Narrabri to North Star Phase 2 – Environmental Impact Statement progress update

We are continuing to finalise the documents for the project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in consultation with the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE). The EIS describes the project, considers potential environmental, social and economic impacts, and identifies measures to minimise and avoid these impacts.

View of rail bridge and road over the Mehi River in Moree

The EIS is a robust and comprehensive assessment of the project and has been developed in consultation with stakeholders such as councils, industry, affected landowners, affected residents and the wider community. The EIS is your opportunity to provide a submission to the DPE on your views about the project. Once it is on display our team will be contacting landowners via telephone to advise and provide information on how to provide a submission.

The DPE is currently reviewing additional work we’ve carried out in relation to flooding impacts, documented in the Flooding and Hydrology Assessment Report (FHAR). Once DPE is satisfied with our submission, it will be formally lodged, and once accepted, will be on public exhibition for 28 days on the DPE’s website.

To assist the community in navigating the technical information in the EIS we are also preparing an EIS summary of findings report that will be printed and made available online.

During this time we will work hard to answer all your questions and help you understand the key aspects of the project. You will be able to meet us at a series of local information sessions and drop in events.

The Narrabri to North Star Phase 2 project runs from north of Alice Street, Moree across the Mehi-Gwydir floodplain to the eastern side of the Moree Gun Club. The work involves upgrading 13.7km of existing track and building 1.6km of new track. The new section of the track crosses the Mehi-Gwydir floodplain at Camurra, north of Moree.

IMAGE: View of rail bridge and road over the Mehi River in Moree

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