Trad confident $230 million rail shortfall will be found
DEPUTY Premier Jackie Trad says more than enough funding has been committed to start work on rail duplication between Beerburrum and Nambour.
Ms Trad said detailed design would start immediately and was expected to take 12 to 18 months to complete.
She said the construction would start after that and was expected to take about five years.
Ms Trad and transport minister Mark Bailey were in Nambour on Saturday morning to confirm a $160 million State Government contribution to the rail duplication project.
It came after $390 million in Commonwealth funds were committed to the project in March.
"We are putting 20 per cent on the table, the Federal Government has put 50% on the table," Ms Trad said.
"We believe they should put 80 per cent on the table because this is part of the National Land Transport Network.
"More than that, it is actually about addressing critical freight constraints within our network as well as passenger movements so we will continue to have a conversation with the Federal Government."
She said Mr Bailey had been leading those negotiations.
"I'm incredibly confident that we will get a good outcome."
Mr Bailey said the announcement would mean 18 extra commuter services between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast every day.
He said there would be station upgrades at Mooloolah, Eudlo, Woombye and Palmwoods as well as 2000 extra carparks spread between Beerburrum, Landsborough, Nambour and Palmwoods.
"It will be a three-minute saving in terms of the commute into Brisbane so there is nothing but pluses here," Mr Bailey said.
He said the State Government had now put up its full amount.
"We want the Federal Government to put up their full amount, under their own funding rules.
"We will continue that discussion to get that last portion of funds to make sure it's a 100 per cent complete project all the way through to $780 million."
He said the Federal Government's 50% was a "cut-price" contribution.
"We are not going to let them off the hook.
"We just want a fair funding deal and that's what Sunshine Coast communities deserve."