I object to the EIS for the Albury to Illabo Inland Rail route as it fails to properly consider the extensive disruption, health & safety impacts that the construction & the completed project will cause for the Wagga Community & for the pragmatic functioning of the City transport network.
Neither have the impacted landholders been transparently informed & justly treated.
I am totally opposed to this Inland Rail route altogether - believing that it is NOT in the best interests of Australia & should instead be going via Narrandera - Shepparton.
There needs to be an independent inquiry into the obvious political interference & pandering to big business political party donors that have produced this very unacceptable outcome for the typically, poorly consulted Wagga community.
Why is it that the local victims - the Wagga community & numerous impacted landholders have still not been properly consulted or informed of the full details in a reasonable & transparent manner?
This unacceptable, dismissive procedure is all too common for the burdened Wagga community - with Wagga politicians & Wagga Council making extremely detrimental, environmentally destructive, illogical decisions for the sole benefit of their developer, big business, colluding corporate buddies - whilst burdening locals with ongoing suffering & heartache!
Prime examples cursing rural Wagga communities are the environmentally vandalising, contaminating fake green Solar/Wind/BESS Transition, CCP controlled Project Energy Connect, HumeLink & VNI-West Transmission nightmare plus the disgracefully torturous Wagga Council supported plan to dump Visy's contaminated recycling waste at Bomen - Northridge Waste Facility - which has thankfully been knocked back for now at least - hopefully forever!
Regional communities & impacted landowners deserve far more consideration, transparency & well publicised consultations & far better treatment from planners & approving bodies.
Unbiased, balanced media - which is sadly & unjustly lacking in the Riverina - especially with such a hopelessly biased, activist public broadcaster - needs to properly inform the community in a detailed & timely manner.
It is completely illogical to inflict yet another inappropriate, obnoxious proposal midst the Wagga Wagga community - burdening us & our visitors with excessive & ever increasing noise & vibration disturbance from longer, heavier, more frequent trains & severe, prolonged, dangerous traffic disruption.
The EIS fails to properly outline effective mitigation plans - probably because they are impossible anyway! Truthful, accurate revelations are needed.
From past experience, mitigation claims are a proven failure with Wagga's RE nightmare & essential, basic conditions never being met.
This EIS gives no reassurance whatsoever that there would ever be any noise, vibration or frustrating roadblock relief at all for impacted residents, school communities & travellers.
The forced traffic delays & consequential banking up has not been taken into account from the reduced speed of the trains as they negotiate the city route. This will have a significant impact on emergency services & the lives of those in need of a far swifter trip to the hospital.
The increased length, weight & frequency of the Inland Rail trains will compromise the stability of the old Bomen to Murrumbidgee River viaduct which will not have the strength to endure & safely bare the vastly increased load stress.
Upgrading of the Edmondson Bridge will cause extreme traffic flow problems with usual commuters forced to find alternate rail crossing for at least 9 months & with almost 2,000 local residents detrimentally impacted as well as South Wagga Public School, Kildare Catholic School & Wagga Wagga High School.
These harmful changes will have unacceptable health & safety outcomes for pedestrians - including the elderly & numerous school children daily - with the ramp from the Edward St intersection steepening substantially.
The ongoing, excessive noise & vibration from construction & repetitive train operations will also have severe & distressing impacts on the local residents & school community which is completely unjust when logical, far superior alternatives for the Inland Rail route are available.
Even the very leaders who have foolishly used their political influence to pressure for this Wagga route are now back peddling given the clear stupidity of this disruptive & harmful decision for the whole Wagga Wagga community's health & safety.
In the best interests of Australia, for future generations, positive growth of Wagga Wagga & for sensible traffic management, this route must not be approved.