Council contributes $200,000 towards emergency vehicle crossing at Bethania
A long-term push by residents and Logan City Council to improve emergency access to Bethania during railway line closures will be resolved, with Council today committing $200,000 to a Queensland Rail project estimated to cost more than $660,000.
Roads and Water Infrastructure Committee Chairperson, Councillor Don Petersen, said Queensland Rail had proposed an emergency vehicle crossing of the rail line at Holzheimer Rd, Bethania.
"The railway line can be closed several times a year if the level crossing malfunctions or a train stops across the crossing," Cr Petersen said.
"With only one way in and one way out, this can be quite distressing when there is an emergency requiring attendance from police, the ambulance or fire brigade.
"Council has been lobbying Queensland Rail for several years now to provide a solution to the issue and we have one at last, thanks to the efforts of State Member for Waterford, Shannon Fentiman who arranged a series of meetings on our behalf."
Cr Petersen said the proposed crossing from Church St to Holzheimer Rd would only be used by emergency vehicles.
"It will not be open to the public. The crossing will have closed locked gates that can only be opened by Queensland Rail staff when necessary for emergency vehicles to cross the rail line," he said.
Division 6 Councillor, Luke Smith, said he was thrilled the crossing was a step closer to completion.
"The community has been fighting for this for many years, and I'm so happy we will have another option for emergencies," he said.
"It's particularly important for the residents of Bethania that emergency services can respond quickly – there is no greater price to pay than a life, so this solution is worth contributing to."
The $200,000 will be funded from Council's 2014/2015 budget surplus.