Inland Rail to host Scenic Rim information sessions

CONCERNS: Scenic Rim residents worried about the impact of the inland rail project can access environmental findings at information sessions this week.
CONCERNS: Scenic Rim residents worried about the impact of the inland rail project can access environmental findings at information sessions this week.

THE Inland Rail Calvert to Kagaru project team has announced it will share findings from their environmental investigations at a series of interactive community consultation sessions for Scenic Rim residents this week.

The first session will take place tonight at The Centre Beaudesert from 4pm to 7pm.

This comes after Logan and Scenic Rim residents gave the project a frosty reception when attending Algester Sports Club for answers on potential noise, environmental and economic impacts of the Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton section of the project on May 14.

The room was packed and a show of hands revealed only a handful were supportive of the project. ARTC representative Kerrin Roberts told the committee they were awaiting the coordinator general's decision on whether the project would require an Environmental Impact Statement.

Mount Barney resident Innes Larkin, who was the independent candidate in last week's federal election, said he was pushing for an inquiry into the business case and route of the project.

"This is truly poor public planning which places an unfair burden on the people living along the planned route, exposing tens of thousands of residents in heavily populated areas (that are also projected to grow threefold) to inappropriate impacts like coal dust, excessive noise, vibrations in their homes and diesel fumes," he said.

"This is not a fair or just outcome for people who have chosen a rural lifestyle for all the right reasons."

Project manager Mr Long Vo said this week's sessions will allow people to have one-on-one discussions about the issues that matter most to them.

"We are inviting the community to come and ask any questions they have about the project. The team will cover several key areas such as air quality, noise and vibration, flora and fauna, flood modelling, social impact, land use, property and acquisition," Mr Vo said.

"For people who can't join us on the day, Inland Rail has released an updated interactive online map to show the most recent proposed alignment from Calvert to Kagaru. People are welcome to add questions or comments on the map and we will respond to those enquiries," he said.

"The information we have been gathering will be fed into the design process as we continue to work with local councils, government agencies, emergency services and local communities to ensure the optimal design."

The Scenic Rim community consultative committee is also meeting next week at Peak Crossing Hall in Peak Crossing between 6pm and 8pm on Thursday .

Scenic Rim community consultative committee chair Kathy Baburin urged residents to reach out to committee members and have their views shared.

"Community members that are unable to attend the consultation sessions and not familiar with the online map, can contact Scenic Rim Committee members to put forward questions for the committee meetings," Ms Baburin said. "

"Your feedback is important to ensure the best outcome for the community. Please contact committee members via the Inland Rail website." she said.

Community members are invited to provide their feedback via the interactive map at artc.mysocialpinpoint.com.au, Inland Rail website inlandrail.artc.com.au/C2K or by visiting one of the following information stand locations:

  • The Centre, Beaudesert, May 21, 4pm-7pm
  • Rosewood Community Hall, May 22, 4pm-7pm
  • Peak Crossing Hall, May 23, 2pm-4pm
  • Purga Community Hall, May 24, 4pm-7pm
  • Peak Crossing Hall, May 25, 9am-12pm