Inland Rail link continues to frustrate
A 1,700 km freight rail link from Melbourne to Brisbane has been heavily criticised for its need to build new corridors across farmland and floodplains in Queensland.
Locals say that the proposed route is a bad idea as it threatens businesses and properties and runs a major freight rail corridor through large expanses of land known to flood.
Flooding can be quick and widespread as recent rain has highlighted and mapping used by the ARTC for the project proposal is said to have been out of date.
A Senate Inquiry into the project has been established and is currently hearing all opinions on the work scheduled to be completed by 2025.
“It’s nice that rural Australia is getting more heavy rail investment but to run the line through floodplains is clearly not the brightest idea,” said RTBU NSW Loco Division Secretary Bob Hayden.