Works and planning
Works in the North Star to NSW/QLD Border project area include upgrading 27km of non-operational rail line and constructing 12km of new track across the Macintyre River to join the existing rail line in Queensland.
Since 2016, our team has undertaken detailed field studies and consultation with landowners and local communities. These investigations have helped us to understand the potential issues and opportunities around the Macintyre River crossing.
Some of this work includes:
- meeting and working with landowners, stakeholders and the community to gather information about flooding, roads, traffic patterns, utilities and services, business opportunities and farming operations
- undertaking a range of investigations to gain a better understanding of existing environmental features, technical challenges and opportunities
- sharing information with the local community through individual conversations, community information sessions, meetings and project communication
- developing a detailed flood model of the Macintyre floodplain catchment area
- liaising with directed affected landowners, local flood specialists, government and the community to incorporate feedback and input into the reference design.
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 of Inland Rail includes approximately 86km between North Star in New South Wales and Whetstone in Queensland, as well as a separate 14km package south of Moree, called Narrabri to North Star Phase 2.
The North Star to NSW/QLD Border project sits within the Central Civil Works Program.
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 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.
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Watch a fly-through of the project
Get a bird’s-eye view of the North Star to NSW/QLD Border section.
This fly-through shows both the 30km section of the project in NSW and 9km in Queensland, and provides a bird’s eye view of the project’s reference design, including the proposed rail alignment, proposed Macintyre floodplain crossing solution, public road rail crossings, bridge structures, cuttings and embankments.
Please note, the reference design may change as a result of further investigations, government approvals or during detailed design. Buildings directly impacted by the reference design are not shown in this video.
We acknowledge some properties are impacted by the project reference design and landowners can still provide feedback by contacting the project team on 1800 732 761 or via email at email@example.com.
View the 30km of new track and associated facilities between North Star and the NSW/Queensland border being considered by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment. This section comprises 25km of the existing non-operational Boggabilla rail corridor and 5km of new corridor to the north of the alignment. Please visit the Department’s website for more information on the project.
Route Alignment History
Inland Rail has undergone a progressive route development and selection process since 2006, with each stage refining the focus on what is required to deliver Inland Rail.
May 17, 2022
North Star to NSW/Queensland Border project update April 2022
This month, we’ve enjoyed getting out amongst local and Indigenous communities along the North Star to NSW/Queensland Border project alignment providing opportunities to build new skills and business capabilities and catching up with locals at the Goondiwindi Show.
March 30, 2022
Gomeroi Nations Tour inspires young people in Boggabilla
Earlier this month, we supported the Gomeroi Nations Tour in Boggabilla, one of the stops in a series of all ages shows by Indigenous artists on the lands of the Gomeroi/Gamilaraay people.
March 30, 2022
Local businesses learn about workforce development
Earlier this month, the Inland Rail Skills Academy hosted a free workshop for local businesses in the Goondiwindi region to provide information about the support available for workforce growth and development, as well as potential future supply opportunities.