O'Dowd calls for input of public

MEMBER for Flynn, Ken O’Dowd has called for wide spread public consultation in relation to the planning for stages two and three of the port access road.

Mr O’Dowd was commenting on a press release by the Federal Labor main roads minister issued in the week leading up to the Federal election and further comment by the Gladstone Ports Corporation on Thursday, September 30.

The people living adjacent to this proposed corridor have a right to know how they will be affected Mr. O’Dowd said.

“People are worried that their properties are either going to be resumed or be adversely affected by noise and pollution being created by the diversion of heavy vehicles past their homes. People were assured prior to the election that homes would not be lost or their lifestyle adversely affected by the proposed upgrades.

“What about the soccer fields?” Mr O’Dowd said. “Are they going to be affected? It seems to me their clubhouse will be mighty close to the new road.

“We have seen this type of lack of consultation before from the State and Federal Labor governments.

“Last Wednesday my office was told by Queensland main roads that the announcement of stages two and three where a surprise to them, and now the GPC are stating that they are moving ahead with the planning stages.

“Well, let’s get the people involved, let them know what their future holds and let’s see if there is a better plan.”



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