Phase 1: Narrabri North to North Star
In 2016 the Narrabri to North Star project was declared State Significant Infrastructure under the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) and a controlled action under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
In late 2017, the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was placed on public exhibition, with 18 submissions received.
All NSW and Commonwealth governments planning and environmental approvals for Phase 1 are now finalised. The Submissions and Preferred Infrastructure Report (SPIR) released in December 2019 was a key step in the approval process for Phase 1.
The SPIR was prepared to address the issues raised in EIS submissions and to complete environmental assessments of the finalised design. The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment accepted public submissions on the SPIR in January 2020 and concluded their assessment of the Phase 1 under the EP&A Act in mid-2020. The Commonwealth Minister for Environment set further conditions under the EPBC Act which are now met.
View all Phase 1 project applications and documents on the Major Projects website.
Phase 2: Moree to Camurra
The NSW Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements for Moree to Camurra was issued in October 2020. It is a significant planning milestone for this phase.
The EIS for this second phase is expected to be on public exhibition in mid-2021.
May 31, 2021
Construction look ahead May – July 2021
Construction is well underway along the Narrabri to North Star Phase 1 project.
May 30, 2021
On the Narrabri to North Star Phase 1 project alone, we will remove more than 70,000 timber sleepers from the track, and we are investigating ways that these can be reused by the community and across the country.