Environment checks for major infrastructure projects

A special compliance officer will monitor all major infrastructure projects in the Northern Territory, such as the Alice-Darwin railway, to ensure they comply with environmental requirements.

The Alice-Darwin railway has received some criticism since construction began over itsenvironmental record.

Complaints have centred around developer ADrail’s use of water and the impact of clearing on the Gouldian Finches habitat.

New environmental compliance officer Scott Whitney has started to work with ADrail to ensure allenvironmental guidelines are adhered to.

World Environment Day good time to remember rail

World Environment Day highlights the need for increased investment in rail, the Australasian Railways Association (ARA) claimed.

ARA president John Kirk said rail is an environmentally friendly form of transport.

Rail transport greenhouse gas emissions have declined 9% since 1990 and rail is over three times more energy efficient than trucks, he said.

He called on governments to reassess their land transport policies and increase investment in rail transport.