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A LABOR Party pledge to investigate the Inland Rail project has given heart to concerned residents living along the proposed track in southeast Queensland.
ALP Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese said an inquiry into the $10billion Coalition project was necessary as there had not been adequate consultation.
“It is very clear that the government has failed to consult properly,” he told radio host Alan Jones on Tuesday.
“It’s very clear that there are real issues with the route going through prime agricultural land, that the locals aren’t being listened to.”
Forestdale resident Suz Corbett said she would raise the ALP plan at next month’s Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton Community Consultative Committee meeting.
Shadow Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese with CEO of the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) John Fullerton.She said residents were pleased the ALP had listened to the concerns of farmers.
“But we don’t get a mention though — only the farmers,” she said.
“I wrote to Alan Jones and pointed out that there are 50,000-plus residents on the Kagaru to Acacia Ridge route who will be directly impacted.
“And that number is increasing quickly.”
This article first appeared on www.couriermail.com.au
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