Farmers say Nats must revoke Condamine floodplain Inland Rail route

Nats must revoke Condamine floodplain Inland Rail route say farmers

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The National Party needs to direct ARTC to abandon its flawed plans to place the Inland Rail on the Condamine River floodplain say Millmerran Rail Group chairman Wes Judd.

The National Party needs to direct ARTC to abandon its flawed plans to place the Inland Rail on the Condamine River floodplain say Millmerran Rail Group chairman Wes Judd.

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Farmers say the National Party must direct ARTC to abandon its flawed plans to place the Inland Rail on the Condamine River floodplain.

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FARMERS are calling on federal National Party to immediately revoke plans to route the Inland Rail over the agriculturally important Condamine River floodplain.

Farmer and Millmerran Rail Group chairman Wes Judd said the National Party needed to focus on the desperate calls from landholders and residents over Australian Rail Track Corporation's flawed plan, rather than worrying about its own leadership woes.

"We all know the Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack has been under pressure," Mr Judd said, in reference to ongoing leadership tensions created by Barnaby Joyce.

Farmers say the Inland Rail will exacerbate flooding, wrecking the agriculturally important Condamine River floodplain.

Farmers say the Inland Rail will exacerbate flooding, wrecking the agriculturally important Condamine River floodplain.

"But as Transport Minister, Michael McCormack has allowed the ARTC to put hundreds of landholders and residents in our community, under immense pressure about the future of their homes, their farms, their businesses and their jobs.

"Instead of talking about leadership in Canberra, start showing us some. Farmers need to be supported."

Concerned landholders will also meet with Labor leader Anthony Albanese in Brisbane on Tuesday.

Mr Judd said ARTC had acknowledged its flood modelling was flawed.

"If ARTC get their way, then local residents risk greater flooding with potential," Mr Judd said.

"It will be an unmitigated and completely avoidable disaster."

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On January 29, more than 300 overwhelmingly concerned people attended a Senate committee inquiry into the management of the $10 billion Inland Rail.

"The Senators heard loud and clear the many problems we are having with ARTC," Mr Judd said.

"They think our lives and livelihoods can be dictated to by drawing lines on a map.

"I think it's fair to say the Senators were shocked what landholders had to say."

NSW farmers on the Macintyre floodplain near Goondiwindi as well as the Goondiwindi Regional Council are also calling for a different route to be selected for that section of the Inland Rail.

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