The proposed Narromine to Narrabri section of Inland Rail includes:
The Inland Rail project is an Australian Government–funded project, which forms part of the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities portfolio.
ARTC is a Commonwealth Company under the Corporations Act 2001, and has been appointed by the Australian Government to deliver Inland Rail in partnership with the private sector.
The Department will independently assess the application based on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), community feedback, council and agency submissions and ARTC’s Response to Submissions report.
The Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy has determined the Narromine to Narrabri project to be a controlled action under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The project will be assessed under an accredited assessment process.
The Department has issued Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) for the project. The SEARs outline the issues that ARTC’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) must assess. The SEARs are available on our Major Projects website.
ARTC is currently refining the project’s route and carrying out the required studies to feed into the EIS, in consultation with councils and relevant state government authorities and the community.
The Department held planning focus meetings in both Narromine and Narrabri which were attended by government agencies and all five relevant councils (Narrabri, Narromine, Warrumbungle, Gilgandra and Coonamble shires). Councils raised community concerns about the proposal.
The issues raised by government agencies and councils informed the Department’s preparation of the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs). The SEARs guide ARTC’s preparation of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) which assesses the proposal’s construction and operational impacts.
The SEARs also respond to issues raised in correspondence received by the Department from concerned local community members. These include the potential socio-economic impacts to landowners and rural communities, community engagement, property severance, the route selection process and the final alignment. The SEARs were issued to ARTC on 28 September 2018.
The SEARs require ARTC to consult with local councils, businesses, affected landowners and the community during the development of the proposal. The community has the opportunity to provide their views and comments to ARTC on the proposal during the preparation of the EIS through the contact details provided on the ARTC website.
ARTC has also advised it will soon commence Community Consultative Committee meetings as part of its community engagement for the Narromine to Narrabri proposal. The Department has appointed an independent chair for the committees, who will facilitate meetings between ARTC, appointed Council, stakeholder and community representatives. The Community Consultative Committees application process is now closed. It is expected that meetings will commence before the end of 2018.
When ARTC submits the EIS, the Department will publicly exhibit it for a minimum of 28 days.
During the exhibition period the community is encouraged to provide their feedback via formal submission. This feedback helps us better understand the opinions and concerns of the community, which informs our assessment of the project.
Page last updated: 21/05/2019