Chambers Flat residents have been confronted with the possibility of having their land acquired by the council to create a four-lane road on Kenny Road, Kirk Road and Anzac Avenue.

Logan City Council division nine councillor Scott Bannan said the proposed upgrades were not final and were not expected to commence for at least another 5 years.

Mr Bannan said although changes to the roads in Chambers Flat would be necessary to accommodate for infrastructure and population growth, he hoped the council would consider alternative routes.

Chambers Flat resident Rodney Street, who lived on Kenny Road for 21 years, said 14 properties on Kenny Road and Kirk Road would be directly affected by the proposed route.

“By the looks of it on the drawing, the works are going to come to our doorstep,” he said.

“It’s going to ruin our house aspect completely.”

Gary Virk, who lived on a 10-acre block with his wife and children for six years, said his whole property could be taken, including a dam and a $100’000 shed.

Mr Virk said he wasn’t sure whether his house would be acquired or he would be left living next to a four-lane freeway.

“I don’t know what they’re doing at this stage,” he said.

Mr Street said the council had not notified the wider community who would also be affected by the upgrades.

“When they sent the letters out to inform us of this, it seemed that only the 14 people who are directly affected by the road received the letters,” he said.

The proposed route would leave one family on an island surrounded by roads on all sides, but the council failed to notify them because their property border was untouched.

Chambers Flat and Logan Reserve Community Centre vice president Karen Marshall said for the centre, parking will be the biggest problem if the land is acquired by council. When weddings and football events take place, the carpark is already full beyond capacity with extra cars parking on the street. (Photo by Jamie Furness.)

Logan City Council division nine councillor Scott Bannan held a community meeting on May 7, 2021 for Chambers Flat residents to discuss their concerns.

“People aren’t happy about it,” he said.

“It’s every home owner’s worst nightmare.”

Approximately 60 residents attended a community meeting at the Chambers Flat and Logan Reserve Community Centre on May 7, 2021 to discuss the proposal. Councillor Scott Bannan said he will organise more meetings in the future to discuss the issue and encourages residents to contact him with ideas and suggestions. (Photo by Paul Jackson.)

Mr Bannan suggested a different route through a block of land formerly known as Pleasant View, Wendt Farm.

The land was acquired by the Logan City Council on September 25, 2020 for a wastewater treatment plant to serve growing populations in Yarrabilba, Park Ridge, and Logan Reserve.

Other residents were concerned about how an alternative route would impact their neighbourhood.

“We need to find every single option we can to lessen the impact on residents,” Mr Bannan said.

“Wendt Farm was my suggestion.

“There are people working on other suggestions.”

Mr Bannan said council officers were listening to local feedback and wanted to do the right thing by the people.

The Acquisition of Land Act 1967 said authorities could resume private land for public purposes, including transport infrastructure.

Compensation for acquired land would be determined by the market value of the property at the time a resumption notice was published.

Landholders would be permitted to have an objection heard by the constructing authorities.

More information about land resumption is available on the Queensland Government website and the Acquisition of Land Act 1967.

Wendt Farm (Pleasant View) was established in 1864 by the Wendt family. The former dairy farm, which was recently acquired by the council for a sewerage plant, is adjacent to Kenny Road. Councillor Scott Bannan said the land could be an alternative solution to the traffic problem in Chambers Flat. (Photo by Jamie Furness.)

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