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I AM somewhat flabbergasted at the lack of proper community consultation and the stupidity exhibited by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) and their proposal from Calvert to Kagaru.
The last time I looked on the map, Beaudesert was quite a distance from Kagaru, and the population in the Undullah/Kagaru area is very small, so the arrogant ARTC group schedule a community meeting for Beaudesert.
ARTC ignores the Willowbank, Calvert, Rosewood community even though it was requested by those community members to have an after-hours' session, or at least turn up to the WAG Community meeting held last Monday.
The meetings at Peak Crossing and Purga were held during business hours and the meeting held on Saturday at Beaudesert, which is some 20km from the proposed Kagaru rail juncture, was held more than an hour's drive away from most of the population that will be affected by ARTC's uneconomic and unviable freight route.
It highlights the fact ARTC is not acting as responsible corporate citizens. It is acting more in the manner of an episode of Utopia (ABC's mythical nation-building program) where an unrealistic and bombastic idea will cost taxpayers billions of dollars, and it continues to blunder on with its inappropriate consultation on an unviable rail line to the detriment of the community and viable projects.
I call on ARTC to have a well-informed public meeting in the Willowbank and Rosewood area so the people of Calvert and Mutdapilly have a chance to attend these community meetings.
It doesn't matter how many meetings ARTC has, it's still a dog of a project that is unrealistic and impractical.
Member for Lockyer
This article first appeared on www.qt.com.au
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