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12 June, 2021

Victory for local farmer

AT LAST, roadwork has begun to prevent ADANI/Bravus road trains driving past David and Katie Luke’s Lignum homestead.

The Mackay Local Newshighlighted that double and triple road trains have been driven past their front and back door of every 30 seconds for the past six months.

But now it is finally happening and a fenced-off access road to the ADANI Bravus Carmichael coal mine has commenced.

Bravus Mining and Resources CEO, David Boshoff has announced that ‘Bravus has agreed to fund some fencing and a temporary road away from Mr David Luke’s property’.

“Isaac Regional Council will construct this temporary bypass road,” Mr Boshoff said.

“The permanent road upgrade, will be even further away from Mr Luke’s property and built as part of the overarching mine access road upgrade that is currently underway.

“We have been collaboratively working with Isaac Regional Council to resolve the final design features for specific sections of the Mine Access Road, and this process is nearing completion.

“Work to upgrade the Mine Access Road is now well underway.

“The first 8km of bitumen was laid in May along the 90km council-owned road.

 “In total, we will spend more than $100 million to upgrade the council-owned road.

“This work will create more than 100 jobs in the region over the next two years and deliver an improved road network for all road users in the region.”

A pleased and frustrated Lignum Station owner, David (Blue) Luke said he was relieved that it’s finally going to happen after ADANI’s failure to fence-off and build an access road was exposed in The Mackay Local News.

“I found another cow half dead in the paddock last week that had been hit by an ADANI truck and I had to put the cow out of pain and shoot it,” Mr Luke said.

“If the boundary fence was put in in the first place, then none of this would be an issue and my wife and I signed an agreement in 2016 for this fence to be done withing 21 days.

“But five years later, ADANI Bravus are still using the old road past our homestead.

“Our compensation agreement with ADANI was to build a proper diversion road, plus to fence off our northern station boundary and they haven’t done it.

“Now they are going to build a new road.”

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