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State Significant Infrastructure

Determination

Inland Rail - Narrabri to North Star Phase 1

Gwydir Shire, Moree Plains Shire, Narrabri Shire

Current Status: Determination

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  1. SEARs
  2. Prepare EIS
  3. Exhibition
  4. Collate Submissions
  5. Response to Submissions
  6. Assessment
  7. Recommendation
  8. Determination

Construction of approximately 170 kilometres of upgraded track between Narrabri and North Star, excluding the Mehi-Gwydir floodplain. The project forms part of the Inland Rail project.

Attachments & Resources

Application (1)

Scoping Report

SEARS (1)

Inland Rail_Narrabri - North Star_ SEARs

EIS (41)

EIS Vol 1 Main Report (Large File Size)
EIS Vol 1 Appendices (Large File Size)
EIS Vol 2 Tech Report 1 Traffic Transport Access (Large File Size)
EIS Vol 2 Tech Report 2 Biodiversity Assessment Report (Large File Size)
EIS Vol 3 Tech Report 3 Aquatic Ecology Assessment (Large File Size)
EIS Vol 3 Tech Report 4 Commonwealth Matters Assessment (Large File Size)
EIS Vol 4 Tech Report 5 Noise and Vibration Assessment (Large File Size)
EIS Vol 5 Tech Report 6 Hydrology and Flooding Assessment (Large File Size)
EIS Vol 5 Tech Report 7 Water Quality Assessment (Large File Size)
EIS Vol 6 Tech Report 8 Aboriginal Cultural Heritage (Large File Size)
EIS Vol 7 Tech Report 9 Non-Aboriginal Heritage Impact Statement (Large File Size)
EIS Vol 7 Tec Report 10 Landscape and Visual Assessment (Large File Size)
EIS Vol 7 Tech Report 11 Socio-economic Assessment (Large File Size)
EIS Vol 1 Part A (Small File Size)
EIS Vol 1 Part B (Small File Size)
EIS Vol 1 Part C (Small File Size)
EIS Vol 1 Part D (Small File Size)
EIS Vol 1 Part D Appendices (Small File Size)
EIS Vol 2 Tech Report Traffic Transport and Access (Small File Size)
EIS Vol 2 Tech Report 2 Biodiversity Assessment Report 1(Small File Size)
EIS Vol 2 Tech Report 2 Biodiversity Assessment Report Part 2 (Small File Size)
EIS Vol 3 Tech Report 3 Aquatic Ecology Assessment Part 1 (Small File Size)
EIS Vol 3 Tech Report 3 Aquatic Ecology Assessment Part 2 (Small File Size)
EIS Vol 3 Tech Report 4 Commonwealth Matters Assessment (Small File Size)
EIS Vol 4 Tech Report 5 Noise and Vibration Assessment Part 1 (Small File Size)
EIS Vol 4 Tech Report 5 Noise and Vibration Assessment Part 2 (Small File Size)
EIS Vol 4 Tech Report 5 Noise and Vibration Assessment Part 3 (Small File Size)
EIS Vol 4 Tech Report 5 Noise and Vibration Assessment Part 4 (Small File Size)
EIS Vol 4 Tech Report 5 Noise and Vibration Assessment Part 5 (Small File Size)
EIS Vol 4 Tech Report 5 Noise and Vibration Assessment Part 6 (Small File Size)
EIS Vol 4 Tech Report 5 Noise and Vibration Assessment Part 7 (Small File Size)
EIS Vol 4 Tech Report 5 Noise and Vibration Assessment Part 8 (Small File Size)
EIS Vol 5 Tech Report 6 Hydrology and Flooding Assessment Part 1 (Small File Size)
EIS Vol 5 Tech Report 6 Hydrology and Flooding Assessment Part 2 (Small File Size)
EIS Vol 5 Tech Report 7 Water Quality Assessment (Small File Size)
EIS Vol6 Tech Report 8 Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Part 1 (Small File Size)
EIS V 6 Tech Report 8 Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Part 2 (Small File Size)
EIS Vol 6 Tech Report 8 Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Part 3 (Small File Size)
EIS Vol 7 Tech Report 9 Non-Aboriginal Heritage Impact Statement (Small File Size)
EIS Vol 7 Tech Report 10 Landscape and Visual Assessment (Small File Size)
EIS Vol 7 Tech Report 11 Socio-economic Assessment (Small File Size)

Response to Submissions (5)

Response to the SPIR/Amendment report
Att A Biodiversity Assessment Report Final
Att B - Moree SOHI
Att C - Waterloo Crossing Loop
Request RTS_18022020_034728

Agency Advice (4)

