Greenbank to host next Inland Rail committee meeting

THE Australian Rail Track Coroporation have announced their next Inland Rail Community Consultative Committee meeting will be held on February 11 at Greenbank.

CONSULTATION: The next ARTC consultative committee meeting will be on February 11.

CONSULTATION: The next ARTC consultative committee meeting will be on February 11.

This follows the first meeting held at Crestmead on November 12 to address community concerns about the $9.3 billion freight project which will run 1700km connecting Melbourne to Acacia Ridge.

South Maclean resident Annie Rowe said there was strength in numbers and called on as many people as possible to attend the session at the Greenbank Community Centre from 6pm to 8pm.

“I think it would be an eye-opener for the general public to attend and see for themselves how hard it is to get questions raised and answered,” she said.

“A lot of people wouldn’t go to the Crestmead meeting because they lived in Flagstone or a different suburb, but the project runs all the way up to Acacia Ridge so it should not be so parochial.”

Projections show a peak of 45 train movements are expected to pass through the Scenic Rim and Logan region daily by 2040.

The project is designed to move freight from Melbourne to regional parts of the country in less than 24 hours and reduce the number of trucks on Australian highways.

However, Ms Rowe said the freight hub in Bromelton meant there would be more trucks congesting local roads including the Mount Lindesay Highway and Teviot Road.

The Australian Rail Track Corporation committee has 16 members and is chaired by former Scenic Rim mayor John Brent.