Al­ter­nate con­nec­tiv­ity needed

Gatton Star - - LIFE -

AUS­TRALIAN Rail Track Cor­po­ra­tion chair War­ren Truss has had a first-hand look at the Lock­yer Val­ley and project progress.

In Gat­ton last week, Mr Truss met with Lock­yer Val­ley Re­gional coun­cil­lor Jan­ice Hol­stein to pro­vide an up­date on the project, in­clud­ing the new In­land Rail of­fice in Gat­ton.

He was ac­com­pa­nied by In­land Rail direc­tor of en­gage­ment, en­vi­ron­ment and prop­erty Re­becca Pick­er­ing, who said the of­fice would be opened shortly.

“Our fo­cus now is find­ing out how res­i­dents use lo­cal roads for stock and ma­chin­ery move­ments as well as daily com­mutes,” she said.

She said In­land Rail had de­ployed peo­ple in the field to work on hy­drol­ogy, flora and fauna, geotech­ni­cal stud­ies and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment.

Mayor Tanya Mil­li­gan said the coun­cil ap­pre­ci­ated the op­por­tu­nity to take its con­cerns di­rectly to the ARTC chair but would re­main stead­fast on its com­mit­ment to see Daveys Bridge up­graded.

“The In­land Rail project is go­ing to have a detri­men­tal im­pact on con­nec­tiv­ity through­out the Lock­yer Val­ley,” she said.

“ARTC put four op­tions on the ta­ble in re­la­tion to road con­nec­tiv­ity through Gat­ton, all of which coun­cil dis­agrees with. We are de­vel­op­ing an al­ter­nate pro­posal, which in­cludes up­grade or re­place­ment of Daveys Bridge.”

Cr Mil­li­gan said the coun­cil had con­cerns about the con­nec­tiv­ity is­sues since the In­land Rail’s first pro­posal.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

MEET­ING: Re­becca Pick­er­ing, War­ren Truss and Jan­ice Hol­stein.

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