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The chairman leading an inquiry over a planned rail line in the Surat Basin says a public hearing yesterday was the first time rural lobbyists had met the project's proponents.
Surat Basin Railway plans to construct a 214 kilometre rail corridor linking Wandoan, in the Darling Downs, to the Moura railway line.
It would enable coal from the Surat Basin to be exported from the Port of Gladstone but rural lobby group AgForce has concerns about land access.
Inquiry chairman Ted Malone says issues over consultation were raised at the hearing.
"Negotiations with compensation etcetera are taking place pretty well as we speak," he said.
"It was fortunate we had both AgForce and SBR [Surat Basin Rail] in the same room and just by coincidence they hadn't consulted each other, so it was a real opportunity for them to exchange business cards and hopefully issues of conflict may be settled before it goes too much further."
Mr Malone says the hearing has relieved many concerns over the project.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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