In­land Rail of­fice fi­nally rolls into Gat­ton

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

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.

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