Maroochydore CBD is on track to accommodate a supercharged fast rail service should the North Coast Connect business case successfully secure Federal Government funding.
SunCentral Maroochydore, responsible for designing and delivering the new 53-hectare city centre, welcomed today’s announcement in Nambour by Urban Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher and Infrastructure and Transport Minister Michael McCormack.
“The possible development of an already Government gazetted rail line that comes into the centre of the Maroochydore CBD site will be catalytic, not just for this project, but for the entire Sunshine Coast region,” SunCentral Maroochydore Chief Executive Officer John Knaggs said.
“The State Government set aside a rail corridor from Brisbane to Maroochydore in the late 1990s through its Integrated Regional Plan. Years later, the fact the North Coast Connect project is now one of three shortlisted for Federal Government funding is an important step forward.”
Mr Knaggs said any significant regional contemporary new city centre like the one underway for Maroochydore warranted major public transport systems and commitments of this kind.
“The Sunshine Coast has been the second-highest performing regional economy in Queensland for the past two years with an annual economic growth rate more than one per cent higher than the national average,” he said.
“The new city centre is incredibly appealing to national and international businesses that are looking for an affordable CBD location in a region that offers a spectacular lifestyle and in a state with the country’s lowest payroll tax rate.
“However, investment in public transport solutions on the Sunshine Coast is vital to attract future private sector interest in the region, and other key infrastructure necessary to keep pace with population growth and demand.”