Narromine to Narrabri (NSW)

Narromine to Narrabri (N2N) is one of 13 projects that completes the Inland Rail and comprises approximately 300km of new track. It is the longest project within Inland Rail.

This new track will reduce transit times and complete one of the missing freight rail links between Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane.

The alignment

In November 2017, the Australian Government confirmed the preferred study area for the N2N section of Inland Rail. This decision followed an analysis of corridor options, with the chosen preferred study area presenting the strongest benefits for industry and the community.

For more information on the N2N study area, including details on the process by which the study area was determined, please view the Narromine to Narrabri Options Report.

Progress

The Narromine to Narrabri project is now in what’s called the Project Feasibility stage. During this stage we will carry out a series of investigations to help us understand any technical challenges and opportunities.

Environment planning and approvals

In September 2018 we received the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) from the Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E). The SEARs outline the environmental impact assessment process that ARTC must follow, as well as specific environmental assessment requirements. This includes requirements for consultation across the project.

We have also lodged a referral with the federal Department of the Environment and Energy under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

In the meantime, we are gathering further information to feed into the upcoming Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The EIS document will outline potential impacts of the project for consideration by DP&E. It will also capture information gathered from consultation with landowners and other stakeholders such as councils, industry and wider community and how this was considered in the narrowing of the study area to a final rail corridor 40 to 60 metres wide.

Once complete, the EIS will be put on public exhibition for a minimum of 30 days. Community members and other stakeholders will be invited to provide their feedback and make formal submissions which will be considered by DP&E when assessing the project.

The Minister for Planning will then make a decision on whether to approve the project. The project must be approved for construction on N2N to begin.

Next steps

Since December 2018 we have been carrying out a series of investigations and field studies to gain an in-depth understanding of local ground conditions, hydrology and flooding issues and to identify local flora and fauna habitats. These activities will continue until May 2019.

What you might see in your area

  • soil and geology surveys – to understand physical ground conditions like soils and rocks. Work will include geotechnical borehole drilling and test pit investigations
  • ecological surveys – to identify habitats and/or species that exist within the area of investigation
  • utility identification surveys – to identify infrastructure such as gas and water pipelines
  • heritage surveys – investigations for any evidence of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artefacts/heritage
  • noise, air quality and vibration surveys – to measure background noise, air quality and vibration levels at key sites
  • land surveys – to identify property boundaries and any easements and to install survey pegs if required
  • hydrology studies – to obtain information about flooding and surface water movements.

Investigations on private property will be arranged on a voluntary basis with individual landowners. Some investigations will be carried out within road reserves off the roadway, with signage in place to warn motorists.

To learn more about the full range of our studies, please see the Environmental Field Studies fact sheet.

Community consultation

Community consultation is vital to the success of Inland Rail and we welcome your participation. We are committed to working with communities and stakeholders to get your feedback which will help us with further planning.

  • we held eight community meetings and drop-in sessions across the alignment in September 2018, including at Narrabri, Baradine, Curban, Gilgandra and Narromine. Community members were able to discuss the next phase of design, and better understand both the planning process and the timeframes to determine the rail corridor
  • we presented at the Narrabri Shire Council’s Stakeholder Roundtable workshop hosted by Narrabri Shire Council and the Deputy Prime Minister
  • we presented at the Gilgandra Shire Council Inland Rail business and industry opportunities workshop
  • in November 2018 the Hon Michael McCormack MP, Deputy Prime Minister, and the Hon Mark Coulton MP, Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, hosted a town hall meeting in Gilgandra on the N2N project. The meeting also included a presentation by Richard Wankmuller, CEO for the Inland Rail Programme, ARTC, and provided an opportunity for the community to have their say
  • Inland Rail has been working with NSW Farmers over a number of months to address a wide range of their questions and issues relating to Inland Rail, particularly in the Narromine to Narrabri project section. Please read the consolidated response document with covering letter sent to NSW Farmers on 24 October 2018

Keep an eye out in your local newspaper, or register with us now to keep up to date.

Community Consultative Committee

ARTC has established a Community Consultative Committee for the N2N project.

For meeting minutes, committee members and upcoming meeting details, please see the link below:

The Independent Chair is calling for additional members to the Narromine sub-committee. Find out more or download a nomination form.

Community consultative committees are a forum where Inland Rail information can be shared between the project team and the community, topics of interest discussed, and issues and concerns addressed. The committees ensure that engagement occurs at all stages of a project and allows community representatives to share their knowledge and experiences on key issues.

Contact us

You can have your questions answered about the project by contacting us directly, or asking us a question.

