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More funds for Sunshine Coast rail business case

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The Queensland Government has committed an additional $14 million to the Direct Sunshine Coast Rail Line business case, affirming its support for the project.

It builds on an existing $6 million in joint funding with the Federal Government, which will finalise the business case currently underway and commence necessary environmental investigations.

The project will work in tandem with the Sunshine Coast Public Transport project to make travelling by public transport to, from and within the Sunshine Coast region more convenient, affordable and reliable.

To support this Big Transport Build, the State Government is calling on local residents and commuters to have a say in the planning for four key transport projects:

  • The Direct Sunshine Coast Rail Line
  • Sunshine Motorway, Mooloolah River Interchange (MRI) Upgrade
  • Kawana Motorway planning
  • Sunshine Coast Public Transport project

The community engagement approach aims to ensure the local community understands the State Government’s overall plan and how these projects interconnect to provide big benefits to residents.

Transport minister Mark Bailey said the Sunshine Coast was one of the fastest growing regions in the state, which meant infrastructure needed to be built now and leading up to the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“To get this right, we need to see a number of road, rail and transport projects working together to alleviate congestion and get Sunshine Coast locals home sooner,” he said.

“Transport and Main Roads is offering an opportunity for people to get involved, learn about the Big Transport Build and help make the future of the Sunshine Coast a good one.

“From the Bruce Highway to the Bells Creek Arterial and along the existing Sunshine Coast Rail line, we have the high-vis army of roadworkers on the ground to deliver for Queenslanders living in the region – there’s only more to come.

“Now’s the time to get involved and help shape our bigger picture solution, so together we can continue making the coast a great place to live, work and visit, delivering better services for Queenslanders.”

Sunshine Coast Council mayor Mark Jamieson said it was important for the community to have a clear plan to address the road, rail and public transport needs of the region to enable residents to move around more efficiently and effectively.

“An integrated approach – which is reflected in the linkages between these four projects – shows how they complement each other, can operate seamlessly and can enhance the convenience and connectivity of the most heavily populated urban areas of the Sunshine Coast,” he said.

“Our Council continues to work with the Department of Transport and Main Roads to establish a high-quality public transport system that will reduce congestion, reduce our emissions, better respond to our adaption needs and provide significantly better connectivity between our communities and to the rest of south east Queensland.

“I strongly encourage all residents to take the opportunity to attend one of DTMR’s information sessions or use the online engagement tool to provide their views on these critical projects.”

Direct Sunshine Coast Rail Line 

  • The Queensland Government has committed an additional $14 million towards this detailed business case and is working in partnership with the Australian Government.
  • Investigates a proposed 37km heavy rail extension between Beerwah and Maroochydore, to confirm station locations, alignment, staging, construction timeframes and cost.
  • Will include park ‘n’ rides and active transport provisions.
  • Builds upon planning completed in 2001 by the Caboolture to Maroochydore Corridor Study (CAMCOS).
  • Will connect economic centres of the Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay and Brisbane and Sunshine Coast Public Transport project. Will deliver better regional connections between the Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay and Brisbane regions.
  • More information: www.tmr.qld.gov.au/directsunshinecoastrail