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BEFORE the council goes any further with planning approval for the high density living on Birtinya Island, it should lobby the state and federal governments to fund the QR rail line to Maroochydore utilising the CAMCOS corridor.
Then once construction of the railway has commenced the Birtinya Island development could be approved.
When the railway is built local shuttle buses to/from the railway stations will mean residents have easy and fast access to Brisbane and the rest of the Coast.
SunCentral in Maroochydore is already saying they are planning for a QR station connected to the CAMCOS proposed line from Beerwah.
Unless this rail line is fast tracked, all of the developments being approved will simply mean a total road gridlock ... made even worse by the construction and then operation of the council's $2 billion proposed 'light rail'!
Just imagine Bundilla and Brisbane Rd during construction.
Anyone with any commonsense can see the railway line is decades overdue and governments should fast-track construction.
This article first appeared on www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au
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