Liberals call to shed light on rail project

THE ACT Opposition wants the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, and senior public servants working on the Capital Metro light rail project to come before public hearings four times a year.

Alistair Coe

Alistair Coe

Shadow Minister for Transport Alistair Coe said this morning that he planned to move for increased public scrutiny of the $614 million light rail project by referring it to the Legislative Assembly’s Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services Committee.

“This is a major project, with a huge scope for government and private sector work,” Mr Coe said. “It’s essential proper light is shed on the whole process.”

“In other jurisdictions, such a project would be covered by a parliamentary public works committee. In the absence of such a committee in the ACT, the Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services Committee is the most appropriate body.

“Given the unprecedented and cost to Canberra taxpayers and ramifications of the light rail project, it is entirely appropriate to ask the Assembly to refer Capital Metro to further public scrutiny.”

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