An artists impression of how a passenger tram could look in the streets of Nambour. Photo Contributed
An artists impression of how a passenger tram could look in the streets of Nambour. Photo Contributed Contributed

Another big announcement for Nambour’s tram project

A VISION to return a tram to the streets of Nambour has become a whole lot clearer, thanks to another large donation to the Nambour Heritage Tramway Co.

Nambour Alliance president Tony Vella, earlier today presented a cheque for $38,000 to Sunshine Coast Division 10 Councillor Greg Rogerson.

Last month organisers announced they had surpassed $50,000 funds raised through the monthly Tramfest street parties and private business donations.

With another Tramfest penned for this Saturday night on Howard St, funds raised by the community could surpass $100,000 shortly.

Thank you Nambour! We have now hit a new benchmark raising $53 000 for the Nambour Tram! Please continue to support Nambour's monthly Tramfest, see you this Saturday March 19th for a drink and a dance on the tracks 󾟟

Posted by Nambour Tram on Wednesday, 16 March 2016

The tram is a key project outlined in the Sunshine Coast Council endorsed Nambour Activation Plan, developed with help from the Alliance early last year.

Alliance president Tony Vella said the project had been in the town's vision since 2011 and this was only the start of more fundraising efforts.

In total, $600,000 must be raised by the community to match the Council's commitment of $1.5 million over three years.

"There's a lot more to come. There's more funding and an awful lot more money to be raised," Mr Vella said.

"It's certainly a nice day for us to see how the community has been digging into their pockets just by virtue of coming along to one event.

"That is essentially Tramfest. It's not just about Nambout, it's about how we contribute to the Sunshine Coast economy. That Nambour Tram could just be the thing that brings people to the Coast for a holiday."

Some residents have voiced concerns in recent months about the tram causing traffic congestion.

Most agreed Tramfest was a great initiative, but said additional parking and beautification should be the priority.

Cr Rogerson down-played the concerns and said the Tram wasn't the be-all and end-all.

"There was some negativity about the tram and what it would do for Nambour...it's not the silver bullet," he said.

He said Tramfest had brought the community closer together.

"It's about raising money for the tram, but it's a humongous event for Nambour," he said.

"It's a socialising event where people can come out, have fun, eat good food and be entertained by really good musicians. It's been exceptional the whole way through."


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