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Have your say on the environmental impact statement for Narrabri to North Star Inland Rail



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Darren Chester Minister for Infrastructure and Transport A/g Minister for Regional Development A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories

Melinda Pavey

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight

15 November 2017

Have your say on the Environmental Impact Statement for Narrabri to North Star Inland Rail project

 Environmental Impact Statement for the Narrabri to North Star section of the Inland Rail project open for public exhibition to 15 December 2017  This project has been declared Critical State Significant Infrastructure by the NSW Government

The next stage of the transformational Inland Rail project between Brisbane and Melbourne via Parkes is underway with the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Narrabri to North Star section released for public comment by the NSW Government.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the release of the EIS was a major milestone for the project and encouraged the local community to provide feedback.

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NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the state government was pleased to release the EIS today, and said the Inland Rail project had the potential to transform the movement of freight within the state.

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The Narrabri to North Star section will make use of 185 kilometres of existing track and require 3 kilometres of new track. Works are expected to include reconstruction of the existing track, replacement of bridges and culverts, enhanced level crossings and crossing loops.

The Australian Government's $8.4 billion investment in Inland Rail will support thousands of jobs during construction, and improve access for regional producers and industries to domestic and international markets.

Information session times and locations are:

November 21 Narrabri Crossing Theatre

3pm *t 6pm

November 22 Royal on Heber, Moree

9am *t Midday

Croppa Creek Store

1pm *t 2pm

North Star Sporting Club

3pm *t 6pm

November 28 Royal on Heber, Moree

3pm *t 6pm

November 29 Narrabri Crossing Theatre

9am *t Midday

November 30 North Star Sporting Club

9am *t Midday

Consultation for the Narrabri to North Star Project Environmental Impact Statement closes on the 15th of December. The EIS is available online: www.inlandrail.com.au and www.majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au

Media Contacts For Mr Chester: Kerri Griffiths 0417 617 482

For Mrs Pavey: Jessica Cole 0437 767 663