Four Inland Rail Community Consultative Committees are to be established for Queensland and the Federal Government is looking for nominees.
Federal Infrastructure Minister Darren Chester says the committees, will cover the inland rail projects in the southern Darling Downs, inner Darling Downs, the Lockyer Valley and the Scenic Rim regions.
Each Committee will have between 10 to 15 members and an independent chair providing input into the State Governments’ project assessment and approvals processes necessary for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Study.
That process will run over the next 18 months to 2 years.
The Minister says the four groups approach is a direct response to community calls.
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.
“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 says the committees aim to provide a channel for direct feedback and information sharing between landholders, local businesses and residents and the ARTC.
“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.”
“In general, committee meetings will be open to the public.”