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PLEASE HELP US - INLAND RAIL TO DESTROY OUR HOME
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Hi so we took a photo of the family for a newspaper piece on
Inland Rail and how it is going to affect our lives and business
so I suppose it's the right time to give everyone an update.
Inland Rail have released the Draft Environmental Impact Study on
the Border to Gowrie leg of the Inland Rail. The
design puts a level crossing over the Millmerran Rd at our
driveway. Apart from the noise of having a double stacked
freight train 600m from our house, this is a dangerous design and
represents a corporation trying to save money by bulldozing
farmland so they don't have to clear their own scrub. They
have admitted to having a management edict to target farm-land
because it's cheaper to force farmers to sell than to do the
earthworks through the scrub.
The below image depicts the path they have chosen instead of
going through the scrub north of Woodspring for cost reasons, or
the Goondiwindi Regional Council preferred route (rejected for
cost reasons) of going through the forestry even further west.
Inland Rail Will
the rail goes through the way it has been designed/released in
the draft EIS
- According to the
Inland Rail Environment Impact Study alarm clock sound
pressure levels will be INSIDE the house for six minutes per
hour EVERY hour 24x7 - up to 40 3.6km long double stacked
trains per day blowing their air horn at the level crossing
next to our home where we home-school, I work from my office
and we raise your beef!
- The level
crossing will be close to the house resulting in heavy
trucks having to start and stop. This is against the
National Rail Safety Regulator who says that there are no
safe level crossings and that they should not be used in new
- We will be forced
to move, and Inland Rail refuses to accept liability for the
unlivability of the property and therefore claims to owe us
nothing so we would not be able to setup elsewhere as we
would have no money to do so.
only are we being reduced to a dollar sign, but we are not being
given the choice to pay it as obvious alternatives are available
through scrub land at minor cost increase to the already
14billion dollar project.
We haven't given up. We're putting in a response to the EIS
and so is the department of Transport and Main Roads (level
crossings are crazy!) and so is the Goondiwindi Regional Council,
but if we are ignored and the Coordinator General rubber stamps
this, we are goners. We are trying to apply political
pressure through ads and elected representatives to get an
agreement to move the rail line off the current position before
"it all just happens" and we are facing decimation of
our whole lives' investment. Anyone who has been here knows
my passion for my paddocks, the time, effort and money poured
into our soils, processes and farm.
this however you can. Make an EIS submission. Ring
your local member and tell them that it's just not on. Ring
a radio station? I don't know and we're starting to get a
little desperate. Maybe someone is in a position to
help. We are literally at the mercy of a corporation with
an edict to save every dollar they can at the expense of every
day people and backed by our own government. Thank
you. However you can help WILL make a difference.
add your own address and any concerns you have and email to [email protected]
to be received on or before the 19th April
The text below is some suggestions of what might be of concern to
Dear Co-ordinator General,
My name is
and my address is
I have the following concerns regarding the draft environmental
impact statement for Inland Rail.
ARTC admits residences within 1km of the rail may experience
noise at night above 49dB (Chapter 14 page 35 draft EIS) The
evidence for increased rates of hypertension and myocardial infarction
is strong when maximum night noise is above 50dB (Night Noise
Guideline for Europe, WHO, 2009) with other long term effects
likely but not yet proven. I believe it should be a condition of
the EIS that every residence within 1km of the rail is offered
sound mitigation including where possible (but not limited to)
rail dampers, track lubrication, noise barriers, earth mounds,
insulation, double glazed windows and air conditioners or any
combination of these that will bring the night noise below a LAmax
of 49. This should be at the proponents expense, and built by the
proponent or its contractors prior to the Border to Gowie section
of Inland Rail becoming operational.
The Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator and Queensland
Transport and Main Roads both have policies of no new level
crossings due to the severity of potential high speed train/heavy
vehicle crashes. There are over 600 near misses yearly, and were
40 collisions between trains and road vehicles in 2017-2019, many
resulting in fatalities. For this reason, I believe the EIS
should be conditional upon no new level crossings being built
over state or council roads.