A COMMUNITY Consultative Committee (CCC) has been established for a northern section of the Inland Rail project.
The CCC for the Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton section of the project is the fifth established in Queensland, and brings the entire Queensland section of the rail project under CCCs.
Deputy Prime Minister and minister for infrastructure and transport Michael McCormack said the establishment of this committee by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is an important opportunity for residents in the southern suburbs of Brisbane, Logan and parts of the Scenic Rim area to contribute local knowledge to the Inland Rail project.
He noted that strong working relationships between ARTC, local communities, stakeholder groups and councils are critical to the success of the project.
“CCCs help ensure community issues are brought to the fore and addressed during the planning and design of each Inland Rail section,” Mr McCormack said.
“CCCs provide an important mechanism for local communities to be listened to, delivering on the Government’s commitment to ensure strong relationships are developed with local landowners and community groups along the route.
“An important role for the Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton Community Consultative Committee will be to provide community input on aspects of the studies required as part of the project approvals process.”
Minister for finance Mathias Cormann said the government was investing more than $9bn in the Melbourne to Brisbane rail freight corridor.
“With Australia’s freight task set to almost double over the next 20 years, this is a critically important investment into Australia’s freight infrastructure for the future, with every dollar the government invests forecast to return $2.62 to the Australian economy,” Mr Cormann said.
Federal member for Forde Bert van Manen said community consultation was critical to minimising impacts on local communities.
“Inland Rail is critical for the future of the country, but equally it must be built in way which minimises the impact on local communities,” Mr van Manen said.
“I have no doubt that ensuring noise and coal dust are adequately managed will be an important focus of the community consultative committee.”
Federal Member for Wright, Scott Buchholz welcomed the establishment of the final community consultative committee for the south-east Queensland region.
“This gives the people of Beaudesert, Jimboomba and the wider region the opportunity to have close consultation on the Inland Rail. I know this has been really important in sharing the feedback of the community in other parts of the region, including through the Lockyer Valley,” he said.
“Inland Rail is vital – it will bring jobs and opportunity to the region, but as a local member I remain committed to working with the ARTC to ensure the local community is listened to.”