North Star to NSW/QLD Border

The North Star to NSW/QLD Border (NS2B) section is one of 13 projects that complete Inland Rail. NS2B is a new rail corridor approximately 37km in length, completing one of the key missing links and provide a new, efficient connection between regional farms in the area and export markets. The new rail corridor will connect North Star (NSW) to the Queensland Rail South West Rail Line just over the NSW/QLD border.

The alignment

The study area, which is up to 2km wide, 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 involve constructing a new rail line in the existing corridor and over the river.

In 2016 and 2017, ARTC conducted field studies and consultation with communities and landowners to understand the potential issues and opportunities to assist in developing a study area. In response to issues raised during consultation, the study area was refined at the crossing of the Macintyre River.

The study area has been developed to meet both engineering and operational requirements, while aiming to reduce environmental and social impacts. The study area also allows for future connectivity to Goondiwindi and the broader region.

Progress

As part of our activities to date, we have undertaken a number of field studies along the disused rail line and the area surrounding the Macintyre River.

Some of the work we have completed so far includes:

  • working together with councils to better understand issues such as flooding, roads, traffic patterns, utilities and services as well as opportunities for regional freight
  • meeting with local industry to gain a better understanding of opportunities, impacts and local conditions
  • completing preliminary field studies such as ecology, hydrology and geotechnical studies to gain an understanding of the existing environmental features, technical challenges and opportunities
  • conducting project information sessions with the community and stakeholders.

Environment planning and approvals

We have recently lodged a State Significant Infrastructure (SSI) application and a Scoping Report with the Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E) for the NS2B project.

The Scoping Report is a high-level, preliminary assessment used to guide the project’s environmental assessment requirements which will be issued to ARTC by DP&E. This includes consideration of property and community impacts. This report is available on the DP&E website.

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.

Once complete, the EIS is then put on public exhibition for a minimum of 30 days. Community members and other stakeholders are invited to provide their feedback and make formal submissions which will be considered by DP&E when assessing the project. The Minister for Planning makes a decision on whether to approve the project. The project has to be approved in order for construction on NS2B to begin.

Next steps

The NS2B project will now move into the project feasibility stage, culminating in the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The EIS assesses the environmental, social and economic impacts associated with the construction and operation of the North Star to Border section of Inland Rail.
During the EIS and design phase, further detailed investigations in the study area will be carried out. As part of this process we will continue to work with impacted 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 preferred 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 is currently establishing a Community Consultative Committee for the North Star to NSW/Qld Border Inland Rail project. 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 role of the committee is to bring representative views to the committee and to help disseminate information throughout the community.

Nominations for committee members have closed and are being considered.

To apply or find out more about the committees or the nomination process, visit our Community Consultative Committee page.

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) section is one of 13 projects that complete Inland Rail. NS2B is a new rail corridor approximately 37km in length, completing one of the key missing links and provide a new, efficient connection between regional farms in the area and export markets. The new rail corridor will connect North Star (NSW) to the Queensland Rail South West Rail Line just over the NSW/QLD border.

The alignment

The study area, which is up to 2km wide, 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 involve constructing a new rail line in the existing corridor and over the river.

In 2016 and 2017, ARTC conducted field studies and consultation with communities and landowners to understand the potential issues and opportunities to assist in developing a study area. In response to issues raised during consultation, the study area was refined at the crossing of the Macintyre River.

The study area has been developed to meet both engineering and operational requirements, while aiming to reduce environmental and social impacts. The study area also allows for future connectivity to Goondiwindi and the broader region.

Progress

As part of our activities to date, we have undertaken a number of field studies along the disused rail line and the area surrounding the Macintyre River.

Some of the work we have completed so far includes:

  • working together with councils to better understand issues such as flooding, roads, traffic patterns, utilities and services as well as opportunities for regional freight
  • meeting with local industry to gain a better understanding of opportunities, impacts and local conditions
  • completing preliminary field studies such as ecology, hydrology and geotechnical studies to gain an understanding of the existing environmental features, technical challenges and opportunities
  • conducting project information sessions with the community and stakeholders.

Environment planning and approvals

We have recently lodged a State Significant Infrastructure (SSI) application and a Scoping Report with the Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E) for the NS2B project.

The Scoping Report is a high-level, preliminary assessment used to guide the project’s environmental assessment requirements which will be issued to ARTC by DP&E. This includes consideration of property and community impacts. This report is available on the DP&E website.

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.

Once complete, the EIS is then put on public exhibition for a minimum of 30 days. Community members and other stakeholders are invited to provide their feedback and make formal submissions which will be considered by DP&E when assessing the project. The Minister for Planning makes a decision on whether to approve the project. The project has to be approved in order for construction on NS2B to begin.

Next steps

The NS2B project will now move into the project feasibility stage, culminating in the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The EIS assesses the environmental, social and economic impacts associated with the construction and operation of the North Star to Border section of Inland Rail.
During the EIS and design phase, further detailed investigations in the study area will be carried out. As part of this process we will continue to work with impacted 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 preferred 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 is currently establishing a Community Consultative Committee for the North Star to NSW/Qld Border Inland Rail project. 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 role of the committee is to bring representative views to the committee and to help disseminate information throughout the community.

Nominations for committee members have closed and are being considered.

To apply or find out more about the committees or the nomination process, visit our Community Consultative Committee page.

Contact us

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