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Inland Rail project team updates Council on progress


 The Australian Rail Track Corporation’s (ARTC) Inland Rail project team recently provided the Moree Plains Shire Council with a progress update on the Inland Rail project, which will link Brisbane and Melbourne via Toowoomba, Moree, Parkes and Albury.


Deputy Mayor Cr Stephen Ritchie was pleased with the presentation saying “Moree Plains Shire Council is committed to help drive the Inland Rail, a nation building infrastructure project that has the potential to reduce freight cost for our farmers, making local producers globally competitive and boosting inland regional economies significantly.”


The Inland Rail project team advised that the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is scheduled for community consideration in November of this year. Council’s Executive Projects Manager John Carleton explained that the EIS will provide the New England/North West region with a more detailed look at the project details for the construction and operation of this section of the Inland Rail.


“The EIS process is a great opportunity for the public to review the development and provide comment on the Inland Rail project,” said Mr Carleton.


Moree Plains Shire Council has been working closely with the ARTC’s Inland Rail project team to ensure that the final product will reflect priorities of freight customers in the NSW New England/North West region and to involve local communities along the Inland Rail, said Cr Richie. Enquiries about the Inland Rail project should be directed to ARTC’s Community Information Line 1800 732 761 or by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .




Following the floods of 2011 and 2012, Council engaged consultants to undertake a ‘Moree and Environs Flood Study/Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan’.

The process for development and implementation of the Plan is as follows:

At the present time, Council has:

It is now time for Council to consider the recommendations of the Floodplain Risk Management Study.


At the present time, no policy changes have been made by Council in response to the Floodplain Risk Management Study.

Details in relation to Council’s existing policy are available on Council’s website in Council’s Development Control Plan (from page 55) at


To consider the recommendations of the risk management study, Council is seeking to establish a Community Reference Group which will be made up of affected residents, affected businesses, developers, professionals, Councillors and senior Council management. This Community Reference Group will assist Councillors in formulating the Council’s policy response to the Floodplain Risk Management Study. Membership on the Community Reference Group will be determined through an expression of interest process.


In the meantime, Council invites all interested community members to attend a public meeting to address issues surrounding flood management in the Moree area on Monday 11 September 2017 at 6pm at the Moree Memorial Hall. RSVPs are not necessary.

Mayor Cr Katrina Humphries said, “The Floodplain Study adopted by Council is an important part of the process. The Study gives us all the technical information and modelling about flooding in and around Moree.


“I understand there’s a lot of concern in the community about the implications and I want to make it crystal clear – Council has NOT yet changed its policy in response to the Study.


“A number of recommendations have been made as part of the Study – it’s now for us and community members to come together and formulate a policy that balances the risk to people and property in the Shire with a reasonable and sensible approach for our community. There’s an opportunity for concerned residents and businesses to get involved through a Community Reference Group – if you want to be involved, I encourage community members to put in an expression of interest to be part of it!”


Director of Planning and Community Development, Angus Witherby further emphasised the need for the community to be part of the process, “When Council adopted the Floodplain Risk Management Study, the Councillors specifically included a resolution to ensure that Council consulted with the community regarding the recommendations. This has always been on the agenda and now armed with the technical information; we’re in a position to discuss those options with interested community members.


“In addition to the community reference group, Council will be running a number of community workshops where the broader community can attend and become involved.  We will also be undertaking publicity through letter box drops in various areas, social media and press releases,” said Mr Witherby. 


Register your interest in being part of the Community Reference Group by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to be notified of the opening of the Expression of Interest process. This will also be advertised on Council’s Facebook page, website and through the Moree Champion.


Council would also like to confirm that it in no way endorses or agrees with certain representations made by SMK Consultants in their letter of 22 August 2017 and addressed “To Whom It May Concern” regarding parts of Yarraman, Stonnington and the area North of Kamilaroi Drive.

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