Facts ignored on rail corridor

Facts ignored on rail corridor


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Irate Cobboco district farmers affected by just one section of the Inland Rail corridor met with NSW Farmers president James Jackson (fourth from right) on Monday.

Irate Cobboco district farmers affected by just one section of the Inland Rail corridor met with NSW Farmers president James Jackson (fourth from right) on Monday.

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A fact-finding tour of the inland rail corridor from Narromine to Coonamble has enlightened NSW Farmers president to many inadequacies of the project to date.

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“ENLIGHTENING”, was the word NSW Farmers president James Jackson used describing his thoughts after meeting at least 24 farmers on-property or in groups during a tour of affected farmers from between Coonamble to Narromine on Monday.

He was accompanied by the association’s Inland Rail Task Force chair, Adrian Lyons, Coonamble, and association chair of the Dubbo branch, Shane Kilby.

During each meeting Mr Jackson heard from property owners how they had not received adequate and up-to-date information from the Australia Rail Track Corporation and that ARTC investigators were not listening to their local knowledge particularly of flood prone water areas on properties.

“I believe local knowledge is critical to the construction of major regional infrastructure projects and from what I have heard, this is not completely happening,” Mr Jackson said.

Issues discussed ranged from impacts on farm business and serious concerns of multi criteria analysis (MCA) reports at Cobboco.

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