SSI 7474 Inland Rail N2N RtS Response Letter
TfNSW submission - SPIR SSI 7474
CD19_10011 TfNSW submission - SPIR SSI 7474
N2NS SPIR_BCD comments

Amendments (43)

SPIR
Register of Community Submissions
Preferred infrastructure project description
Noise and Vibration Technical Information Part 1 of 3
Noise and Vibration Technical Information Part 2 of 3
Noise and Vibration Technical Information Part 3 of 3
Operational Noise and Vibration Assessment
Attachment A Noise Sensitive Receptors
Attachment B Operational Rail Noise Modelling Results
Attachment C Operational Rail Noise Modelling Contours
Attachment D Operational Road Noise Modelling Results
Attachment E Operational Road Noise Modelling Contours
Attachment F Operational Rail Vibration Modelling Contours
Attachment G Noise Barrier Noise Contours
Attachment H Sensitive Receivers and Noise Impact Management
Flood Study Report
Attachment A Hydrological and Hydraulic Model Layouts
Attachment B Existing Conditions Flood Maps Part 1 of 6
Attachment B Existing Conditions Flood Maps Part 2 of 6
Attachment B Existing Conditions Flood Maps Part 3 of 6
Attachment B Existing Conditions Flood Maps Part 4 of 6
Attachment B Existing Conditions Flood Maps Part 5 of 6
Attachment B Existing Conditions Flood Maps Part 6 of 6
Attachment C Design Conditions Flood Impact Maps Part 1 of 8
Attachment C Design Conditions Flood Impact Maps Part 2 of 8
Attachment C Design Conditions Flood Impact Maps Part 3 of 8
Attachment C Design Conditions Flood Impact Maps Part 4 of 8
Attachment C Design Conditions Flood Impact Maps Part 5 of 8
Attachment C Design Conditions Flood Impact Maps Part 6 of 8
Attachment C Design Conditions Flood Impact Maps Part 7 of 8
Attachment C Design Conditions Flood Impact Maps Part 8 of 8
Attachment D Cross Drainage Structure Blockage Assessment
Attachment E Hydrological Calibration Report
Attachment F Flood Impact Assessment for Extreme Events Part 1 of 3
Attachment F Flood Impact Assessment for Extreme Events Part 2 of 3
Attachment F Flood Impact Assessment for Extreme Events Part 3 of 3
Addendum to the Narrabri to North Star Biodiversity Report
Biodiversity Briefing Note
Land Acquisition Details
Narrabri to North Star Biodiversity Offset Strategy (Phase 1)
NSW Construction Noise and Vibration Management Framework
Construction Environment Management Plan Outline
Public Level Crossing Treatment Methodology

Additional Information (2)

RFI Request for Additional Information_15012020_030728
Addendum Biodiversity Report - July 2020 update

Determination (4)

Notice of Decision
Instrument of Approval - Determination
Assessment Report App J - Hydrology Advice
Assessment Report - Determination

Approved Documents

Management Plans and Strategies (40)

Letter_ Extension request_N2NS Phase 1
Acknowledgement of TCR
N2NS 7474 Alternate ER Approval Letter
Comms Strategy
Approval of CTTAMP V2 - Phase 1
CTTAMP V2 - Phase 1
Comms Strategy Approval Letter
Traffic Connectivity Report (TCR)
Other_17062021_051936
Approval of Plan Strategy or Study_13042021_101652
Approval of Revised Coms and Engagement Plan
DPIE Approval of CTTAMP
DPIE Letter - FEMP Rev 1
N2NS Staging Report - DPIE Approval
N2NS CEMP Rev 1 - DPE Approval
Approval of Plan Strategy or Study_11012022_095643
Approval of Plan Strategy or Study_01102021_024118
DPIE Approval of BMP Rev3
DPIE approval of Construction Biodiversity MP
Revised Communications and Engagement Plan
7636-T4MR-PL-PES-001-06_1_ CHMP Rev 1
7632-T4MR-PL-PES-001-03_1_CNVMP
CEMP Approval Letter
SEMP Approval Letter
CEMP
DPIE Letter of approval Soil and Water MP
SEMP
CNVMP
N2NS Construction Soil and Water Management Plan
CHMP
Appendix G - CSWMP
Approval_letter_CEMP and Sub plans
N2NS - Phase 1 - CBMP (Rev G)
N2NS - Phase 1 - CTTAMP (Rev G)
Approval of ONVR
N2NS - Phase 1 - CSWMP (Rev H)
N2NS - Phase 1 - CFEMP (Rev I)
ONVR Verification Certificate
Approval of Plan Strategy or Study_23122020_043111
ONVR Approved

Reports (7)

