Restore the historical rail line from Bundaberg to Gin Gin

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Petition to “Restore the Historical Rail Line”

We your petitioners, add our signatures below, in calling on the Federal Government to restore the Historical Rail Line between Bundaberg and Gin Gin.

We call on our Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and others who can make this happen, to MAKE IT HAPPEN.

We request access to reliable, affordable, public transport:

(a) To access work opportunities, the hours of which do not conform to the School Buses timetables (9-5pm), and access to community activities, shopping centers, and other services that are not available in Gin Gin.

(b) In this high unemployment area, this is what is needed for the unemployed to seek and find reliable, full time and casual employment.

(c) To enable those along the line access to other rail stops, within the existing rail network such as Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne to the south and Gladstone, Rockhampton, Townsville, Cairns, etc. to the north.

(d) To enable a tourism link from Bundaberg's train station, to enable a tourism boost for all of the small towns and communities along the line (ie, West Bundaberg, Sharon, Kolan, Wallaville, etc.) including Gin Gin.

(e) To UTILISE the existing historical buildings to create jobs, such as re-opening the station cafe in Gin Gin (see image) and to attract tourists to the area.

(f) To ensure the trains that use the rail link are built or revamped to run on sustainable (infinite) clean energy, (eg, solar and/or wind power – power that relies on the infinite energy sources of nature - rather than an expensive, polluting, fossil fuel based “finite” energy fuel-stock), with on-board battery backup, including  recharging solar and/or wind powered energy generators/infrastructures/facilities available at each station, which could be recharged prior to departure times, when necessary, giving local travellers and tourists the time to look around each station stop for a while.

(g) We urge that in the restoration of the rail line that re-using and recycling existing infrastructure or recycled products, where-ever possible in sections that need replacing, in a safe manner; as this will reduce the project’s environmental impact, and will reduce and minimise the project's carbon footprint in the long and short term.

(h) To ensure the link is built by local people, with safe and fair pay and safe working conditions.

(i) To ensure the link is "cyclone safe" rated for local conditions and is also "flood proof", this will ensure that the people to the west of Bundaberg (as far as Gin Gin) can be supplied with fresh water and food-stocks, to safeguard these communities in case of any future climatic emergencies or wash outs/flooding/blocking of the Bundaberg/Gin Gin Road.

(j) To ensure that any landowner who will be adversely affected must be fairly and adequately compensated.

(k) To ensure that the project fully meets (or excels) community safety and environmental standards.

We thank you for your time.

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