Move Wulkuraka rail depot to Redbank, say angry residents
RESIDENTS living around the site of a Wulkuraka train maintenance depot want the proposed facility moved to Redbank rail yards instead of it being built in their backyard.
The site on Ada St is expected to become a maintenance facility for 75 new Queensland Rail trains.
The Newman Government budgeted $110 million for the project to be spent this financial year.
But neighbours feel their written submissions outlining their concerns went unheard during an inadequate consultation period.
Representatives from more than 20 local families met for a public meeting to discuss the planned facility last week.
Resident Charlie Greensmith said he wanted answers as to why the site was chosen and an explanation of the technicalities of development from members of the project team.
He was disappointed Ipswich West MP Sean Choat could not attend due to parliamentary commitments.
Mr Greensmith said it was yet to be explained to the residents why Wulkuraka was chosen for the site when the workforce at the Redbank railway workshops was shrinking as Aurizon began to move their workforce to Rockhampton.
"Essentially we are not even that concerned about it actually going in there. What we are concerned about is being told by the group that are doing the job that we have had the consultation," he said.
"I know the only consultation that took place were two people who arrived at the rail station twice."
Ipswich West MP Sean Choat said the Redbank workshops were not a suitable location because the majority of the site is owned by rail freight company Aurizon.
"The major thing is this is a very specific, single-purpose facility that has to be built from scratch," he said.
"There were 34 possible sites and Wulkuraka was chosen the second time."
The Ada St site was also chosen by the former Bligh Government as the location for the facility, Mr Choat said.
He said the likelihood of members from the project team attending a public meeting to answer questions from the public was slim.
He said he would continue to work with the community and listen to their concerns regarding noise and how the facility might affect the community.
Mr Choat will hold a meeting at Brassall to hear the concerns.