Community Support Sought for Impacted Residents
Logan West residents along the proposed Inland Rail route are seeking broader community support as they lobby for environmental and community impact studies to be carried out. “The Inland Rail Action Group (IRAG) are not opposed to the concept of a high speed freight rail line between Victoria and Queensland but we are opposed to the current proposal to route these trains from Toowoomba to Brisbane instead of continuing on to Gladstone”, group member Suz Corbett said.
The current ARTC proposal allows 1.8km long coal and freight trains (increasing to 3.6km long trains) to travel through Logan West between 45-64 times per day. This will directly impact on Logan West residents in the suburbs of New Beith, Greenbank, Hillcrest and Forestdale, through which the rail line passes.
Logan City Councillors and the Mayor have emphatically declared their opposition to the current proposal and their support for the impacted residents. In a video update following the council’s meeting with ARTC last month, Mayor Darren Power said, “I was pretty disturbed that they couldn’t address the issue with vibrations. Particularly with the double freight wagons. The concern was that they are going to be travelling at up to 100km/hr and and they’re going to be at least 1.8km long. That’s a huge impost on the local residents. Particularly the vibrations.”
A recording of the meeting between ARTC and Logan City Councillors is available on the council website.
Stay up to date by following the Inland Rail Action Group on Facebook.
Residents can also go to the ARTC community feedback interactive map and leave comments and concerns https://maps.inlandrail.com.au/k2arb#/