Affected graziers want proposed rail corridor scrapped
QUEENSLAND graziers facing having a rail corridor pass through their properties as part of the proposed Galilee Basin State Development Area say the proposal should be scrapped.
Landholder group Corridor to Coast - Galilee Network claims if the proposal gets the green light it will strip landholder of their rights and will destroy businesses.
Two multi-billion rail corridors earmarked for the region have been declared projects of regional significance.
Corridor to Coast - Galilee Network spokesperson Shontae Moran said on Wednesday the declaration would give the government sweeping powers to compulsory acquire properties along the proposed rail corridors.
"The majority of affected landholders are opposed to the state development area because it fails to strike the right balance between the interests of overseas mining companies and farmers," she said.
"We think the committee should take a good look at how state development areas have already hurt other businesses and communities."
The proposal is currently before the LNP dominated State Development, Infrastructure and Industry Committee which has been tasked with identifying an area of land between the Galilee Basin and Abbot Point Port where new rail infrastructure and associated industrial development could be located.
Ms Moran said a similar scheme for a proposing a rail line to the Surat Basin, which eventually failed, led to a 30% drop in land values.
"We are facing the same fate where uncertainty about future land use prevents investment and expansion and damages farm productivity," she said.
"Farmers around Wandoan were left with the state development proposal hanging over their heads even after the mine and rail project failed.
"The government should learn from the experience."
Indian-based coal mining company Adani, who was awarded the rights to build one of the two rail corridors in the region, said unsurprisingly in its submission to the committee it wholeheartly supported the government's declaration proposal.
"Adani's view is that the proposal gives effect to the policy, meets the required fundamental legislative principles and understands that it is lawful," the submission said.
Submissions to the committee surrounding the proposed Galilee Basin State Development Area close on Thursday.