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In parallel to the Procurement stage, projects develop an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or similar planning approvals application which consolidate findings of all the environmental and technical investigations and community…

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Environment planning and approvals

The Narromine to Narrabri project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was on public display from Tuesday 8 December 2020 to Sunday 7 February 2021.

The EIS outlines potential project impacts for consideration by the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE). It also captures information gathered from consultation with landowners and other stakeholders and show how this was considered in determining the final rail corridors.

In March 2022, a Response to Submissions Report and Preferred Infrastructure Report (PIR)/Amendment Report were submitted to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) for adequacy review.

The reports outline proposed amendments to further reduce impacts identified in the project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and respond to feedback from community, key stakeholders and EIS submissions.

In May 2022, DPE provided comments on the PIR and related documents, and requested further information relating to biodiversity, hydrology and social impacts of the project. The Inland Rail team is working to address DPE’s comments and expects to finalise all documents by late 2022.

Once the project has been assessed on its merits, DPE will provide a recommendation (including conditions of approval) to the NSW Minister for Planning and Homes.

To view the EIS, visit the DPE website.

Cover of N2N EIS Summary of Findings document

Narromine to Narrabri EIS summary of findings

This summary outlines the Narromine to Narrabri project, planning and assessment processes, engagement activities, and potential impacts and approaches to management and mitigation. Each section will show you where you can find more information in the Narromine to Narrabri Environmental Impact Statement.

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Assessment process for New South Wales major projects

This fact sheet outlines the key steps in assessing Inland Rail major projects in New South Wales.

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