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Plan for coal train less than 100m from schools

John Dalton's render of the proposed Moreton Resources coal train line.
John Dalton's render of the proposed Moreton Resources coal train line. Contributed

THE rail link for the proposed Moreton Resources Kingaroy Coal Mine could pass within 100m of two state schools.

Both Crawford State School and Tingoora State School appear within 100m of the proposed line, according to analysis by Kingaroy Concerned Citizens Group spokesman John Dalton.

Mr Dalton said he took a rough map released recently by Moreton Resources, magnified it and placed it over Google Earth.

"I was trying to work out where it actually goes, it was very difficult,” he said.

"It would go through the Kingaroy Golf Club and cross straight where the motorcycle training place is.

"The rail line would then go around the back of Mount Wooroolin and go through the centre of Crawford.”

Mr Dalton said from there the rail line would link up to the South Burnett Rail Trail.

"It will go along the rail trail all the way through to Tingoora,” Mr Dalton said.

"When it gets to Tingoora it does a deviation.

"Out of sympathy and good will from the company, instead of following the rail trail into the main street of Wondai it heads straight out around the back of Wondai industrial estate and crosses just through the north of Wondai and rejoins the rail trail on the way to Murgon.”

Mr Dalton said from Murgon it deviated slightly from the rail trail, though joins it again past Goomeri.

"It looks like a desktop study to make it look like they're really serious about a rail line when they might not be,” Mr Dalton said.

"We have a few people that have been more than surprised by this.

"They don't seem to know about the rail line.”

It is not certain whether a rail link is Moreton Resources' preferred option to transport the thermal coal from the mine. The company has said in a number of documents they are considering a slush pipeline or a conveyor belt along a similar route.

Mr Dalton said KCCG would focus on informing residents who might be affected by the proposed coal rail route.

"We're going to raise awareness,” he said.

"We're looking at placing triangular signs saying coal rail line planned near here to alert people.

"People don't realise yet what Moreton have planned.”

Moreton Resources plan to release the Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed mine and rail link early next year, after which community members will have 30 days to respond with any concerns.

"We're considering a response as a community,” Mr Dalton said.

"We're hoping to hold meetings in Wondai or Murgon in the future.”

Topics:  kingaroy coal mine moreton resources

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