KINGAROY MINE: Concerns over rail line proposal
A PROPOSED Wondai coal rail line has South Burnett's community concerned.
A public meeting hosted by Kingaroy's Concerned Citizens Group (KCCG) in Wondai on Thursday will inform residents of the proposals.
KCCG spokesman John Dalton said no mine proposal has ever been knocked back and refused by the Queensland government.
"We're hoping to be the first, we believe we have a chance," Mr Dalton said.
Many people are not aware of the rail line, which will mostly align with the new recreational rail trail with deviations to the main streets of towns such as Kingaroy and Murgon, he said.
The meeting will allow residents to gain an understanding of the mine and the recent release of the rail line proposals by Moreton Resources ahead of the environmental impact statement.
The statement will be released by the mining company in April, giving the public 30 days to respond and voice their concerns to be considered by the Queensland government.
Installing a rail line for the coal mine raises health and environmental concerns for the surrounding community due to huge amounts of coal dust, according to the research KCCG has done.
The proposed rail line will include three rail crossings between Kingaroy, Murgon and the highway, interrupting local businesses and residents along the projected line, Mr Dalton said.
KCCG is also concerned the rail line will disrupt the rural residential area north of Wondai, and impact decisions of potential property owners.
"The biggest issue is the recreational rail trail, which has been used by lots of people to bring visitors to the area," he said.
It is not clear yet, whether Moreton Resources plans to replace the rail trail or sit the new coal rail line beside it, Mr Dalton said.
The meeting will give the community an opportunity to seriously consider the impacts of the mine, to fill out an environmental impact statement and specify what will impact them individually.
"We think the outcome we would like is that people will start to think about it. When troublesome things happen, people want to know," Mr Dalton said.