SSI7474_ER Monthly Report_2111_Rev0_FINAL
SSI7474_ER Monthly Report_2201_Rev0_FINAL
SSI7474_ER Monthly Report_2202_Rev0_FINAL
SSI7474_ER Monthly Report_2204_Final
SSI7474_ER Monthly Report, May 2022
Extension Requests_11102021_121426
Dec 2021_ER Monthly Report

Independent Reviews and Audits (1)

PR149715_IEA_2_220307_1

Notifications (5)

6-0000-260-EEC-00-LT-0042
Other_13082021_102513
N2NS TNCA - DPIE Letter
6-0000-260-EEC-00-LT-0032
5-0000-260-PCM-00-LT-0256

Other Documents (7)

Extension Requests_24012022_035844
Extension Requests_13012022_034014
Other_28022022_050948
6-0000-260-EEC-00-LT-0096
TCNA - Extension Request - DPIE Approval
6-0000-260-EEC-00-LT-0092 extension request
Appointment of Experts_18082021_053638

Note: Only documents approved by the Department after November 2019 will be published above. Any documents approved before this time can be viewed on the Applicant's website.

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Submissions

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Croppa Creek Bowling Club
Support
Croppa Creek , New South Wales
Message
The Croppa Creek Bowling Club is situated approx 100 meters from the rail line and approx 150 meters from the nearest railway crossing. The club is an important asset to the local community and very popular meeting place. The constant noise of large long trains passing close to the club is likely to have a negative noise impact on the club. This situation needs to be addressed. The grass area on that side of the club is a popular area for our patrons to congregate and the train noise will not be conducive to conversation. Also communication by bowlers at one end of the bowling green when giving instructions to their teammates at the other end of the green, may well go unheard whist a train is passing by. Noise here would be an issue. Another issue that we have is that we have a 9 hole golf course and the 9th fairway is bisected by the railway line. Its is a par 3 and the tee off mound is on one side of the railway line with the green being on the other side about a hundred metres away. Options to cover this aspect will need to be dealt with.
Douglas Barnett
Comment
Croppa Creek , New South Wales
Message
Railway Line through Croppa Creek NSW - Baroma Downs Pastoral Co is interested in purchasing old railway line steel that will be pulled up from Inland Rail in local area.
Neville Campbell
Object
MOREE , New South Wales
Message
I am making this submission on behalf of my wife & myself as we have a number of concerns & reservations about this project. These are as follows;

1. NOISE POLLUTION: We are greatly concerned about the additional noise that will be generated by up to 15 1.8Klm long trains a day passing through the town. Our house is on the corner of Warialda St. & Thompsons Ave. As Thompsons Ave tends to act like a funnel, we are subjected to virtually as much noise as people living on Gosport St. However, when the bypass was constructed, we were totally ignored in relation to noise mitigation measures. Therefore, with such a dramatic increase in noise from trains, I would expect to see some substantial noise reduction measures put in place . To this end, I would expect to see a concrete noise wall extending from the Gosport St. entry onto the bypass back towards the Caltex fuel depot thereby creating some measure of noise reduction for Thompsons Ave. As this area was the site of old fuel depots & the land is "contaminated" I see no logical reason why this could not be done.

2. AIR POLLUTION: Being in such close proximity to the rail line, we are also concerned about the increase in air pollution created by the substantial increase of diesel fumes & exhaust particulates coming from the trains engines.

3. TRAFFIC: With the proposed vehicle overpass at Jones Ave. what will be the effects on traffic in surrounding streets? Where will the overpass approach start and what will be the impacts on the businesses in the immediate area i.e. B & W Rural, Grainland, Black Truck & Ag, Dippers Home Timber & Hardware? All these businesses utilise Joyce Ave/Jones Ave/Gosport St intersections. Therefore with an overpass approach in Jones Ave what is the anticipated effects on traffic? Will it push additional traffic (in particular heavy vehicles) into adjoining residential streets/areas, some of which are somewhat narrow, thereby exacerbating the existing noise/dust issues.

4. PROPERTY VALUES: What consideration, if any, has or will be given to the adverse effects on nearby residential property values? People have sizeable amounts of money invested in their homes which would already have been devalued by the bypass. Now they will see a further devaluing of their properties as a result of this. Are homeowners going to be compensated or will it be a case of tough luck for them/us?

