Landsborough forum gives community a voice on rail overpass proposal: McArdle

Close to 300 people packed the Landsborough Hall Tuesday morning to have their say on the State Government’s proposed Landsborough Rail Overpass and the impact it could have on homes and businesses. 

The forum, hosted by Caloundra MP Mark McArdle and Glass House MP Andrew Powell comes as local residents have expressed concerns over the State Government’s mixed messaging about the proposal. 

Mr McArdle said “Inconsistent messaging, coupled with a very short community consultation period has left many hinterland residents feeling fearful and overlooked.”

“I was approached by many business owners and residents wanting a say in the future of their town. That is why the meeting was called.’ Mr McArdle said.  

“These types of changes have considerable impact on a town such as Landsborough and the community has every right to have their views heard.” Mr McArdle said

“Everyone’s opinion on this proposal is valuable. Thank you to all who took the time to add their voice this important conversation.” Mr McArdle said

“We want to work with the government to get a win-win solution but if the government does not come to the party and acts alone the people of this community will quickly turn on it.” 

Attendees were asked to complete feedback forms detailing their questions and suggestions which will be collated and presented to the Department of Transport and Main Roads and Building Queensland. 

Mr McArdle said his next course of action will be to set up another public meeting with the Department and other project managers in attendance in the New Year.  

“This proposal stage for the overpass is not yet over therefore the community discussions are also not over.” Mr McArdle said.  

The State Government held three community consultation sessions over two weeks in October, recording feedback from just 130 local residents. 

It’s estimated more than 8000 people live in Landsborough and Glass House Mountains. 

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For further information contact: Office of Mark McArdle, 5329 4100.