Buchholz calls for Inland Rail Environmental Impact Statement
Monday, 18 February 2019
Federal Member for Wright, Scott Buchholz has today gone into battle for tens of thousands of residents in the Scenic Rim and Logan who will be impacted by the Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton section of the Inland Rail Project.
“As Federal Member for Wright, I’m today calling for the Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton section of the Inland Rail project to be declared a coordinated project by the Coordinator-General, Mr Buchholz said.
“I have met and listened to local residents over the past few months regarding the potential impact of Inland Rail through the Scenic Rim and Logan and I believe an Environmental Impact Statement will give an open and honest process to report of the potential impact of Inland Rail”.
Mr Buchholz said the declaration of a coordinated project by the State Government Coordinator-General will ensure the project goes through a stringent 12-18 month planning and environmental investigation process regarding the potential impacts from the project.
“If this project is declared, ARTC will then be required to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the section of the project between Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton.
“An EIS is a legislative process which will control the outcomes in regard to the impacts if the project proves to be feasible and provide an opportunity for concerned locals to have their say in a constructive and informed manner”
“When completed, the conditions of the EIS will act as the community’s rules for the delivery of the project which includes the construction and operation of the rail line over its life”.
“It is an important step in the project and I encourage all residents to play and involved and constructive role in the EIS.