PASSION: Cr David Pahlke and Ipswich commuter Lyndell Giansiracusa got behind the campaign to get the trains back running on weekends on the Ipswich-Rosewood rail line.
PASSION: Cr David Pahlke and Ipswich commuter Lyndell Giansiracusa got behind the campaign to get the trains back running on weekends on the Ipswich-Rosewood rail line. Contributed

Ipswich rallies and wins on rail line

THE INFLUENCE of a newspaper committed to the cause on behalf of its community cannot be underestimated.

That has proven to be the case with the Ipswich-Rosewood rail line now back operating on the weekends.

The QT will play our part in holding the State Government to account to ensure that continues into the future.

Ipswich West MP Jim Madden has said in today's newspaper that the commitment of acting QT editor Andrew Korner to the cause has given him great leverage in his discussions with Queensland Rail, Translink and Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe to get a positive result.

This is true, but it has been a team effort. Mr Madden, Cr David Pahlke and public transport advocate Robert Dow have led the charge with Ipswich residents adding their voice to the chorus of those who will not except second best for their city.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk stepped in after a visit to Rosewood to ensure the service is now back, and the inconvenience of the buses is no more.

The QT has been highly critical of QR and the Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe throughout a month of pain.

But that pain is hopefully over now. Rail travel is important to Ipswich people. The bureaucrats have come to understand that this city won't be shafted and will fight for a fair go.



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