A Community Consultative Committee (CCC) for the Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton section of the Inland Rail project has been established.
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.
“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 Federal Government is committed to deliver Inland Rail in a way that genuinely engaged with the communities along the route.
“We are investing more than $9 billion to make this longstanding vision of a freight corridor between Melbourne and Brisbane a reality,” Senator Cormann said.
“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.”
Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen said community consultation is critical to ensuring we deliver this project in a way which minimises 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.”
The Inland Rail project will create an estimated 16,000 direct and indirect jobs during construction and add $16 billion to the economy within its first 50 years of operation.