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SOUTHSIDE residents who have been fighting for more than three years to stop a proposed national freight train line on their back doorsteps, have finally found an unlikely champion.
A council on Brisbane’s southside has stepped in to defend households from Kagaru to Bromelton which might be affected by noise, dust and vibration when the national freight line is built.
Logan City Council this week planned to write to a Senate standing committee demanding it ensure accountability from the parties building the 8500km track.
In a letter to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport committee, Logan administrator Tamara O’Shea said a section of the track through Logan should be co-ordinated under the state government’s Co-ordinator-General’s Office.
“This is the only section in Queensland that is not subject to the more rigorous process that is associated with a co-ordinated project,” Ms O’Shea said.
Logan administrator Tamara O’Shea has written to the Senate inquiry to back residents’ concerns over Inland Rail.“Council considers that this is the preferred approach in light of the complex and various impacts that need to be considered.
“Council will continue to lobby on behalf of the Logan community for an Inland Rail solution that will minimise noise, emissions and dust impacts on residents.
“It will also continue to advocate for the Salisbury to Beaudesert passenger rail project to be delivered concurrently with Inland Rail.”
The letter also outlined council concerns about future congestion on the Mt Lindesay Highway and called for a plan to upgrade the highway, if the rail line went ahead via a transit hub at Bromelton.
An excerpt from a letter from Logan City Council’s Administrator Tamara O’Shea to the Senate Inquiry.The highway currently carries about 40,000 vehicles daily from Bromelton and the council said it expected that number to increase to 63,900 by 2031.
The letter said public engagement on Inland Rail had been inadequate and led to community angst and pointed out the route was selected without consultation.
Queensland Senator Murray Watt (Labor) and federal MP for Forde Bert van Manen (LNP) both backed the council letter.
Senator Watt said the federal government and the ARTC “needed to start respecting locals along the route”.
“They’ve finally admitted they need help, after revelations last week that they spent $190,000 on consultants to help ‘develop empathy’.
“I encourage all stakeholders and communities affected by the project to make a submission to the Senate inquiry. The committee will listen to concerns from all sides and propose recommendations to improve the project.”
This article first appeared on www.couriermail.com.au
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