Whilst hopeful our submission will be viewed favourably and will meet with success, I hold no illusion in this regard and despair that it will be the bypass all over again. To put it bluntly, it will assuredly be a case of mind over matter i.e. the bureacrats/politicians don't mind and the affected residents don't matter. Although, one can hope that this will not be the case on this occasion - time will tell.
Graigue Farming Partnership
Support
Moree , New South Wales
Message
To whom it concerns,
I as a local farmer in the North Star district I am very excited for the opportunity's that lie ahead with the inland rail project. This will have massive benefits for the sustainability of our industry. Feeding the world is our job and let's face it everyone needs to eat.
Reducing freight costs for our commodities and increasing jobs for the local districts. We need this to happen and not be pushed under the carpet... Go right ahead and crack on with the job!!
Henry Schneebeli
Comment
Moree , New South Wales
Message
Moree needs another bypass to get the trucks from the Carnarvon - and Gwydir Highways out off residential areas and School zones. In 2005 I suggested to the then Council to try and keep the needed land free from development. The best East-West route goes from the Terry Hie Hie turn off straight SW and crosses the old Inverell rail line. Then it follows the rail line on the southern side west, crosses the Inland Rail and the Newell Highway, passes the Amaroo Tavern and follows the old stock route to join the Gwydir Highway again west of town. About 10km of new road. Sadly Council let the western stock route go to an aboriginal land claim, not earmarking it for a future bypass. This should be reversed, at least for the area the road would need. Building a bypass further south, would make it at least 5-10km longer through more flood prone good agricultural land, an extra distance every truck would have to travel in the future.

With Inland Rail having to put an overpass in for emergency vehicles, it would make more sense to plan to put it where the intersection of the Gwydir Highway and Newell Highway should be, just north of Bullus Drive.This would benefit more people. It would take away traffic from the Alice Street rail and highway crossing. There would be no harvest trucks having to wait for the long trains to pass and blocking the highway and it would give Council an incentive, not to plan for a second rate, more expensive southern bypass. I would stop almost all trucks having to use level crossings in the area.
Davina Mulligan
Comment
Croppa Creek , New South Wales
Message
We farm land on both sides of the proposed 'Murgo Crossing Loop'. We cross the track several times most days with machinery and/or vehicles and during harvest this is accelerated. We need to be reassured that we will have a workable and realistic access to both sides of our farm.
Geoff Manchee
Support
Moree , New South Wales
Message
The Inland Rail project is an wonderful Nation building project. I encourage the Government to proceed with the Narrabri to North Star section. It will have enormous benefits for the Moree Region for generations to come. Moree is the perfect spot for a world class intermodal distribution hub. It will take our trucks off the roads to Brisbane port and lower our cost of freight to export grain.
Attachments
Environment Protection Authority
Comment
Parramatta , New South Wales
Message
Please see the EPA's submission to this matter.
Attachments
Name Withheld
Support
Railway Street , New South Wales
Message
see attached
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Name Withheld
Object
East Maitland , New South Wales
Message
see attached
Attachments
Narrabri Shire Council
Comment
Narrabri , New South Wales
Message
see attached
Attachments
DPI
Comment
Sydney , New South Wales
Message
see attached
Attachments
Heritage Division
Comment
Parramatta , New South Wales
Message
see attached
Attachments
Office of Environment and Heritage
Comment
Dubbo , New South Wales
Message
see attached
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Transport for NSW
Comment
Mascot , New South Wales
Message
see attached
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Geological Survey of NSW
Comment
NSW 2320 , New South Wales
Message
see attached
Attachments
Boolah Partnership
Comment
Pallamallawa , New South Wales
Message
Please see attached submission and associated figures and maps for Boolah Partnerships submission on the Inland Rail - Narrabri to North Star EIS
Attachments
Moree Plains Shire Council
Support
Moree , New South Wales
Message
Please find our submission and attachment appended.
Attachments
Gwydir Shire Council
Comment
BINGARA , New South Wales
Message
Please find our submission attached.
Attachments
Moree Plains Shire Council
Comment
MOREE , New South Wales
Message
Please find attached Moree Plains Shire Council's submission to the SPIR for the Narrabri to North Star portion of the Inland Rail. Holistically, Council supports the project, however, our submission details concerns with a number of key elements that need to be addressed. Please see the attached documents:
- MPSC Cover Letter
- MPSC SPIR Review
- Attachment B1 - Relocation Planning Report
- Attachment B2 - Impacts on Emergency Responders
- Attachment B3 - Ecological Assessment
- Attachment B4 - Aboriginal Heritage

Please note that Confidential Attachment A has been provided directly to DPIE under separate cover.
Attachments

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Project Details

Application Number
SSI-7474
EPBC ID Number
2016/7729
Assessment Type
State Significant Infrastructure
Development Type
Rail transport facilities
Local Government Areas
Gwydir Shire, Moree Plains Shire, Narrabri Shire
Decision
Approved
Determination Date
Decider
Minister

Contact Planner

Name
Mick Fallon