4 members of FFRR had a meeting with Kimberley Dripps
and an engineer from DoT on 30th Sep to clarify what
actions DoT intends to take in response to our submission and to
discuss how residents and DoT might work together throughout the life
of the project.
It is a mystery as to why a CRG was not established for the RRL project at the very beginning of the process.
to the follow-up conversation with Kimberley, the details of how the
RRL CRG will be formed etc has not been drafted by DoT, but we will
keep pushing to make sure this happens soon.
Other discussion with DoT
Dripps, also mentioned that DoT intends to appoint a welfare/advocacy
officer to take care of residents needs throughout the project. FFRR
has been asked by DoT for suggestions on where this position might be
hosted (eg at Maribyrnong council, or another local social welfare
agency). Kimberley also confirmed that, for those whose homes will be
acquired, the cost of buyers advocates to find a new home will be
Apart from those above, we clarified that DoT has no intention of implementing any noise abatement measures at all – as per the terms of the ancient Victorian railways Act.
Nor will they push for an increase in the “prescribed amount” to apply for interest free or modified governmental loans, which is set at a maximum of $500,000 under the terms of the Land Acquisition and Compensation Act (LACA). The advice from DoT on this is that we should take up the issue with the Attorney General!
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