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  • Inland Rail is a freight rail connection between Brisbane and Melbourne. The route will be approximately 1,700 kilometres in length - including over 1,000 kilometres of major upgrades and enhancements and over 500 kilometres of new track via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland
  • The works are proposed to be delivered by ARTC progressively over a 10 year period with full delivery in 2025
  • Seven projects will be undertaken in NSW across three main sections – Albury to Parkes, Parkes to Narrabri and Narrabri to the Queensland Border
NSW Department of Planning and Environment will independently assess the application based on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), community, council and agency submissions and ARTC’s Response to Submissions report.
  • Prior to receiving the application, the Department requested ARTC consult with local and state authorities.
  • ARTC consulted with local and state authorities, community groups and affected landowners.
  • Following the lodgement of the EIS, the Department advertised the proposal in the Sydney Morning Herald, Dail Telegraph, The Australian, The Land, Narrabri North West Courier, Moree Champion and Moree Border News.
  • The EIS was on exhibition at the Department's head office, the administrative offices of Moree Plains Shire Council, Narrabri Shire Council and Gwydir Shire Council, Narrabri Library, Wee Waa Library, North Star Post Office, Croppa Creek Store, Dhyiiyaan Aboriginal Centre and Nature Conservation Council (electronic copy). The EIS can still be viewed on the Department's website. 

This project is classified as critical State significant infrastructure, and ARTC must seek the approval of the NSW Minister for Planning for this part of the project.


The EIS for the project was on public exhibition from 15 November 2017 to 15 December 2017.

The development proposal was on public exhibition from 15 November to 15 December 2017. Exhibition is now finished and submissions are being considered. 

  • Following the public exhibition of the EIS, the Department will forward all submissions to ARTC and may require ARTC to prepare a Response to Submissions (RtS) report. The RtS is required to address all concerns or issues raised by the community, councils or government agencies in their submissions. A Preferred Infrastructure Report (PIR) may be required if there are proposed changes to the project.
  • The Department will publish the RtS and all the submissions on its website. If you requested your name and address be withheld, your published submission will not include your name or address but it will include any other personal information about you which you have chosen to include. If a PIR is prepared, this will also be made available on the Department’s website.
  • The Department will review all submissions received and thoroughly assess ARTC’s RtS (and PIR if one is prepared).. The Department will then prepare the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Report. This includes a recommendation to the Minister for Planning about whether the project be approved or rejected. The Minister will then make a determination on the project.

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Page last updated: 31/07/2018