Works and planning
Due to its scale and complexity, the Narrabri to North Star project is broken into two phases to enable the first phase of construction to begin while planning and environmental approvals are gained for the second phase.
Phase 1 includes upgrading 171km of track along the existing rail corridor.
Phase 2 includes upgrading approximately 13km of track crossing the Mehi–Gwydir floodplain and building approximately 2km of new track at Camurra, north of Moree.
Preferred Central Civil Works Program proponents awarded
In late September 2021, we appointed Freight Connect, a consortium led by Laing O’Rourke and including Toowoomba-based FKG Group, as the preferred proponent for the Central Civil Works Program.
This section includes upgrading approximately 13km of track from Alice Street, Moree across the Mehi-Gwydir floodplain to the eastern side of the Moree Gun Club and building approximately 2km of new track across the Mehi-Gwydir floodplain at Camurra, north of Moree. It also includes approximately 86km between North Star in New South Wales and Whetstone in Queensland.
Freight Connect was selected following rigorous evaluation and demonstrated their capability to deliver the right technical solution while also providing significant lasting benefits for local communities along the alignment.
We’re committed to ensuring the design of Inland Rail meets the highest environmental, safety and community standards in line with State and Australian government approval processes.
While appointing a preferred proponent prior to receiving planning approvals for the Narrabri to North Star Phase 2 project is common practice, major construction will not start until statutory approvals have been received.
Appointing a preferred proponent gives local businesses and regional communities the confidence to get ‘Inland Rail-ready’ now.
November 20, 2023
People of the project: Team player and quality assurance master Mike Harris
In our last interview of the ‘people of the project’ series we catch up with passionate Project Quality Lead, Mike Harris. Mike explains the role of quality assurance in rail construction and what happens now that major construction on Narrabri to North Star is finished.
October 20, 2023
People of the project: Moree local and construction convert Libby Carter
This month, Moree local and Narrabri to North Star Phase 1 Commercial Lead, Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Carter lets us into her world at Inland Rail and reveals how the project has changed her community and the trajectory of her career.