- Tuesday 17 January 2017
The upgrade of the North Coast Rail Line between Beerburrum to Nambour has been recognised as a priority infrastructure project that is ready for government investment, according to the State Government’s Building Queensland’s second Infrastructure Pipeline report released yesterday (Jan 16).
Sunshine Coast Acting Mayor Tim Dwyer said the council welcomed the news, which is based on Building Queensland's business case that focused on the duplication of the the North Coast line between Beerburrum and Landsborough, a distance of about 20km, and other improvements through to Nambour.
“While the business case does not include duplicating the rail line between Landsborough and Nambour, it does consider undertaking a range of upgrades between Landsborough and Nambour including passing loop extensions, dual platforms and additional car parking at some stations,” Cr Dwyer said.
“Council applauds the fact that the business case is now complete and clearly demonstrates the need for this project.
“This infrastructure has long needed upgrading to service both the growing population of the Sunshine Coast as well as to support a key freight transportation route for all of Queensland.
“With the business case in place, council believes there should be no impediment to the State and Federal governments now committing the necessary funding for this long overdue project."
In a statement released yesterday, Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad said the Pipeline update affirmed “the need for the Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade Project, a major priority for the Sunshine Coast community which will provide a more integrated and effective transport system and improve connectivity in South East Queensland.”
Cr Dwyer also welcomed news that the Infrastructure Pipeline Report indicated the development of the business case for the Sunshine Motorway Mooloolah River interchange project was ready to progress to the next stage.
A preliminary business case for the project, estimated to cost $430 million, has been completed.
The Bruce Highway upgrade between the Pine River Bridge and Caloundra Road has also been included in the Pipeline report for the first time as a project where the business case development should proceed, reflecting previous commitments by the State and Federal governments to progress planning for improving this critical road infrastructure corridor.
“Council is pleased both these critical infrastructure projects are in the Building Queensland Pipeline and are being further investigated as the basis for future funding decisions,” he said.
"Our council calls on the State Government to advance both of these projects rapidly, given their importance to the economic and community development, functionality and accessibility of the Sunshine Coast".