Logan and Albert Conservation members are working with the NO PRC group to oppose the GATEWAY extension extension - aka Park Ridge Connector Road / freight tollway.
Our allied groups are totally opposed to the mislabelled viable corridor and LACA as a participant in the CSRG Community Stakeholder Reference Group have opposed the idea of viability of any corridor that proposes to separate or transect regional biodiversity corridors and large areas of wildlife habitat currently under the stewardship of landowners who value that habitat for both wildlife and human species. Click on image to go to story.
We are extremely disappointed that this has happened before our long requested meeting with Mr Emerson takes place. This has been arranged for a time between sessions at parliament next week.
The Logan West Leader3 July, has an article about the Minister's decision on page 2. It is similar to the article in last week's Logan Albert News (with the same photo) but with a few new interesting details:
"A DEFINITE route for the contentious road corridor from Browns Plains to Park Ridge will be finalised within the month." Phil Pidgeon has stood firm, labelling the consultation process a 'sham' and calling for a new consultation process. Emerson has said, "I've made a decision that the corridor needs to go ahead" and, "I'll be taking some final advice on the final alignment, particularly at both the Logan Motorway and Granger Rd ends."
The poor designs of interchanges on Mt Lindesay Highway at Browns Plains and the Logan Motorway exchange from Wembley Road result in traffic congestion now. Adding another interchange somewhere on Wembley Road will be challenging.
NO VIABLE CORRIDOR FOR THE PARK RIDGE CONNECTOR ROAD
The following is part of LACA's submission to DTMR to object to both the decision to construct a six lane freight motorway impacting on significant wtland areas and also the method of "consultation" used to validate their decision.
LACA does not believe there is a viable corridor for the Park Ridge Connector Road because there are existing communities and environmental assets in the area proposed for the corridor. LACA has stated this position clearly since the beginning of the CSRG process and has continued to communicate this position at all times.
LACA is extremely concerned that the significant environmental issues are being ignored by Main Roads, despite LACA's ongoing communication of our environmental concerns since the beginning of the Community Stakeholder Reference Group or CSRG process. LACA has been particularly concerned that the biodiversity hotspot of Jerry's Downfall Reserve-Flesser Reserve continues to be targeted for an infrastructure corridor, when it is such a significant biodiversity area and bioregional corridor. LACA has also continued to voice its concern for the northern bioregional corridor of Karawatha – Greenbank-Flinders Peak ,Berrinba Wetlands and Scrubby Creek.
LACA believes that this consultation process has been deficient and members of the CSRG have communicated their concerns that they felt like they were being lead by Main Roads throughout the CSRG process. LACA is also very unhappy at the short consultation time frame given to the general community to peruse the EAIR document - ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AND INVESTIGATION REPORT - and supporting evidence. LACA has continued to request an extension of time to this consultation from the beginning of the public display period