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Slowly but surely… NSW Corridor of the Inland Rail

By February 5, 2021Property Law
NSW Corridor of the Inland Rail

North Star to Queensland Border

This portion of the Inland Rail involves upgrading 25km of non-operational rail line between North Star towards Boggabilla and building 14km of new track across the Macintyre River.

The exact location and design of the track is yet to be finalised but properties that may be affected in the proposed area can be found here.

The Environmental Impact Statement for this project was lodged with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) for approval in August 2020.  The DPIE is expected to make its determination in mid-2021.

What should I do if I am considering purchasing property in the North Star to Queensland Border area that may be affected by the Inland Rail corridor?

Because the exact location and design of the expanded rail corridor is yet to be finalised, the expanded rail corridor may not appear in property searches in New South Wales.  For this reason, it is important to check the interactive maps on the ARTC’s website to determine whether a property you are considering purchasing will be affected by the Inland Rail.

Narrabri to North Star

An interactive map of the proposed rail corridor from Narrabri to North Star can be found here.

This portion of the Inland Rail is divided into two phases:

  1. Phase 1: Narrabri to Moree, Camurra to North Star

This phase involves the upgrade and replacement of 171km of existing rail line between Narrabri and Moree, and Camurra and North Star.

This section has been approved by both the state and federal governments and construction is now underway.

  1. Phase 2: Moree to Camurra

This phase involves upgrading 15km of existing track crossing the Mehi–Gwydir floodplain and building 2.3km of new track at Camurra, north of Moree.

These works are currently in the reference design stage and the Environmental Impact Statement for this project is expected to be released for public comment in mid-2021.

Please contact a member of our Property team at Fox and Thomas if you believe your property may be within the proposed rail corridor for advice on how you may be impacted.