The management of the Inland Rail project – which threatens to have negative
consequences for residents in the City of Logan – is the subject of a Senate inquiry
public hearing today in Brisbane.
Mayor Darren Power will represent the local community’s views on the project when
he speaks at 2.45pm.
Today’s hearing is due to begin at 11.45am and audio can be streamed here.
The program for today’s hearing is available here.
A Federal Government-owned entity, the Australian Rail Track Corporation
(ARTC), is delivering the proposed freight connection between Brisbane and
The Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton (K2ARB) section runs through the
western side of the City of Logan on the existing interstate rail line.
It is expected that longer trains and double-stacked carriages will be used on
the route, with the frequency of services rising from approximately eight trains
a day to up to 45 by 2040.
The local section of Inland Rail is currently in the design stages, but the rail
line will be lowered and additional passing loops will be created.
Along with local residents, Council has regularly raised concerns about the
impacts of noise, vibration and air quality on the community.
The trains are expected to operate 24 hours a day and are likely to carry coal
in the future.
By 2041, 17,000 Logan residents are anticipated to live within 500m either
side of the K2ARB route, while 38,000 residents will be within 1km.
Council does not have a role in the approvals for Inland Rail, nor has the
K2ARB section yet been declared a coordinated project by the Queensland
Quotes from Cr Power:
“We know that many landowners who purchased their properties in this area did not
anticipate the increased size and frequency of trains, with the substantial increase in
capacity threatening to disrupt the everyday life of residents in Logan.
“Council does not have a role in the approvals for Inland Rail, and it is still not confirmed whether the K2ARB section will be declared as a coordinated project.
“We are greatly concerned that the interests of Logan residents are not being
adequately considered by the decision makers.
“We have made our concerns clear in meetings and correspondence with Federal Government Ministers and Local Members and the ARTC, as well as in a submission to a Senate inquiry into the project.
“We will continue to raise these issues on the community’s behalf until we are
satisfied that decision makers are genuinely considering the impacts to quality of life
of existing and future Logan residents living within the Inland Rail route corridor.”