North Star to NSW/QLD Border

The North Star to NSW/QLD Border (NS2B) project is approximately 39km in length, completing one of the key missing links in the Inland Rail program. The project will consist of upgrading approximately 25km of non-operational rail corridor and 14km of new track. We are currently working through the required environmental investigations and project reference assessments, which will form part of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).


The alignment

Since 2016, the Inland Rail Team has undertaken detailed field studies and consultation with landowners and local communities. This has helped us to understand the potential issues and opportunities around the Macintyre River crossing, which resulted in the study area being reduced to a 100m focused area in November 2018.

This focused area of study follows the existing disused rail corridor towards Boggabilla and then crosses the Macintyre River before joining the existing rail line in Queensland. The NS2B project will construct a new rail line in the existing corridor and over the Macintyre River.

The 100m focused area meets both engineering and operational requirements, while reducing environmental and social impacts. It also allows for future connectivity to Goondiwindi and the broader region.

Crossing the Macintyre

Inland Rail is progressing the Macintyre floodplain flood modelling and the reference design solution for crossing the floodplain.

We have developed a detailed flood model of the Macintyre floodplain catchment area. This is based off existing flood modelling information for the area, which was developed by the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH). The model uses data from many different sources, all of which are included in the model. The model also considers the predicted future impacts from climate change.

Since August 2018, the project team have held meetings to validate the Macintyre flood model with landowners whose properties were surveyed for historic flood markers. To date the general feedback has been that the model reflects existing flood behaviour, however we will continue to review the model.

The project team will continue to liaise with directly-affected landowners, local flooding specialist, OEH and the broader community to incorporate their feedback and input into the feasibility design.

Progress

In April 2017, the Inland Rail team lodged a State Significant Infrastructure application (SSI) and a Scoping Report to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for the NS2B project. The Team also lodged a referral with the federal Department of the Environment and Energy under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

In June 2018, ARTC awarded a contract to Future Freight Joint Venture to complete reference, design and environmental assessment work. We are working together to:

  • manage the delivery of technical and environmental studies
  • produce a reference design
  • produce environment and primary approvals documents for submission to the NSW and Australian Governments.

This work gives us a better understanding of the project’s design requirements and builds on earlier investigations and community feedback. The investigations also help the team identify where in the focused area the final 40 to 60m wide rail corridor will be located.

In July 2018, the NS2B project was determined to be a controlled action and requires assessment and approval under the EPBC Act.

In August 2018, the Inland Rail team received the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

Environment planning and approvals

We are now gathering further information to feed into the upcoming Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The EIS will outline potential impacts of the project for consideration by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and will also capture information gathered from consultation with landowners and other stakeholders such as councils, industry and the wider community.

Once completed, the EIS will be on public exhibition by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for a minimum of 30 days. During that time, community members and other stakeholders are invited to provide their feedback and make formal submissions, which will be considered by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. The Minister for Planning then makes a decision on whether to approve the project.

Next steps

The NS2B project is in the project reference stage, culminating in the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement.

As part of this process we will continue to work with landowners, stakeholders and the community.

Community consultation

Local communities and landowners have been contributing to our understanding of the study areas since early 2016.

Since the approved proposed alignment was endorsed we have been meeting with local community, landowners and stakeholders to discuss next steps.

We encourage you to get involved in the process and invite you to contact the project team for more information and to provide feedback at any time.

Community Consultative Committee

ARTC has established a Community Consultative Committee for the NS2B project.

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

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.

Interactive map

We have developed an interactive map covering the North Star to NSW/QLD Border project, to help us get a better understanding of key issues from a community perspective.

The interactive map allows members of the public to have their say by simply dropping a pin on the map and adding a comment.

The map shows the current study area. As the project continues to develop, the map will be updated to reflect the latest design.

We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback with us.

Access the interactive map here.

Contact us

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

The North Star to NSW/QLD Border (NS2B) project is approximately 39km in length, completing one of the key missing links in the Inland Rail program. The project will consist of upgrading approximately 25km of non-operational rail corridor and 14km of new track. We are currently working through the required environmental investigations and project reference assessments, which will form part of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).


The alignment

Since 2016, the Inland Rail Team has undertaken detailed field studies and consultation with landowners and local communities. This has helped us to understand the potential issues and opportunities around the Macintyre River crossing, which resulted in the study area being reduced to a 100m focused area in November 2018.

This focused area of study follows the existing disused rail corridor towards Boggabilla and then crosses the Macintyre River before joining the existing rail line in Queensland. The NS2B project will construct a new rail line in the existing corridor and over the Macintyre River.

The 100m focused area meets both engineering and operational requirements, while reducing environmental and social impacts. It also allows for future connectivity to Goondiwindi and the broader region.

Crossing the Macintyre

Inland Rail is progressing the Macintyre floodplain flood modelling and the reference design solution for crossing the floodplain.

We have developed a detailed flood model of the Macintyre floodplain catchment area. This is based off existing flood modelling information for the area, which was developed by the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH). The model uses data from many different sources, all of which are included in the model. The model also considers the predicted future impacts from climate change.

Since August 2018, the project team have held meetings to validate the Macintyre flood model with landowners whose properties were surveyed for historic flood markers. To date the general feedback has been that the model reflects existing flood behaviour, however we will continue to review the model.

The project team will continue to liaise with directly-affected landowners, local flooding specialist, OEH and the broader community to incorporate their feedback and input into the feasibility design.

Progress

In April 2017, the Inland Rail team lodged a State Significant Infrastructure application (SSI) and a Scoping Report to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for the NS2B project. The Team also lodged a referral with the federal Department of the Environment and Energy under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

In June 2018, ARTC awarded a contract to Future Freight Joint Venture to complete reference, design and environmental assessment work. We are working together to:

  • manage the delivery of technical and environmental studies
  • produce a reference design
  • produce environment and primary approvals documents for submission to the NSW and Australian Governments.

This work gives us a better understanding of the project’s design requirements and builds on earlier investigations and community feedback. The investigations also help the team identify where in the focused area the final 40 to 60m wide rail corridor will be located.

In July 2018, the NS2B project was determined to be a controlled action and requires assessment and approval under the EPBC Act.

In August 2018, the Inland Rail team received the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

Environment planning and approvals

We are now gathering further information to feed into the upcoming Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The EIS will outline potential impacts of the project for consideration by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and will also capture information gathered from consultation with landowners and other stakeholders such as councils, industry and the wider community.

Once completed, the EIS will be on public exhibition by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for a minimum of 30 days. During that time, community members and other stakeholders are invited to provide their feedback and make formal submissions, which will be considered by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. The Minister for Planning then makes a decision on whether to approve the project.

Next steps

The NS2B project is in the project reference stage, culminating in the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement.

As part of this process we will continue to work with landowners, stakeholders and the community.

Community consultation

Local communities and landowners have been contributing to our understanding of the study areas since early 2016.

Since the approved proposed alignment was endorsed we have been meeting with local community, landowners and stakeholders to discuss next steps.

We encourage you to get involved in the process and invite you to contact the project team for more information and to provide feedback at any time.

Community Consultative Committee

ARTC has established a Community Consultative Committee for the NS2B project.

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

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.

Interactive map

We have developed an interactive map covering the North Star to NSW/QLD Border project, to help us get a better understanding of key issues from a community perspective.

The interactive map allows members of the public to have their say by simply dropping a pin on the map and adding a comment.

The map shows the current study area. As the project continues to develop, the map will be updated to reflect the latest design.

We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback with us.

Access the interactive map here.

Contact us

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

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