Members of the Landsborough Sub-Committee made an important trip to State Parliament last Wednesday with State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle to discuss the contentious issue of a proposed Rail Overpass in Landsborough with Mark Bailey, the Minister for Transport and Main Roads.
Mr McArdle said that while last week’s meeting with the Minister was preliminary only - with many more expected in the future – the discussion would give the community a bit more clarity surrounding the project.
“Firstly, I would like to thank the members of the committee who came down to the meeting with Mr Bailey,” Mr McArdle said.
“The Minister was open and frank during our discussions, and there were a few important take away points from the meeting:
“It is now certain that the overpass at Landsborough will go ahead and the State Government will be closing the level crossing at the rail line.
“However, we have some way to go before any shovel breaks ground on this project.
“Members of the committee who attended the meeting questioned the Minister about community input and Mr Bailey made it clear that nothing would be finalised without community consultation taking place. It is also important to note the current proposal is only a ‘reference plan’ and costing and a specific timeline are not yet complete.
“It is likely at this stage that two or more construction companies will compete for tender which means Landsborough will be given the best opportunity for the best outcome.
“The sub-committee was formed under the umbrella of the Glasshouse Country Chamber of Commerce after the Labor Government announce a possible overpass at Landsborough in 2016.
“The residents and business owners who make up this committee are strong members of the community, committed to ensuring everyone has a fair say and they will remain active for the foreseeable future.
“For those interested in being directly involved, I would encourage you to join the Glasshouse Country Chamber of Commerce and immerse yourself in the Committee.
“However, I will continue to keep the greater Landsborough community informed of all progress on this project.”
To be added to Landsborough Rail Overpass Community emailing list, please send your details Caloundra@parliament.qld.gov.au. For more information about joining the Glasshouse Country Chamber of Commerce and the Landsborough Sub Committee please visit http://www.glasshousecountrychamber.com.au/
For further information contact: Media Unit, Office of Mark McArdle, 0438 449 243.