This 39km section of Inland Rail connects North Star in New South Wales to the Queensland Rail South Western System on the NSW/QLD border.
The North Star to NSW/Queensland Border (NS2B) project consists of upgrading approximately 27km of non-operational rail corridor and constructing 12km of new track. This includes approximately 30km in NSW and 9km in Queensland.
Following the NSW Government approval in February 2023, the project was assessed by the Australian Government under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The project was approved by the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW) on 21 July 2023.
A copy of the approvals is available on the DCCEEW website by searching EPBC Referral No 2018/8222
The project is currently in the reference design stage. During this time, we are conducting various studies and consulting with landowners and other key stakeholders to better understand potential issues and opportunities around the Macintyre River crossing.
Upgrade and new track
12km new track
27km upgraded track
Building new track across the Macintyre River and upgrading existing track
We have developed an interactive map of the current project design. Drop a pin on the map to add your comment. Your feedback will help us get a better understanding of key issues from a community perspective.
December 18, 2023
North Star to NSW/Queensland Border section update December 2023
As the year ends, here’s a recap of major achievements which shaped the North Star to NSW/Qld Border section’s progress in 2023.
December 6, 2023
Important – Fire ant emergency order
In late November, the NSW Department of Primary Industries confirmed the detection of three red imported fire ant nests in South Murwillumbah in north-eastern New South Wales, 13km south of the Queensland border.
September 22, 2023
Inland Rail contractors win major industry awards
The Inland Rail project has won three major awards at the Excellence in Surveying and Spatial Innovation (EISSI) in Sydney, with our surveying contractors, Monteath & Powys, winning two awards for their work on the Inland Rail project and Casey Surveying and Design also taking out an award.