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Barriers To Stop Rail Corridor Warriors

Tags: Tony Piccolo MP / Gawler / Light Electorate / Local Infrastructure / Building Communities

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  • By Tony Piccolo
  • Jan 02, 2018
Barriers To Stop Rail Corridor Warriors

 

Local MP Tony Piccolos hopes GWA will stop the rail corridor warriors from misusing the disused rail corridors in the Gawler Belt area.

 

Genesee & Wyoming Australia (GWA) are railing against four-wheel drive vehicles illegally accessing their disused rail corridors.

4WD vehicles regularly access disused rail corridors, particularly after major rain events, to test their cars limits.

These vehicles cause significant damage to the corridors, disturbing residents living along the corridor and creating hazards for people walking along the corridor.

Local Member of Parliament, Tony Piccolo said he is regularly contacted by constituents living adjacent to the rail corridors about the impact these vehicles have on their lifestyles.

Mr Piccolo stated that winter tends to be peak season for 4WD drivers tearing up local roads and the rail corridor, however, with the unseasonal weather we have been having the 4WD season has been extended.

“I have been liaising with local government, police and GWA about steps that can be taken to stop these vehicles accessing the rail corridor,” Mr Piccolo said.

“I recently received correspondence from GWA advising that they were looking to build barriers across seven access points to the corridor,” he said.

GWA’s Paul Hollitt wrote to Mr Piccolo saying that vandals are causing considerable discomfort to local residents and are damaging native vegetation.

“GWA has for some time been trying to find a solution to the problem of four wheel drive use in the area,” Mr Hollitt said.

“Attempts to have two vandals charged for trespass have failed despite photos being made available of their vehicles showing their numberplates, bogged in the rail corridor and this company making statements that permission was not given for the vehicles to be in the area.

“GWA may have however found a relatively cost effective way to build barriers across the rail corridor at seven points (each wall will be approximately forty metres long) that may stop this practice and reduce the amount of rubbish dumping in this area,” he said.

Mr Piccolo said that this is a real win for the local community and was pleased that GWA are taking positive steps to stop this antisocial behaviour.

 

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