Narromine to Narrabri (N2N) is one of 13 projects that completes the Inland Rail and comprises approximately 300km of new track. It is the longest project within Inland Rail.

This new track will reduce transit times and complete one of the missing freight rail links between Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane.

The alignment

In November 2017, the Australian Government confirmed the preferred study area for the N2N section of Inland Rail. This decision followed an analysis of corridor options, with the chosen preferred study area presenting the strongest benefits for industry and the community.

For more information on the N2N study area, including details on the process by which the study area was determined, please view the Narromine to Narrabri Options Report.

Progress

The Narromine to Narrabri project is now in what’s called the Project Feasibility stage. During this stage we will carry out a series of investigations to help us understand any technical challenges and opportunities.

Environment planning and approvals

In September 2018 we received the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) from the Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E). The SEARs outline the environmental impact assessment process that ARTC must follow, as well as specific environmental assessment requirements. This includes requirements for consultation across the project.

We have also lodged a referral with the federal Department of the Environment and Energy under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

In the meantime, we are gathering further information to feed into the upcoming Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The EIS document will outline potential impacts of the project for consideration by DP&E. It will also capture information gathered from consultation with landowners and other stakeholders such as councils, industry and wider community and how this was considered in the narrowing of the study area to a final rail corridor 40 to 60 metres wide.

Once complete, the EIS will be put on public exhibition for a minimum of 30 days. Community members and other stakeholders will be invited to provide their feedback and make formal submissions which will be considered by DP&E when assessing the project.

The Minister for Planning will then make a decision on whether to approve the project. The project must be approved for construction on N2N to begin.

Next steps

Since December 2018 we have been carrying out a series of investigations and field studies to gain an in-depth understanding of local ground conditions, hydrology and flooding issues and to identify local flora and fauna habitats. These activities will continue until May 2019.

What you might see in your area

  • soil and geology surveys – to understand physical ground conditions like soils and rocks. Work will include geotechnical borehole drilling and test pit investigations
  • ecological surveys – to identify habitats and/or species that exist within the area of investigation
  • utility identification surveys – to identify infrastructure such as gas and water pipelines
  • heritage surveys – investigations for any evidence of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artefacts/heritage
  • noise, air quality and vibration surveys – to measure background noise, air quality and vibration levels at key sites
  • land surveys – to identify property boundaries and any easements and to install survey pegs if required
  • hydrology studies – to obtain information about flooding and surface water movements.

Investigations on private property will be arranged on a voluntary basis with individual landowners. Some investigations will be carried out within road reserves off the roadway, with signage in place to warn motorists.

To learn more about the full range of our studies, please see the Environmental Field Studies fact sheet.

Community consultation

Community consultation is vital to the success of Inland Rail and we welcome your participation. We are committed to working with communities and stakeholders to get your feedback which will help us with further planning.

  • we held eight community meetings and drop-in sessions across the alignment in September 2018, including at Narrabri, Baradine, Curban, Gilgandra and Narromine. Community members were able to discuss the next phase of design, and better understand both the planning process and the timeframes to determine the rail corridor
  • we presented at the Narrabri Shire Council’s Stakeholder Roundtable workshop hosted by Narrabri Shire Council and the Deputy Prime Minister
  • we presented at the Gilgandra Shire Council Inland Rail business and industry opportunities workshop
  • in November 2018 the Hon Michael McCormack MP, Deputy Prime Minister, and the Hon Mark Coulton MP, Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, hosted a town hall meeting in Gilgandra on the N2N project. The meeting also included a presentation by Richard Wankmuller, CEO for the Inland Rail Programme, ARTC, and provided an opportunity for the community to have their say
  • Inland Rail has been working with NSW Farmers over a number of months to address a wide range of their questions and issues relating to Inland Rail, particularly in the Narromine to Narrabri project section. Please read the consolidated response document with covering letter sent to NSW Farmers on 24 October 2018

Keep an eye out in your local newspaper, or register with us now to keep up to date.

Community Consultative Committee

ARTC has established a Community Consultative Committee for the N2N project.

For meeting minutes, committee members and upcoming meeting details, please see the link below:

The Independent Chair is calling for additional members to the Narromine sub-committee. Find out more or download a nomination form.

Community consultative committees are a forum where Inland Rail information can be shared between the project team and the community, topics of interest discussed, and issues and concerns addressed. The committees ensure that engagement occurs at all stages of a project and allows community representatives to share their knowledge and experiences on key issues.

Contact us

You can have your questions answered about the project by contacting us directly, or asking us a question.