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Environmental study underway for proposed Sunshine Coast rail line

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Surveyors and inspectors have been out on the ground investigating the costs and environmental impacts a potential train line connecting Beerwah to Maroochydore would have.

A series of environmental surveys are being undertaken on selected properties, most of which are government owned, in the preserved corridor between Caloundra and Beerwah.

This work includes the identification of flora and fauna, water sources and native and endangered species.

The government says this planning is vital so that potential environmental impacts from the rail extension are identified and can be minimised.

The project, formerly known as the Caboolture to Maroochydore Corridor Study (CAMCOS), is now being called the Direct Sunshine Coast Line with stations expected at Caloundra. Kawana and Maroochydore.

It is looking at an expansion of the south-east Queensland rail network through the proposed spur line between Beerwah and the Sunshine Coast beaches and link the hinterland to the beach.

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Transport Minister Mark Bailey says the State Government has a strong vision for the Sunshine Coast, and it's doing the groundwork for that future right now.

“The outcomes of this planning phase will put the Direct Sunshine Coast Line project in good stead for future delivery,” he says.

Caloundra MP Jason Hunt says with the Sunshine Coast population forecast to grow to 500,000 before 2041, it’s important the transport and road infrastructure is in place.

“I’m proud of the investments being made on the rails, including stage one of the Beerburrum to Nambour rail duplication, as well as on major roads like the Bruce Highway," he says.

“It’s through all of these corridors working in unison that we’ll see Sunshine Coasters get home safer and sooner than ever before.”

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

The previous Coalition federal government committed $1.6 billion to build the tracks in the lead up to the federal election in May.

But Mr Bailey says the Labor state government is waiting for the business case to be completed before moving forward.

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