Residents living near the soon-to-be reopened Maryborough-Ararat railway line fear they could become cut-off from the community as rail crossings are closed as part of the Murray Basin Rail Project.
According to the State Government, a number of crossings will be closed as “a critical safety measure” with more than 100 level crossings on the line being individually assessed for safety, traffic volume and availability of alternate routes nearby.
However, residents in the small communities of Adelaide Lead, Moonlight, Bung Bong, Wareek and Homebush to the west of Maryborough fear that the closure of some of the rail crossings as a result of the disused line’s reopening will sever connections to important arterial roads and the wider Central Goldfields and Pyrenees communities.
In a demonstration of their concern, over 70 residents from the affected areas attended “a show of unity” at the Bung Bong rail crossing on Longs Road, one of the crossings the community says is a vital connection to the Pyrenees Highway and towns such as Maryborough, Avoca, Ballarat and Bendigo.
For more on this story see the Front Page of The Advertiser, Friday, October 28.