Milestone for Direct Sunshine Coast Line planning study

Surveyors and inspectors have been on the ground between Caloundra and Beerwah over the last week as part of the Direct Sunshine Coast Line planning study.

The project, formerly known as the Caboolture to Maroochydore Corridor Study (CAMCOS), is looking at a possible expansion of the South East Queensland rail network through the proposed spur line between Beerwah and the Sunshine Coast beaches.

This spur line would provide access and connectivity between the hinterland and coastal communities, and to the broader SEQ rail network, with opportunities for new stations, park ‘n’ rides and active transport facilities to be explored.

Preliminary evaluation of the project is underway which will review the existing preserved corridor and consider refinements to the alignment, station locations and potential staging plans to meet passenger demand and land use in the region.

As part of planning for this important rail link, a series of environmental surveys will be undertaken on selected properties, most of which are government owned, in the preserved corridor in the coming weeks.

The purpose of undertaking non-invasive environmental surveys along the corridor is to better understand the broader ecosystem and environmental factors within the previously preserved transport corridor, including the identification of flora and fauna, water sources and native and endangered species.

This early survey work is critical so that potential environmental impacts from the rail extension are identified and can be minimised through the planning process.

The $6 million planning project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments, each contributing $3 million.

For more information about the project, visit www.tmr.qld.gov.au and search ‘Beerwah to Maroochydore Rail extension’.

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