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.
June 28, 2022
Towards a career in construction
Our Inland Rail Skills Academy is partnering with TAFE NSW to deliver bespoke training programs in Northern NSW, helping students gain practical experience and that first step towards a career in construction.
June 28, 2022
Narrabri to North Star Phase 2 project update June 2022
We’re working to finalise the project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), as well as continuing property access discussions with individual landowners along the alignment.