Parkes Shire residents are invited to attend information sessions about Inland Rail, after an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Parkes to Narromine section of the project was placed on public exhibition today by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.

The sessions, hosted by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), will provide locals with an opportunity to have any questions about the project and the EIS answered by ARTC's project team.

Parkes Shire Mayor Cr Ken Keith OAM said "the Inland Rail is set to become the backbone of transport and logistics for the nation, connecting our region to a global market via the major ports of Australia. So it is important that our locals are given an opportunity to understand what the project involves and have their say."

ARTC Programme Delivery Director for Inland Rail Simon Thomas said that the ARTC has been working closely with the community for the past 18 months.

"We are very grateful for the support, feedback and land access they have provided which has helped us draft the EIS.”

“The information sessions are open to everyone and I encourage people to come and learn more about this exciting project for Australia,” Mr Thomas said.

The 106 kilometre Inland Rail section from Parkes to Narromine will utilise existing track that is already operated by ARTC as part of its interstate rail freight network. Work will involve upgrading the track, track formation, and culverts as well as providing three new crossing loops at Goonumbla, Peak Hill, and Timjelly and a new 6km long rail connection to the Broken Hill line to the west of Parkes.

“Central West NSW stands to benefit from Inland Rail and ARTC understands how important it is for people to understand the proposals for their local area,” Mr Thomas said.

Drop-in information sessions will be hosted by ARTC on the following dates:

PARKES

Wednesday 2 August

9am-12pm

Coventry Room & Cultural Centre, Parkes Shire Council Library, Bogan Street, Parkes

Tuesday 8 August

3pm - 7pm

Coventry Room & Cultural Centre, Parkes Shire Council Library, Bogan Street, Parkes

PEAK HILL

Wednesday 2 August

3pm - 6pm

Ex Services & Citizens Club, Caswell Street, Peak Hill

Tuesday 8 August

9am - 12pm

Ex Services & Citizens Club, Caswell Street, Peak Hill

To view the EIS and for more information:

Submissions can be made until 18 August 2017.

You can contact Inland Rail via the information line (free-call) 1800 732 761 or via inlandrailenquiries@artc.com.au