Planning approval documents

Inland Rail has now received all primary environmental approvals from the NSW and Australian governments to progress the Narromine to Narrabri section.

We have developed a range of documents for managing the design and construction of the Narromine to Narrabri project.

NSW Government approval

On 21 February 2023, the NSW Government approved the Critical State Significant Infrastructure (CSSI) application for the Narromine to Narrabri section under the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

Please go to the NSW Government’s Major Projects website to view the project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

The following documents support the EIS process:

Statutory approvals

Management plans, strategies and programs

Australian Government approval

Following NSW Government approval in February 2023, the N2N 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 31 January 2024.

The approval includes strict conditions to manage and report on outcomes for matters of national environmental significance and the environment.

To support this our work will involve further research, field studies and consultation with NSW and Australian government agencies.

To view the notification of approval and list of conditions please visit the EPBC Act Public Portal.

Narwonah Material Distribution Centre planning approval documents

A Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the Narwonah Material Distribution Centre was developed to document the likely impacts of the proposal on the environment and detail the safeguards and management measures to be implemented during the project’s detailed design, construction and operation.

It was on public display during May 2022. During this time the community had the opportunity to make a submission about the project to Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) as part of its assessment of the project.

The REF for the Narwonah Material Distribution Centre was approved in June 2022 and construction is now underway.

Narwonah Material Distribution Centre Review of Environmental Factors

View the full Narwonah Material Distribution Centre REF documents below.

Aerial view of the Narwonah site