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The City of Greater Geelong has been advised the best way to deliver fast rail connections between Melbourne and regional cities is for local councils to take the lead.
Michael Deegan, the former boss of Infrastructure Australia, said the city should forge its own path towards fast rail and not wait for state or federal governments.
“I feel strongly about communities taking charge of their own affairs,” he said.
“Other government tiers may support but not supplant, local engagement.
“I have seen your plan for a regional fast rail alliance.
“You are forging the right path and doing it the right way.”
Having spent 40 years in transport and infrastructure in senior government and private sector roles, Mr Deegan urged the council to press ahead.
“In that time, I have seen great ideas white-anted,” he said. “Your policy is the solution they need to a problem not yet fully understood by the state agencies.
“I encourage your group to remain united. Do not be dissuaded by those who argue it is not your role to be involved in such matters as they know not what they do.”
This article first appeared on www.geelongadvertiser.com.au
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