Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester announced the opening of nominations for four Inland Rail Community Consultative Committees in Queensland.
The committees, of between 10 to 15 members each with an independent chair, will cover the greenfield Inland Rail projects in the Southern Darling Downs, Inner Darling Downs, the Lockyer Valley and the Scenic Rim regions.
Each of these Inland Rail projects will be assessed through the Queensland Government’s formal project assessment and approvals process requiring the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement.
Mr Chester said the committees would be another channel for direct feedback and information sharing between landholders, local businesses and residents and the ARTC.
“Local people told us they wanted committees in each of the Queensland Inland Rail project areas and that’s what we are delivering,” Mr Chester said.
“Regular and ongoing input is both vital and welcome as ARTC moves through the EIS process of extensive studies and engineering work which will take around 18-months to two years across all four Queensland projects covered by the committees.”
Mr Chester said the geographically-based committees would focus on the Inland Rail projects in their local area, with committee members gathering and disseminating information throughout their community and then presenting those views to the committee.
“In general, committee meetings will be open to the public,” he said.
“Queensland stands to gain thousands of jobs and more than $7.2 billion in economic activity from Inland Rail so it is vital for local communities to contribute to the development and progress of Inland Rail in their local area.”
Interested community members are encouraged to nominate with more information about the committees available by calling 1800 732 761.
Source: Australian Government