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CONCERNS about the Galilee Basin Rail Corridors rest in the hands of the Queensland Government Coordinator-General.
Member for Gregory Vaughan Johnson met the Premier on Monday to share landholders' concerns.
"It was a very constructive talk," Mr Johnson said.
"I explained that landholders weren't happy the line runs through a flood plain and across good farming country."
Premier Campbell Newman said the boundaries of the state development area were set, but Mr Johnson's concerns would be taken on board.
"What we asked the Coordinator-General is, when he now gets down to the final detailed stages of planning, that he does everything he can to mitigate impacts on people's properties," Mr Newman said.
"For example, the current corridor arguably might affect certain farms' important infrastructure, it might be a stockyard, it might be wells and pumps and those sorts of things.
"What we've asked the Coordinator-General is now to ensure that his people understand that when they go out and they talk to the roughly 70 landowners that are affected."
Shontae Moran of DoubleD Station, Clermont, said the railway would run for 19km through her cattle property.
She said decreased land value and the increased risk of flooding and fire were ongoing concerns.
"This is the worst- handled infrastructure development I've ever seen," she said
"The way it has been handled is awful."
Mrs Moran said the rail corridor was constructed with limited data input to reflect flooding risks.
"When you put a railway line on a flood plain, as we have seen in history, Mother Nature will do what she wants to do," she said.
A compensation agreement had not yet been struck with rail company Aurizon, Mrs Moran added.
"We will just keep trying the do our best with the circumstances," she said.
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry was planning to head to Clermont in the next few weeks to listen to the stakeholders concerned about the proposed coal rail corridor in the area.
Ms Landry said that while the issue was currently a matter for the State Government, she was keen to get a first-hand understanding of the situation.
Peter Heelan mustering at Ulcanbah.
Landholders welcome review of controversial rail route
Landholders within the Galilee Basin State Development Area have welcomed the call from member for Gregory Vaughan Johnson for a review of controversial coal export rail corridors in Central Queensland.
Cattle producer Peter Heelan said landholders wanted Premier Newman to change the rail route to protect productive farmland.
"The companies are looking to take the shortest, cheapest route to the port at Abbot Point and that just happens to be straight through some of the most highly productive floodplains and farmland in the region," Mr Heelan said.
"The rail lines are simply in the wrong place.
"We welcome calls my Vaughan Johnson to review the proposed route to ensure our best farming land is protected now and into the future."
Mr Heelan said: "The recent declaration of the SDA, which puts our good country in the firing line of the rail corridors, shows that the Queensland government is giving mining special, ahead of agriculture".
"But it's not late for Premier Newman and Minister Seeney to review rail corridor alignment to ensure the right decision is made and that our food producing areas are secured," he said.
Landholders are concerned about the construction of large, elevated rail infrastructures across major floodplains and waterways that will substantially change surface water flows and lead to altered flood patterns.
Mr Heelan said it was easy to build a rail line on low, flat country, but it also made it easy for water to spread, creating massive damage, when it flooded.
This article first appeared on www.cqnews.com.au
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