$1.5 million land sale falls over

ROCKHAMPTON'S David Swindells has lost a $1.5 million land sale because authorities have earmarked the property as a possible route for a third Fitzroy River bridge.

Mr Swindells said a developer was ready to sign off on his 8.9 hectares before it was revealed a third bridge could pass through the land. After 12 months of asking questions, he obtained official Main Roads documents (reproduced here) that show his block is in the firing line.

A Department of Transport and Main Roads spokesperson yesterday said no one would know where a third bridge would cross the Fitzroy River until a study was completed in 2011.

Mr Swindells said he put his life on hold because no one would touch his Alexandra Street Extended property until they knew where a possible third bridge would go.

The spokesman said Mr Swindells wasn't the only person asking how a third bridge and road corridor would affect their properties.

The answer is at the end of a $5 million study, announced in June by the federal and state governments.

The study, named the Fitzroy River Floodplain and Transport Planning Study, is looking at possible bridge options both north and south of the city including the area where Mr Swindells lives.

The study will investigate “environmental, cultural heritage, safety and community expectations” and all corridor options.

It will arrive at a single recommended transport route, which may include the location of a third crossing of the Fitzroy River.

At this time Main Roads hasn't limited the study to a set number of potential locations for a third bridge or bypass corridor.

Mr Swindells said the government needed to fast track the study so residents like him could get on with their lives.

“It's frustrating for me and everyone else wanting to know what's going on,” he said.

“No one can do a thing.”

Next month, Main Roads is expected to announce the consulting and engineering firm selected to undertake the study.

“The Central Queensland community will have the opportunity to provide their thoughts and local knowledge to shape the direction and considerations of the study through public submission periods and community forums, which will be announced as the study gets underway,” the spokesman said.

Further information is available at www.transportandmainroads.qld.gov.au.

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