Council to partially shut road

RAIL infrastructure running through Mt Larcom, current and future, has led to the need to close part of The Narrows Road and other nearby roads.

Queensland Rail (QR) has written to Gladstone Regional Council advising of its intention to acquire additional land for a rail corridor in the triplication of the North Coast Line to cater for increased coal train capacity.

QR has made an application for a permanent road closure in the vicinity of the Gladstone-Mt Larcom Road and The Narrows Road, Mt Larcom.

The state government-owned service requested comment from council whether these closures would impact on any of council’s current or planned infrastructure in the area.

Council did not object to the proposal.

Gladstone-Mt Larcom Road is a state-owned road managed by the Department of Transport and Main Roads and as such QR needs to seek their comments.

Segment JJ, an unnamed road reserve off The Narrows Road, is owned by Gladstone Regional Council and has no constructed road asset.

Council Infrastructure Services director Ross Paroz said the road actually finished further down.

“I don’t see any issue in closing the road,” Mr Paroz said.

Adjacent properties all have frontage to The Narrows Road and so this segment of unnamed road reserve is not required for legal access to any land parcel. The council has no other infrastructure assets in any of these locations.

A council report stated there was no perceived community loss as the closed section of road will become a transport (rail) corridor.

“It is noted that there is a short segment of the road reserve remaining between The Narrows Road and the segment that is to be closed,” it said.

A check of the ownership of adjacent parcels of land revealed the northern parcel is in the name of Lintpark Pty Ltd and the small parcel on the southern side is in the name of the Minister for Industrial Development.

“As the adjoining southern parcel is owned by the state it is recommended that this remaining segment also be closed and amalgamated into one lot as it appears to be part of the rail corridor property,” the report said.

“It makes sense to me to include that sliver of road,” Cr Craig Butler said.

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