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Community members are invited to share their local knowledge and learn more about Inland Rail’s comprehensive environmental studies, with community information sessions being held in North Star, Boggabilla and Goondiwindi later this month.
Environmental and engineering investigations for the Environmental Impact Statement for the project between North Star and the NSW/Queensland border are getting underway, and these information sessions are among many opportunities that will be provided for local communities to provide input and feedback as the design work is carried out during the next 18 to 24 months.
Inland Rail NSW Community Engagement Manager Helena Orel said interested members of the public can speak directly with project technical specialists about planning and investigations for the study area between North Star and the NSW/Queensland border.
“ARTC is committed to working with communities and stakeholders as a vital part of our planning and design process,” Ms Orel said.
“We would love to see lots of people taking time to come and talk to us about what’s involved in the studies and investigations and to let us know what is important to them. These sessions will focus on key areas that will be addressed in the EIS, including rail alignment, hydrology, noise and vibration, design, ecological and cultural heritage impacts, as well as the social impacts. We are focused on delivering the best possible rail line and the community's input and feedback is vital to get the best results. That is also why we’re currently progressing the establishment of a Community Consultative Committee for the North Star to Border project.”
The North Star to Border section is approximately 37km in length and follows the existing disused rail corridor towards Boggabilla and then crosses the Macintyre River before joining the existing South West Rail Line in Queensland. The project involves constructing a new rail line in the existing corridor and over the river.
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The community info sessions will be held at North Star Sporting Club, North Star (Tuesday, August 28, 4-6pm); Boggabilla Town and Country, Boggabilla (Wednesday, August 29, 12-2pm); Goondiwindi Waggamba Community Cultural Centre, Goondiwindi (August 29, 4-7pm)
For more info, visit the website http://www.inlandrail.com.au or call 1800 732 761, or email email@example.com.
This article first appeared on www.goondiwindiargus.com.au
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