Staunch opponents of the $10 billion inland rail project voiced their concerns about the route selection process when they confronted Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his deputy Michael McCormack at the Gilgandra Show on Saturday.
"We asked him [Michael McCormack] to announce an independent inquiry into the route selection process," Wanda Galley said.
"He said he doesn't want to defer it but it's a $10 billion project and taxpayers have a right to know where their money is going."
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Ms Galley and her husband Paul have spent the past three years opposing the project in its current form.
"It's fine to say they're [senior federal government leaders] here on a listening tour in the lead up to an election but where have they been?" Mr Galley said.
Narromine resident Jennifer Knop is another voter critical of the inland rail route selection process.
"We believe the route selection process was severely flawed," she said.
"It's going through a massive floodplain... they're putting our lives at risk.
"They're taking it through prime farming land and two conservation areas."
Mr McCormack was not afraid to hear the views of residents steadfastly opposed to the inland rail project, but he remained committed to building the project on the current route.
He said several inquiries were held and the government was determined to get on with the job of advancing Australia.
"We've been talking about it for years, it's time to get on and build it," he said.
"The biggest beneficiaries of inland rail are going to be farmers and small businesses.
"If we move the line it will hold up the project.
"This is going to be a 1700 kilometre corridor of commerce and we're using existing rail corridors to minimise the impact of new development."
Mr McCormack said ongoing consultation will take place with the community as the project is progressed.