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Inland Rail continues to stall on community consultation

October 10, 2018

Establishment of a Community Consultative Committee (the Committee) for the Federal LNP Government’s Inland Rail Project has dragged over a week past their deadline without any update to the community.

Member for Algester Leeanne Enoch MP said she is disappointed at the inconsistent information being provided to the local community and the delay in establishing the Committee.

"I’m very concerned that local residents near the rail line are still being left in the dark despite the ARTC agreeing to genuine consultation," Ms Enoch said.

"This issue is incredibly important to our community, and right now we need reliable, consistent information.

"After seeing the lack of reliable information within our own communities, I, along with Linus Power MP and Charis Mullen MP, lobbied for the Committee to be formed.

"But so far, despite receiving confirmation back in June that the Committee will be formed, we are still waiting and now deadlines are being pushed back," Ms Enoch said.

Nominations for the Committee closed on 30 August 2018 and Ms Enoch’s office was advised by the ARTC that Committee members would be confirmed by the end of September, with the first meeting to occur in October 2018.

However a Committee chair and final Committee members are yet to be appointed and the ARTC has now informed Ms Enoch’s office that the first meeting will not take place until November.

The Interim Charter states the Committee’s membership will consist of 10 to 15 members as well as an independent chair and that meetings will be held quarterly.