ARTC Provides Positive Progress Update on Inland Rail Construction to Narromine Shire Council

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) recently convened with Narromine Shire Council Mayor, Clr Craig Davies and Council Executive Staff to discuss the ongoing progress of activities related to the future construction phases of the Inland Rail project.

Mayor Craig Davies expressed his satisfaction with the quarterly update, noting the continued momentum of the $31.4 billion infrastructure endeavour within the Narromine Shire. The discussion reaffirmed ARTC's commitment to delivering the project as planned.

At present, ARTC's primary focus remains on completing the Melbourne to Parkes route before initiating the Narromine to Narrabri phase. 

From September 2024 onwards the Materials Distribution Centre, situated along Craigie Lea Lane at Narwonah will become operational. This centre will commence accepting deliveries of materials earmarked for stockpiling, facilitating track laying construction centred from Narromine all the way through to Narrabri.

 “The Narwonah site brings opportunities for value adding agricultural activities and other agricultural related businesses and will, in time, become the focal point of much of the agricultural service industries for Narromine and surrounding region. It forms the vision behind the current rezoning by Council in this precinct and will serve the Shire into the decades ahead,” said Mayor Davies.

The Inland Rail project stands poised to bring numerous benefits to the Narromine region. These include meeting the increasing freight demands, reducing the reliance on road transport for freight movement. 

“Each train using Inland Rail will be able to carry the equivalent freight volume of 110 B-double trucks, enabling faster, safer and more reliable delivery of freight, reducing supply chain costs for our producers.

While the construction activities will provide initial opportunities, we cannot ignore the long-term benefits that Inland Rail will provide for future generations,” Mayor Davies emphasised.

Further information can be found by visiting ARTC’s website



Media Contact: Narromine Shire Council, Mayor, Clr Craig Davies  T: 0429 887 707