October 2020 project update for North Star to Border

This month on the North Star to NSW/Queensland Border project we wrapped up public exhibition of the project’s Environmental Impact Statement, spent some time with the Goondiwindi Queensland Country Women’s Association and caught up with a recent Inland Rail grant recipient.

North Star sign outside the railway station

Project status

Public exhibition of the North Star to NSW/Queensland Border project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) closed on 6 October 2020 after it was released by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) for comment on 26 August 2020. 

During this time, we hosted five virtual information sessions and installed static displays in Goondiwindi, Toomelah, Boggabilla, North Star, Warialda and Moree. Directly impacted landowners were also provided with digital copies of the EIS to ensure access to information.

This stage of the project acknowledged the importance of community participation in the State Significant Infrastructure (SSI) process and gave the community an opportunity to have their say. As we move to the next stage in the SSI process, DPIE will publish all submissions received on their website and ask us to respond to the issues raised. We expect to provide a final Submissions report to DPIE for assessment early next year.

For more information on the project’s current status, visit DPIE’s website. You can also find detailed information on the SSI process here. 

Upcoming consultation

The next Southern Darling Downs Community Consultative Committee meeting is on 26 October 2020. Come along to hear an update on the North Star to NSW/Queensland Border and Border to Gowrie projects. 

Committee meetings provide a forum to share project information, discuss topics of interest, and address any issues or community concerns. 

Date: Monday 26 October 2020

Time: 6pm-8pm

Venue: Goondiwindi Golf Club, Hindmarsh Street, Goondiwindi

We anticipate the meeting will be open to observers. Please register your attendance via 1800 732 761 or email inlandrailqld@artc.com.au. Be sure to visit our website as meeting details may change due to the latest health advice.

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