State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle has said that despite coming up against a number of delays he will continue to push the Government to listen to community concerns about a proposed rail overpass in Landsborough.
It comes as planned meetings with the Department and a follow-up community forum have been continually delayed due to unexpected changes in important contacts as well as the recent Transport Minister shuffle.
“Late last year we were moving quickly on this issue but recently I became concerned that things were beginning to drag, and it was in no small part due to the uncertainty of the Transport portfolio.” Mr McArdle said.
“In February I made contact with Deputy Premier Jackie Trad to ensure that the matter had not been ‘lost in transit’.” Mr McArdle said.
“I have received a letter on 6 March 2017 from the Minister acknowledging that correspondence had been received and advising the next stage for community consultation” Mr McArdle said
“I am advised that, as discussed at your meeting on 9 November 2016 with Mr David Quinn, Chief Executive Officer of Building Queensland and Mr Andrew Powell MP, Member for Glasshouse, only a high-level reference design has been prepared at part of the B2N business case at this stage.” The letter read
“Feedback received on the reference design during the October 2016 community consultation period has been incorporated into the consultation report that accompanies the business case, which will be considered by the government in 2017. If approved to proceed, this feedback will also be considered in future stages of the project. It is expected that future stages will include further consultation with the local community to inform that detailed design for construction.” The letter concluded.
To add to the setbacks, in February Mr McArdle was informed that the key contact at Building Queensland Acting CEO David Quinn who has been preparing the ground work for the government to decide if the project would proceed had been replaced by permanent CEO Damian Gould.
“I understand the community’s concerns as we now bring this well debated issue to new ears.” Mr McArdle said.
“I have asked for a meeting with Mr Gould and will keep all informed followed by a public meeting.”
Concerned residents of Landsborough and surrounds can submit their concerns and sign up to received email updates about the proposed rail overpass from Mr McArdle by completing an online form at www.markmcardlemp.com and follow the links to “current projects”