Sunday, May 26, 2024

EIS for Narrabri to North Star route on exhibition


The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has released the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Phase 2 of the Narrabri to North Star (N2NS) section of Inland Rail for public feedback.

Community members and stakeholders are invited to provide feedback and make formal submissions, which will be considered by the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) when assessing the N2NS Phase 2 project.

“Local communities and businesses are already seeing the benefits of Inland Rail through Phase 1 of the Narrabri to North Star Inland Rail project,” said Inland Rail Delivery Director (Central), Heather Parry.

“As of July 2022, more than 600 local residents had worked on Inland Rail and more than $166 million had been spent with local businesses and suppliers.

“Now we’re looking toward Phase 2 of N2NS, where the EIS has been finalised following extensive environmental assessments and technical investigations that included consultation with landowners, local councils, and industry groups.”

Construction started on N2NS in April 2021 with Phase 1, which involves upgrading 171km of existing track along the existing rail corridor.

Phase 2 of N2NS is now progressing through its EIS, which involves upgrading approximately 13km of existing track and building roughly 2km of new track across the Mehi-Gwydir floodplain at Camurra, north of Moree.

“Key elements of Phase 2 include raising railway heights to achieve improved flood immunity, enhancing operational capability and changes to existing bridges over the Mehi and Gwydir rivers,” said Ms Parry.

“The project will also involve upgrading drainage and associated flood management works, modifying existing level crossings to improve safety and works on utilities, modifying infrastructure and fencing impacted by the track upgrade.”

Following the EIS public exhibition, a written report responding to issues raised during the consultation will be made publicly available and will be submitted to DPE and the Minister for Planning for consideration in assessing the N2NS Phase 2 project.

The EIS is available to view and comment on at the DPE Major Projects website until midnight on 2 November.

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