Julie still waits for the boom gates which would have saved her father's life

By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au

DESPITE three years of campaigning, budget deliberations and plenty of promises, Julie Marshall is still waiting for the boom gates that would have saved her father's life.

Mrs Marshall's father Joe Rogers was killed three years ago yesterday when his car was struck by a train at the Witney Street rail crossing, sparking a call for boom gates to be installed at the site to prevent a re-occurrence.

But a combination of buck passing and red tape has meant the wait is still not over for Mrs Marshall.

'I thought when I went to put flowers at the spot this year, three years on, it (the crossing) would have been fixed, but it's not,' Mrs Marshall said.

Gladstone City Council approved boom gates at the site last June, a decision that was praised by Mrs Marshall at the time.

However since then the council has waited for Queensland Rail to finalise plans.

In a letter to the council, Queensland Rail manager for regional projects Peter Kotkin-Smith said design work had been completed and materials ordered in March ? nine months after the boom gates were approved.

The letter also stated that the materials may not arrive until October this year.

'We will attempt to have the boom gates installed this year,'Mr Kotkin-Smith said in the letter.

The council will also have to apply for another $35,000 for the boom gates during July's 2005/06 budget deliberations. It discovered the $120,000 it originally budgeted for would not be enough.

After discovering the boom gates would cost more than the original estimate the council had asked Queensland Rail to make up the short fall, a request which was denied.



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