Logan mayor Darren Power blasts Inland Rail project after City Infrastructure Committee meeting with Australian Rail Track Corporation representatives

Grilling: Councillors met with Australian Rail Track Corporation representatives this week to discuss the controversial Inland Rail route through parts of Logan.
Grilling: Councillors met with Australian Rail Track Corporation representatives this week to discuss the controversial Inland Rail route through parts of Logan.

Logan mayor Darren Power has labelled a meeting with Inland Rail project executives a waste of time, saying they did not answer questions.

He said council had sought answers on issues like noise, vibration and the potential for derailment with the $9.3 billion project which goes through parts of Jimboomba's divisions.

Cr Power said the ARTC representatives were trying to pull the wool over councillors' eyes after a city infrastructure committee meeting this week.

The committee spent two hours grilling representatives about the line, with train noise, vibrations, number of engines and risk of derailment discussed.

Cr Power said he was not happy with the answers the representatives provided.

"They didn't answer any of the questions," he said. "They just said they hadn't done the work. It was a waste of time.

"I was pretty disturbed they could not address the issues with vibrations, particularly with the double freight trucks."

Cr Power objected to the proposed route, which would go through some of the most heavily populated areas of western Logan in the Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton section.

It will also go through parts of the Scenic Rim.

Coal trains running nearby would have a negative impact on residents, Cr Power said.

"These people have worked hard for their money," he said. "Their houses are going to devalue overnight."

An ARTC spokesman refuted Cr Power's claims that the answers provided were not satisfactory.

Study into the noise, air quality and vibration affecting nearby residents was still taking place.

"A number of questions at the meeting were either outside the scope of the Inland Rail project or related to studies that were not yet finalised," the spokesman said.

Councillors Scott Bannan and Natalie Willcocks, who represent the divisions the line will run through, were vocal at the meeting.

Speaking afterwards, Cr Bannan, who represents Division 9, said he was a long-term detractor of the project.

"I have been against it since I first heard about it, while running for state, in 2017," the committee's deputy chair said.

"We object to the whole principal of it. It shouldn't be coming here. It will have a massive impact on residents. We have disagreed from the start."

Cr Willcocks said Logan would not benefit from the project.

"It's not an enhancement of Logan, it's a detriment to Logan," she said. "It's got no stops for us, it's just coming through. There is a very limited benefit for Logan."

The spokesman said the company was happy to work with the council on the project.

"We look forward to continuing to work with the Logan City Council and the local community on the Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton section of Inland Rail," the spokesman said.

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