Alternate connectivity needed
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.
MEETING: Rebecca Pickering, Warren Truss and Janice Holstein.