LOGAN City Councillor Hajnal Ban has moved to douse excitement over the proposed Greater Flagstone super city, saying millions need to be spent on infrastructure before the first home sites can go on the market.
The councillor said any moves to fast track development at the site without providing major transport upgrades would have severe impacts on residents. The State Government earlier this year rejected a costly proposal to introduce passenger rail services on the interstate freight line which runs through Flagstone.
Cr Ban believes they now have to look at reassessing that proposal, as well as making major improvements to road arteries such as Cusack Lane and Teviot Rd.
"In order to get it going they (State Government) have got to pull their weight and commit to funding some infrastructure," she said. "And rail is going to be the key to Greater Flagstone. The interstate rail line is there, the corridor is there. What needs to occur is that a passenger line needs to go through."
The plan has also failed to impress conservation groups who railed against the idea after last week's announcement.
What is TRAIN? It is an acronym standing for TRANS REGIONAL AMALGAMATED INFRASTRUCTURE NETWORK and the project is termed Nation Building Australia Project 1.0 TRAIN. Information about this business network is available on the website http://www.nationbuildingaustralia.com.au/root/index.html
TRAIN is a network of road, rail and water infrastructure servicing the Great South West, an area covering approximately 197,710 ha of regional Australia. The Great South West stretches south for 377km from Logan in Southern Queensland to Coffs Harbour in northern New South Wales, and 189km west from Warwick in southern Queensland to Lismore in Northern New South Wales.
The August 2009 document claims TRAIN CREATES REGIONAL JOBS AND GROWTH that will unlock the productive potential of the constrained primary industries in northern New South Wales and southern Queensland - create new industry and business opportunities in southern Queensland and northern New South Wales - open the Bromelton State Development Area's 16,000 ha of employment generating land with the capacity to suppor t 31,000 jobs by 2051.
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