A single rail line for 50,000 coming to Sunshine Coast

Single track rail line for trains to new city of 50,000 people on the Sunshine Coast.
Single track rail line for trains to new city of 50,000 people on the Sunshine Coast. Tony Moore

THIS single rail line is all that now exists to provide trains to the new city of 50,000 people announced south of Caloundra last week by deputy premier Jackie Trad.

And while those 40,000 to 50,000 residents for the new city of Aura on 2360 hectares are not yet living there, neither are two crucial pieces of Sunshine Coast rail infrastructure promised by three successive governments since 2005.

Those two crucial projects are; adding a second track to the single line between Beerburrum and Landsborough (promised for 2009); and an actual rail line to Caloundra (promised for 2015).

The Sunshine Coast is one of Australia's fastest-growing regions but, despite promises, Southeast Queensland's two newest rail lines went to Richlands (2011); then to Springfield (2013) and out to Kippa-Ring (late 2016).

Not to the Sunshine Coast, despite those promises in 2005 in 2008 by Labor, and 2015 by the LNP.

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