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DEVASTATED, best describes how I feel after the loss of the twice promised $532 million rail duplication from Beerburrum to Landsborough.
In my eyes it was first big step towards the goal of a modern rail service to Nambour, for the 330k people of the Sunshine Coast.
Campaigning for it has consumed the past 4 years of my life.
It's been a long hard road, started by meetings with Alex Somlyay in 2010, Andrew Powell, Fiona Simpson, Tracey Davis, Mark McArdle, Steve Dickson, Jarrod Bleijie and the then Transport Minister, Annastacia Palaszczuk in 2011, Peter Slipper as Speaker in 2012, Warren Truss in 2013, and Scott Emerson and our Premier Campbell Newman in June 2014.
This rail is a loss, not just for the Sunshine Coast people, but also for the freight operators who ply the 1668 km line to Cairns.
It's the most congested single line track in the nation, and was recognised as such back in 1994.
It was described by Paul Lucas, then Labor Transport Minister in 2006, as 'one of the weakest links in the Queensland Rail network', and he was right.
A plethora of State and Federal Government reports all itemise the cold hard facts of this nationally unique rail line.
It's part of a national north-south freight corridor from Melbourne to Cairns, and thus is eligible for federal funding.
HASHTAG #ONTRACKSCD ON TWITTER TO TELL US WHY YOU WANT RAIL DUPLICATION ON THE COAST
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