Cup clash averted by mayor and QR
THE Queensland Cup grand final in Ipswich has been saved from a crash tackle after track repairs were called off.
The threat to the rugby league showpiece was detected by Mayor Paul Pisasale who feared a repeat of 2008 when track work on the Ipswich rail line was arranged for Ipswich Cup Day.
The Queensland Rail website listed the Ipswich line would be closed from first train to 5pm on September 29 for overhead maintenance from Redbank to Rosewood.
Thousands are expected at the Queensland Cup grand final at North Ipswich Reserve that day; many would come by train.
Mayor Pisasale called Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson yesterday and the clash was averted.
"In all fairness, the track maintenance was scheduled a long time ago and the grand final announcement was only recently," Cr Pisasale said.
"It's good to know QR and the minister came to the party when they could have been party poopers. It's good to have a minister who's an Ipswich boy."
Mr Emerson said the regular maintenance was scheduled last year but it could be rescheduled.
"Due to the scheduling of the QRL grand final and the importance of this event to Ipswich, Queensland Rail has been able to reschedule the maintenance work on the Ipswich line," he said.
"Queensland Rail CEO Glen Dawe has confirmed the work can be postponed without cost."