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IN­LAND RAIL

I WOULD just like to re­mind you of the in­ter­est­ing facts that were brought up at the in­land rail meet­ing with the deputy Prime Min­is­ter Michael McCor­mack on De­cem­ber 12 at the South­brook Hall.

Dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion given by Dr Rob Loch, who is one of the most ex­pe­ri­enced soil ero­sion sci­en­tists in Aus­tralia, and who has car­ried out an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the soils of the cho­sen routes, and he stated that the pro­posed rail line “pre­ferred route” po­si­tion­ing is fraught with prob­lems to the farm­ers.

This is due to the 16 kilo­me­tres across the flood­plain and the fact that the wa­ter is go­ing to be chan­nelled in some way be­tween the solid sec­tions or piers of the rail line and that over­time this will cause ero­sion and will only be ex­ag­ger­ated as time pro­gresses and will cause wet ar­eas and dry spots mak­ing what is now prime farm­land de­te­ri­o­rate slowly but surely.

He also stated that the soil of the “pre­ferred route” is not good for build­ing such a line as it will shift and cause ei­ther the track or sup­ports to fail. This may not be in the im­me­di­ate fu­ture, but in time it will def­i­nitely fail be­cause the soils, sub­soils and the weather are not con­ducive to a heavy en­gi­neer­ing pro­ject without a huge amount of ground­works and a fail­ure is cer­tain and ex­pen­sive re­pairs or a re­think of the route will be re­quired.

One of his fi­nal points that he stated was that the orig­i­nal “base case” for the train track was on much firmer ground for build­ing the pro­ject as has been proven with the lack of fail­ures of the present rail line and would be a much more stable op­tion for a long last­ing rail line which is why it was prob­a­bly orig­i­nally cho­sen.

I think these points that have been high­lighted by some­one with as much ex­pe­ri­ence as Dr Rob Loch in the area of soil ero­sion, should be lis­tened to and ap­pre­ci­ated by the gov­ern­ment and the en­gi­neers of the ARTC and they should take it as free ad­vice for them to re­con­sider the po­si­tion of the track be­fore they make them­selves

BI­BLE THOUGHT

“Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13 AKJV) Je­sus gave His life for us so that we could have eter­nal life. Thank you, Je­sus. look very fool­ish and leave them­selves open to lit­i­ga­tion should the track fail as has been pre­dicted by an ex­pert and cause ex­pen­sive re­pair bills and holdups to oc­cur down the line.

I just don’t want to see the ARTC and lo­cal gov­ern­ment to end up with egg on their faces after spend­ing what will be hun­dreds of mil­lions driv­ing a track across soft shift­ing sub­soils. PAUL CLAPHAM, South­brook

SMALL HOPE

THE Sun­day (6/1/19) news­pa­per gives lit­tle hope for any­one. Pae­dophilia and ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity were cov­ered up in the churches for at least 80 years.

Re­cently churches have been fi­nan­cially bro­ken as a re­sult. Bad bank­ing prac­tices have yet to he rec­ti­fied, and only a few were charged from the Fitzger­ald In­quiry. Since then drug use has es­ca­lated to dy­namic pro­por­tions.

The ATO and banks have used in- ter­net as­sis­tance to over­charge and over­tax peo­ple by ac­cess­ing sav­ings and bank state­ments. Our po­lice have burned out due to man­age­ment con­trols and lim­ited per­son­nel to re­lieve those stood down due to men­tal is­sues and PTSD. Dis­graced Com­mis­sioner Terry Lewis suf­fered crit­i­cism, how­ever, ca­ma­raderie was higher than at any other time.

There were enough po­lice to do the work without be­ing stressed out.

Now com­put­ers are squeez­ing more out of work­ers, tax­pay­ers and bor­row­ers. The hap­pi­est of all gov­ern­ment work­ers are politi­cians who do less work and have big salaries. Politi­cians’ pay should be cut un­til they get their act to­gether and do some mean­ing­ful work to fix the cur­rent prob­lems.

JAY NAUSS, Glen Aplin

THINK BE­FORE VOT­ING

WITH a fed­eral elec­tion in 2019, we need to se­ri­ously con­sider if we really need, or are we go­ing to ac­cept the dam­age that a La­bor Gov­ern­ment, if elected, will do as per Bill Shorten’s prom­ises. He re­cently gave his agenda that will af­fect all se­niors on low in­come and that’s most pen­sion­ers, self-funded su­per funds, in fact all per­sons with su­per.

We are re­fer­ring to his pro­posal to stop the re­fund of frank­ing cred­its. This will, when im­ple­mented, cut the in­come of all those men­tioned above. Frank­ing cred­its are the re­fund of the tax al­ready paid by a com­pany, cur­rently re­turned to those to whom it is owed.

It is pro­posed to be ef­fec­tive from July 1, 2019, so if it is im­ple­mented we’ll see our last re­fund. This will af­fect the re­tire­ment plan­ning and life­style of most.

If en­acted it will amount to a dou­ble tax on the money. The com­pany has paid it and the would-be re­cip­i­ents will be de­nied what is legally theirs.

The cur­rent gov­ern­ment has faults for sure, but is by far the bet­ter pick to run Aus­tralia for the next three years.

Think be­fore we vote, as ev­ery vote will count or else cost us. Re­mem­ber Qld.

RAY HARCH, Toowoomba

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