Inland Rail office finally rolls into Gatton
A NEW Inland Rail office space in Gatton will provide residents with a place to raise questions about the ARTC project.
Lockyer Valley Regional Council has “stepped in” to ensure residents have reasonable access to the Australian Rail Track Corporation during the consultation process and provided an office space in its Gatton offices for ARTC use in the interim.
LVRC Mayor Tanya Milligan said she was pleased to see the corporation taking this important step in their community consultation process for the region.
“While we understand that ARTC are looking into a more permanent shop front, we weren’t prepared to wait and have made adjustments to accommodate them in our Gatton council office for the time being,” Cr Milligan said.
The announcement comes after Cr Milligan lashed out at ARTC earlier this month about its handling of the Inland Rail project, claiming the relationship between the council and ARTC had been completely “derailed”.
Inland Rail director of community and environment Rebecca Pickering said community consultation was the cornerstone of the Inland Rail project and expected to establish a permanent office in early 2019.
Ms Pickering said ARTC had previously occupied space in council offices last year but visitor numbers did not meet expected demand.
She said ARTC highly valued its relationship with the people of the Lockyer and Lockyer Valley Regional Council.
“ARTC is listening and is open to suggestions from the council on how we can engage better with these communities,” Ms Pickering said.
The ARTC office will be managed by their engagement team, operating Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8.30am–4.30pm.
Appointments are necessary and can be made via 1800 732 761.