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A $26 million conference centre outside Ipswich has warned it could close because of the federal government's proposed $9.3 billion Inland Rail project.
The Queensland leg is worth $6.7 billion, because three "billion-dollar plus" tunnels are required.
The Ivory's Rock Conference and Events Centre near Ipswich.
The proposed route would also require the clearing of 851 hectares of koala habitat between Toowoomba and Acacia Ridge.
The Ivory’s Rock Convention and Events Centre has generated $163 million in revenue for the south-east Queensland economy since 1992, it says in its submission to a Senate inquiry into the proposed freight line.
The centre runs international peace festivals, including the Earth Frequency Lifestyle Festival in February each year, attracting up to 5000 attendees over four days at its site close to Peak Crossing.
"Every major international conference held at Ivory’s Rock generates approximately $5 million in revenue for the surrounding economy," the submission continues.
The freight line, which would be built six metres above the ground, would run 500 metres from the Ivory's Rock site.
"Trains are expected to pass up to 40 times in each 24-hour period; that is once or twice every hour, throughout the day and the night," the submission says.
"People do not want to stay where they cannot sleep. They do not want to attend concerts where the music is interspersed with loud train noises.
"Consequently, the Ivory's Rock Foundation is concerned that this Calvert to Kagaru (Grandchester to Peak Crossing) section (of the Inland Rail project) will force its closure."
Ivory's Rock Foundation spokeswoman Jan McGregor said the freight line, while a "great project" for Australia, would "be a tragedy not just for Ivory's Rock Convention and Events Centre but for the whole region".
This article first appeared on www.brisbanetimes.com.au
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