and track formation, upgrading crossings, replacing rail bridges, adding new road bridges, and providing new crossing loops.
Phase 1 consists of two sections of upgraded track and associated facilities, comprising:
The project was approved as part of the NSW Government’s Planning System Acceleration Program that is fast-tracking planning assessments to keep people in jobs and the economy moving during the COVID-19 crisis.
Phase 2 involves the upgrade of approximately 13 km of the existing rail line track and track formation within the Narrabri to North Star corridor running from Moree north to beyond the Camurra Bypass, including the Mehi-Gwydir river crossings, and construction of 1.6 km of new track and formation to bypass the Camurra hairpin.
The Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy has determined the Narrabri to North Star project to be a controlled action under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Once determined by the department, the project will be assessed by the Federal government under the Bilateral Assessment process.
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For an overview of the project from Queensland to Victoria, see this map.
Page last updated: 22/01/2021