RTA rejects misleading claims

THE RTA yesterday rejected claims from the Concerned Citizen’s Group (CCG) that they had been misled but did not deny that it had only provided part of the information the group was seeking.

An article in yesterday’s Daily Examiner outlined several claims, including one that the former Roads Minister David Campbell had told the group he would waive any Freedom of Information (FOI) costs involved in the group’s investigation.

“The outcome of the meeting between the CCG representatives and the former Minister for Transport and Roads were made publicly known on the same day the meeting was held.

“The statement released has been available on the RTA website since that time,” the RTA statement said.

“The FOI (Freedom of Information) application was withdrawn by the applicant. The RTA gave an undertaking to the applicant that if they wished to reactivate the application they could do so without paying the $30 application.

“Other costs under the legislation would still be considered should the application proceed. This has been discussed several times with the CCG.

“As a result of the CCG’s request for additional information, the RTA has provided reports and documents, all of which have been placed on its website.

“The RTA understands many people in the Clarence Valley want the second crossing to be located in different locations. A clear process is being followed to identify the best option.

“Issues raised by the community, along with input from technical studies, will be carefully considered before any decision is made on a preferred route option.”

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