$2m promise for Cooloola-Noosa coastal link road
A LONG envisioned road connection between the Cooloola Coast and Noosa could be one step closer after a significant announcement yesterday.
In a major move to benefit Cooloola tourism, LNP Candidate for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien has announced a re-elected Coalition Government will put down $2 million towards the sealing works on the Cooloola-Noosa coastal link road.
The new road, which will enable travel between Maryborough, Tin Can Bay, Cooloola Cove, Rainbow Beach, Kin Kin and Noosa, will connect the Cooloola Coast with Noosa and generate huge growth in tourism in the region, Mr O'Brien said.
"The upgraded road from Noosa to Cooloola will generate more tourism opportunities and open up the whole area for more activity by locals and visitors who will be able to travel on a sealed coastal road link without travelling on the Bruce Highway," Mr O'Brien announced at Kin Kin on Sunday alongside Transport minister Darren Chester, Member for Noosa Glen Elmes and Member for Gympie Tony Perrett.
"This project will link Noosa to the Cooloola Coast and when completed will provide a sealed coastal route connecting the Fraser Coast to Noosa and the Sunshine Coast."
"This project will create jobs and boost economic growth by enhancing the tourism industry's competitiveness and supporting new activities through the connection of attractions along the coastline.
"The project will open up the hinterland and improve access to our beautiful region and encourage visitors to see more of what Wide Bay has to offer."
Transport minister Darren Chester said the completed link will provide an alternative to the Bruce Highway.
Should the inland coastal route from Noosa to the Cooloola Coast be upgraded?
This poll ended on 19 June 2016.
Yes. If it's sealed it will make a great alternative to the Bruce Hwy.
No. I don't think the amount of traffic using it justifies sealing it.
I didn't know there was another route between Noosa and Rainbow Beach.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
"While the Coalition is investing a significant amount of funding in the Bruce Highway, it is also important that we provide support to improve the local road network for not only residents but visitors to the region," Mr Chester said.
"I understand that Noosa and Gympie Regional Councils have for many years been upgrading roads to form a coastal connection and this $2 million commitment will help to bring the project to fruition."
Mr O'Brien said the Coalition is investing almost $200 million into Bruce Highway upgrades throughout Wide Bay in 2016-17 as well as $13.67 million for local road upgrades throughout the Noose and Gympie local government areas between 2014-15 and 2018-19.
He said Gympie Regional Council is also receiving $976,000 to upgrade the Goomong Road and Kandanga Creek Road bridges.