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A NSW parliamentary inquiry will scrutinise the delays and costs of the $2.1 billion Sydney light rail project.
The public inquiry will allow businesses and residents to come forward and make submissions to the inquiry about the project.
The inquiry will refer to not only compensation offered to those affected by light rail construction but the process of the whole project including delays and costs.
Independent City of Sydney Councilor Angela Vithoulkas and Small Business Matters Party founder is calling on people to come forward to the inquiry. Picture: John AppleyardCentral Sydney understands that the upper house Public Accountability Committee, chaired by Christian Democratic Party member Fred Nile, voted unanimously to establish the inquiry just after midday on Tuesday.
It is expected to open later today with submissions open to the public on the NSW Parliament website.
The joint party committee of seven included Liberal MP Matthew Mason-Cox who has previously crossed the floor over contentious issues.
The light rail has been criticised for running well over its original deadline.
Originally set for completion in 2019 the revised finishing date is now March 2020.
City of Sydney councillor and Small Business Matters Party founder Angela Vithoulkas called on people to come forward and make submissions.
“I think the inquiry is exactly what needs to take place in order to uncover the truth about this project and to allow every single small business owner, property owner, resident and worker in Sydney to come forward without hesitation and speak directly to Parliament about what they have experienced,” Cr Vithoulkas said.
Hilton Hotel area of George St Sydney CBD Work on the light rail. No workers to be seen. Picture: Damian Hofman“There is no need for anyone to fear any repercussions here. The truth needs to be told and the reality of how poorly treated the businesses and residents have been and how humiliated they have felt and how ripped of they are needs to come to light,” she said.
The news foreshadows a possible class action law suit being brought against the state government by small business owners and residents affected by the light rail.
More than 110 businesses and residents affected by the Sydney light rail project have registered their interest in joining the suit.
This article first appeared on www.dailytelegraph.com.au
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