Polluted floodwater in BHP Billiton mines in the Bowen Basin in Queensland. Image of Ensham. Greenpeace/B.Cerise.
Polluted floodwater in BHP Billiton mines in the Bowen Basin in Queensland. Image of Ensham. Greenpeace/B.Cerise.

Fears proposed rail lines could impact flood plains

A PARLIAMENTARY inquiry will today hear claims rail lines to Abbot Point could change flood plains.

The inquiry, which today will hear from groups opposing the plan, will focus on how to facilitate new rail lines between the Galilee Basin and the Abbot Point Port.

Landholder Stephen Lund, whose property falls inside the development area, will tell the hearing he is concerned proposed rail lines will change water flow and flood plains.

The government received 22 submissions on the declaration and will this time hear from anti-mining and conservation groups as well as farmers facing impacts from the proposed rail line.

The parliament received submissions from Adani Mining and Hancock Coal Infrastructure supporting the proposal; however, this hearing will hear only from those opposing the declaration and the State Development Department.

Adani said it "strongly supports Queensland Government initiative in opening up the Galilee Basin", while Hancock said the declaration was "imperative" to its operations in the region.

Mr Lund's submission stated the rail line, and compulsory acquisitions, would negatively affect the value of his land and surrounding properties.

"The associated rail lines will negatively impact landholders in the region by bisection properties, interrupting cattle movement, changing surface water flow, affecting flood plains and degrading the natural value of the land," he wrote.

He requested alternative routes be considered and provision of a sunset clause.

The hearing will commence at 9.20am this morning at Parliament House.

-APN Newsdesk



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