LOOK­ING FOR­WARD TO 2019

Our com­mu­nity lead­ers tell us what they want to see hap­pen for the re­gion this year

Gatton Star - - FRONT PAGE - Meg Bolton [email protected]­ton­star.com.au

PRO­GRES­SION should not cost the com­mu­nity qual­ity of life, ac­cord­ing to Lock­yer Val­ley Mayor Tanya Mil­li­gan.

This year, Cr Mil­li­gan will fo­cus on en­sur­ing the In­land Rail project is ben­e­fi­cial to the com­mu­nity, caus­ing as lit­tle dis­rup­tion as pos­si­ble.

“The In­land Rail and the Aus­tralian Rail Track Cor­po­ra­tion need to be ac­count­able to our com­mu­nity,” Cr Mil­li­gan said.

The project is planned to come through the Lock­yer Val­ley from Bal­lard in the west to Sum­mer­holm in the east.

It is planned the freight-only trains will be 3.6 kilo­me­tres long with two ship­ping con­tain­ers stacked on top of each other on ev­ery wagon.

Cr Mil­li­gan had pre­vi­ously crit­i­cised ARTC for their lack of trans­parency and col­lab­o­ra­tion with coun­cil.

While of­fi­cial dates were yet to be con­firmed, Cr Mil­li­gan said she would con­tinue to stand up for the com­mu­nity.

Next year, the coun­cil would also re­main on the path to pur­sue wa­ter se­cu­rity for the Lock­yer.

The topic had been heav­ily de­bated in re­cent months fol­low­ing a pro­posal to en­force new wa­ter al­lo­ca­tions and pric­ing.

Sev­eral com­mu­nity groups and mem­bers had voiced con­cerns about the po­ten­tially detri­men­tal af­fect of the pro­posal.

Cr Mil­li­gan said while there was a lot go­ing on in the re­gion, it was an “ex­cit­ing time”.

“I hope to con­tinue to lead a great group of peo­ple within our or­gan­i­sa­tion, to de­liver great out­comes for our great com­mu­nity,” the mayor said.

In 2019, Cr Mil­li­gan said coun­cil would con­tinue to en­gage with the Hat­ton Vale and Kens­ing­ton Grove com­mu­nity in a bid to fi­nalise plans for a re­gional park. The park fol­lows years of pub­lic de­mand for an out­door space.

PHOTO: CRAIG BACH­MANN PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

AMAZ­ING: Stun­ning colours at Crowley Vale.

PHOTO: MEG BOLTON

NEW YEAR: Mayor Tanya Mil­li­gan is look­ing for­ward to an­other year of com­mu­nity im­prove­ments.

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