EAST-WEST LINK: WHAT THE NEW TUNNEL MAY HAVE IN STORE FOR RESIDENTS?

Brisbane residents have long known the traffic trials of aging and ill-planned infrastructure, and in recent years the City Council and Queensland Government have been racing to build solutions.

The Brisbane City Council’s vision for a ‘ring road’ surrounding Brisbane City is fast becoming a reality, with the recent announcement of a fourth tunnel to be built between Dutton Park and Toowong.

The East-West Link would provide a transport corridor under the Brisbane River that would effectively join the Clem 7 tunnel to the Northern Link tunnel, and beyond to the Inner City Bypass and Airport Link.

The new tunnel would link the Pacific Motorway and O’Keefe Street at Buranda with the Western Freeway and Toowong, possibly running through suburbs such as West End, St Lucia, Indooroopilly, Woolloongabba, and Taringa.

The East-West Link may also be connected to the proposed Inner West Orbital Tunnel, which would run between Toowong and Everton Park.

The tunnels are all a part of Council’s TransApex plan, which has already affected hundreds of residents and business owners throughout the city, with many having their properties resumed.

While the TransApex prefeasibility study recommended the East-West Link to be constructed after 2026, it is never too early for residents and businesses that may be in the tunnel’s path to get prepared and learn your rights.

If your home or business is found to be in the way of the tunnel, the Queensland Government and a number of ‘contracting authorities’ have the right to resume your property under the Acquisition of Land Act 1967, and the Land Act 1994.

Owners of affected properties will receive a Notice of Intention to Resume, but will have the right to lodge an objection and will also have the right to compensation. The value of your property will be determined by the strength of the current property market if you are a home-owner, or your profits if a business owner.

The closer the time comes to project commencement, the more likely it is that property values will drop, so it will pay to seek advice early. You do not have to go it alone when dealing with the possible resumption of your land. Contact our offices today to find out more about how Deacon Milani can help ensure your best interests are protected. Contact me (Pas Cece) directly on 07 3221 7750, or via email at pas@deaconmilani.com.au.

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