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Council calls on ARTC to collaborate

Friday, 29 March, 2019

Strathbogie Shire Councillors have called on Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) to form a Working Group responsible for the scope and design of a solution for the Anderson Street overpass, as part of their Inland Rail Freight Project.

Council endorsed a formal submission to ARTC at a recent Special Council Meeting, following community feedback and in the wake of their own concerns surrounding the community engagement process undertaken by ARTC to date, which Councillors believe hasn’t involved key stakeholders enough along the way.

The recommendation from Council asks that ARTC start from the beginning with a process that includes the ability for all stakeholders, including the community, Council, Vline, VicTrack and VicRoads, to form a Working Group responsible for the scope and design of the project.

The recommendation also highlighted the need for the Working Group to explore a variety of opportunities and considerations for the project, including functionality, connectivity, visual amenity, accessibility, safety and location.

If this model is accepted by ARTC, the Working Group would be formed through a call for Expressions of Interest from members of the community who hold specialist qualifications and skills relevant to the project and the group would need to be approved by Council.

The process would also include broader community consultation and feedback from the Office of Victorian Government Architects once Working Group options for the project are drafted.

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