Tree damage Moree ShireFollowing the wild weather over the past few days, bear in mind, trees around the Shire (including on private property) may have been weakened and become unstable and can pose a risk to community members. Trees and branches may have been hit by lightning or affected by very strong winds during big storms. As Council and property owners assess the damage caused by recent storm activity, please be mindful of the risk of trees and branches falling.

Report any concerns to Council on (02) 6757 3222.

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Inland Rail

Inland Rail Moves into the Detail Design Phase

There will be increased activity along the rail corridor between Narrabri, Moree and North Star over the next 12 months as the Inland Rail project moves into the detail design phase.

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has awarded the joint venture between Mott MacDonald and WSP Australia Pty Ltd a contact to provide engineering and design consulting services as well as environmental assessments for the 188km Narrabri to North Star section of the Inland Rail.

ARTC will be making contact with landowners to access properties adjacent to the rail line to allow for site investigations, including surveying and geotechnical investigations.

The construction of the Narrabri to North Star section will include the creation of a new crossing loop; work on level crossings, and new signalling and communications, signage, fencing, services and utilities within the corridor.

Moree Plains Shire Council’s Mayor Cr Katrina Humphries reiterated the Inland Rail is Australia’s largest rail freight infrastructure project.

“Once complete, Inland Rail will help create a stronger economy for Australia, as well as improve safety in local communities.”

“It will complete the backbone of Australia’s national freight network by linking the country’s five largest capital cities, top four agricultural regions and seven major ports,” she said.

Further information on the Narrabri to North Start section of the Inland Rail can be obtained at website www.inlandrail.com.au/n2ns.