New South Wales
I am making this submission on behalf of my wife & myself as we have a number of concerns & reservations about this project. These are as follows;
1. NOISE POLLUTION: We are greatly concerned about the additional noise that will be generated by up to 15 1.8Klm long trains a day passing through the town. Our house is on the corner of Warialda St. & Thompsons Ave. As Thompsons Ave tends to act like a funnel, we are subjected to virtually as much noise as people living on Gosport St. However, when the bypass was constructed, we were totally ignored in relation to noise mitigation measures. Therefore, with such a dramatic increase in noise from trains, I would expect to see some substantial noise reduction measures put in place . To this end, I would expect to see a concrete noise wall extending from the Gosport St. entry onto the bypass back towards the Caltex fuel depot thereby creating some measure of noise reduction for Thompsons Ave. As this area was the site of old fuel depots & the land is "contaminated" I see no logical reason why this could not be done.
2. AIR POLLUTION: Being in such close proximity to the rail line, we are also concerned about the increase in air pollution created by the substantial increase of diesel fumes & exhaust particulates coming from the trains engines.
3. TRAFFIC: With the proposed vehicle overpass at Jones Ave. what will be the effects on traffic in surrounding streets? Where will the overpass approach start and what will be the impacts on the businesses in the immediate area i.e. B & W Rural, Grainland, Black Truck & Ag, Dippers Home Timber & Hardware? All these businesses utilise Joyce Ave/Jones Ave/Gosport St intersections. Therefore with an overpass approach in Jones Ave what is the anticipated effects on traffic? Will it push additional traffic (in particular heavy vehicles) into adjoining residential streets/areas, some of which are somewhat narrow, thereby exacerbating the existing noise/dust issues.
4. PROPERTY VALUES: What consideration, if any, has or will be given to the adverse effects on nearby residential property values? People have sizeable amounts of money invested in their homes which would already have been devalued by the bypass. Now they will see a further devaluing of their properties as a result of this. Are homeowners going to be compensated or will it be a case of tough luck for them/us?
Whilst hopeful our submission will be viewed favourably and will meet with success, I hold no illusion in this regard and despair that it will be the bypass all over again. To put it bluntly, it will assuredly be a case of mind over matter i.e. the bureacrats/politicians don't mind and the affected residents don't matter. Although, one can hope that this will not be the case on this occasion - time will tell.