Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Nominations open for Inland Rail Community Consultative Committees in Queensland

Media Release

DC330/2017

01 November 2017

  • Four regional committees to be established for Queensland projects
  • Community Consultative Committee nominations close on 24 November 2017

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester today announced the opening of nominations for four Inland Rail Community Consultative Committees in Queensland.

The committees, of between 10 to 15 members each with an independent chair, will cover the greenfield Inland Rail projects in the Southern Darling Downs, Inner Darling Downs, the Lockyer Valley and the Scenic Rim regions.

Each of these Inland Rail projects will be assessed through the Queensland Government's formal project assessment and approvals process requiring the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement.

Mr Chester said the committees would be another channel for direct feedback and information sharing between landholders, local businesses and residents and the ARTC.

“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 said.

“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.”

Mr Chester said 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.

“In general, committee meetings will be open to the public,” he said.

“Queensland stands to gain thousands of jobs and more than $7.2 billion in economic activity from Inland Rail so it is vital for local communities to contribute to the development and progress of Inland Rail in their local area.”

Interested community members are encouraged to nominate with more information about the committees available at Inlandrail.com.au or by calling 1800 732 761.