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Government rejects
option 2

by Cameron Outridge

The Government will not proceed with the controversial Caboolture to Landsborough Rail Upgrade Option 2.

The second Option was vigorously opposed by Beerwah and Glass House residents as it would have seen agricultural and residential land resumed to allow for straightening of an upgraded rail corridor.  Member for Glass House Carolyn Male welcomed the decision.

“It is a victory for our local community and I would like to thank the Premier and the Minister for hearing the views of the local residents,” she said.  “The whole point of the consultation process is for people to have a say and Minister Bredhauer and Premier Beattie certainly listened.  “They did not back away from robust community d involvement at the end of the day means we have the right decision,” she said.

A relieved Div 2 Cr Councillor Anna Grosskreutz said Option 2 worked out to $30 million for each of the eight minutes saved on travel time and represented unnecessary extra spending of taxpayer money.   She paid tribute to the people who had stuck together to ensure Option 2 was not chosen.   “At a press statement released at the time it was acknowledged that there had been significant opposition by our community to Option 2,’’ Cr Grosskreutz said.  “With both the Council and community banding together as one on this issue, I am pleased the Government has backed down.

“It is now time for the Government to continue to look at the many and varied suggestions which came from our region in the consultation and protest phase.“Congratulations to all who helped bring Option 2 to it’s conclusion.  “Option 2 wasn’t an Option … Option 1 remains the one.  “The community stuck together like araldite on this issue and was prepared to continue to raise its profile at whatever the cost.   “I am pleased the Government Officials and Carolyn Male, left, toasts the end of Option 2 for the Caboolture to Landsborough rail upgrade with local residents. Politicians raised themselves to visit our region.

“If this had been ground-proofed before Option 2 was released it may have caused a rethink and saved Glass House Country people a lot of stress.  “Christmas for affected residents was probably a somber occasion as they wondered if this was to be their last Christmas in their family homes.   Many of whom were born there.”    Transport and Main Roads Minister Steve Bredhauer said the decision follows community consultation over several months late last year.

Mr Bredhauer said the task ahead for the Government now was to consider a range of constructive contributions made by the local community throughout the consultation period.   Mr Bredhauer said: “Community consultation was built into this process to ensure we made the decision that best reflected the needs and wishes of the local community.  “We acknowledge the significant opposition to Option 2.    A re-elected Beattie Government will therefore further investigate other suggestions made by the community around Option 1.

“The Local Member Carolyn Male made sure that she kept me informed regularly of the progress of the consultation and the residents’ issues and concerns.   It was at her invitation that both I and my Director-General met with affected property owners and toured the area so we could see the area for ourselves.

“Feedback during the consultation period was extensive, and residents have contributed a range of useful ideas, which will require a detailed examination and further consultation over coming months.   “On behalf of the Government, I would like to thank everyone who took part in the public consultation, either by attending meetings with Queensland Transport Officers or by written submission.

“Residents in the Caboolture Landsborough area have shown themselves to be very involved in shaping the future of their community, and for this they are to be commended,” Mr Bredhauer said.

Carolyn Male, left, toasts the end of Option 2 for the Caboolture to Landsborough rail upgrade with localresidents

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.