Can­di­dates leave lo­cal coun­cil in the dark

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

LOCK­YER Val­ley Re­gional Coun­cil has a wish­list for the next federal gov­ern­ment, but just one Wright can­di­date has made the ef­fort to con­tact them.

Mayor Tanya Milligan said in­de­pen­dent can­di­date for Wright Innes Larkin was the only one to in­tro­duce him­self and fur­ther un­der­stand the pri­or­i­ties of the Lock­yer Val­ley.

Water, road safety, flood mit­i­ga­tion and mon­i­tor­ing in­fra­struc­ture projects are just a few of the pri­or­i­ties the coun­cil want ad­dressed by the next federal gov­ern­ment.

Kat­ter’s Aus­tralian Party can­di­date Matthew Tom­lin­son said he would make an ef­fort to con­tact the coun­cil be­fore the elec­tion, but hadn’t yet had the time.

Mr Tom­lin­son said he pri­ori­tised meet­ing with farm­ers and com­mu­nity mem­bers while cam­paign­ing and work­ing full-time, but the coun­cil would be his next stop.

Con­ser­va­tive Na­tional can­di­date Rod Smith said he didn’t in­tend to con­tact the coun­cil. He said they could con­tact him if they wished.

In the coun­cil’s wish­list, the coun­cil out­lined in­ten­tions to work with the federal gov­ern­ment to en­sure the Aus­tralian Rail Track Cor­po­ra­tion In­land Rail project was mon­i­tored.

“There are con­cerns and un­cer­tainty in the com­mu­nity over the pro­pos­als for planned align­ments,” the wish­list read.

The coun­cil urged the next federal gov­ern­ment to mon­i­tor im­pacts and com­pen­sate ac­cord­ingly.

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