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Funding committed to Sunshine Coast

The Federal Government is delivering much-needed investment in the Direct Sunshine Coast Rail Line, connecting the community to jobs, study, services and Queensland’s famous tourism attractions.

It will invest a further $1.15 billion, taking the Commonwealth’s investment to $2.75 billion, to ensure Stage 1 of the project can be delivered.

The Direct Sunshine Coast Rail Line will extend the South East Queensland rail network from the North Coast Line at Beerwah to Caloundra.

The first stage will see a 19-kilometre dual track built from Beerwah to Caloundra, making it the longest spur line in the south-east passenger network.

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Catherine King spoke about the funding that has been committed.

“We’re investing $1.15 billion making sure the Sunshine Coast has the infrastructure it needs to connect it to opportunities in a faster, more reliable way,” she said.

“Once complete, the Direct Sunshine Coast Rail Line will save commuters up to 45 minutes, with journeys from the new Sunshine Coast stations to Roma Street station taking around 45 minutes less than driving in peak hour.

“We’re delivering the infrastructure – built by Australians – that improves safety, revitalises regions, and ensures Australia is well placed to compete in the new, net zero economy.”

It will also include the protection of the updated rail alignment from Birtinya and Maroochydore.

This project is providing faster, more reliable and environmentally sustainable connections between the Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay and Brisbane.

Once complete, the Direct Sunshine Coast Rail Line will save commuters up to 45 minutes, with journeys from the new Sunshine Coast stations to Roma Street station taking around 45 minutes less than driving in peak hour.

The Direct Sunshine Coast Rail Line will help ease congestion on South East Queensland roads while making public transport a quicker, safer and more viable choice for Queenslanders and visitors to the Sunshine State.

Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Senator for Queensland, Anthony Chisholm elaborated further.

“More and more people are choosing to call the Sunshine Coast home, so we’re investing in the infrastructure this area needs to keep up with the growing demand,” he said.

“Once completed, the Direct Sunshine Coast Rail Line won’t just benefit locals here and those in Brisbane, but also the millions of tourists who visit the Coast each year.”