What can you do as a councillor to help residents affected by the inland rail?
While the Council has no power to stop this project or change the route, I’ll pressure the local state and federal members to listen to the community. When none of them attended the last Inland Rail meeting, you have to question their commitment to our community.
I will be advocating for my division 7 to the state and the federal government to commit to noise suppression barriers, fixed high fences and plants along affected residents. Also, get involved in communities discussion and keep affected communities informed.
For the past three years engaging with the community and community organisations like IRAG, and attending Community Consultative Committee meetings in Crestmead, Jimboomba, Algester and Parkinson; and I have had discussions with State and Federal MP’s from both the ALP and LNP, and I will continue to advocate for the section, Kagaru to Acacia Ridge to be dropped and for the Inland Rail project to be re-routed through to the Australian owned Port of Gladstone.
Recently, I was door knocking an area bordering the existing freight corridor and strangely I was given no specific concerns. I have concerns about the project. An increase in rail traffic will lead to more noise, dust and vibrations. If elected I will liase with all stakeholders to ensure residents are not inconvenienced by the project. I will fight hard for the residents to ensure they have a voice and get a fair deal.
I will continue the advocation Logan City Council began in October 2019, submitting to the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Enquiry raising concerns around route planning, connections with other freight infrastructure, including intermodal hubs and ports, engagement on route alignment, and collaboration between governments. I will advocate for both the state and federal governments for meaningful engagement with individuals, communities and other interested parties to provide best possible outcomes.
The Inland rail is something that is, for the most part, out of the Council’s hands. However, residents deserve timely information about the project and what to expect. Though we have been ensured that the project will comply with all environmental legislation, it is the Councillor’s job to advocate on behalf of the residents in regards to any issues that arise from this project.
|Kathleen de Leon
Advocate, advocate, advocate. If the proposed alternative route is not excepted, then, as Councillor, I will advocate for best possible outcomes to mitigate the impact the inland rail will have on home and business owners.
I understand and empathise with residents affected by the inland rail project. I live 3 houses away from the line and propose more investigation on issues such as:
• Coal Trains MUST use covered wagons;
• Placing a curfew on trains between certain hours;
• Building a noise barrier fence alongside the length of the line;
• Incorporating a passenger service into the project;
• Improving the roads and bridges in association with the project.