Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson takes questions after his State of the Region address at the Sunshine Coast Health Institute auditorium.
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson takes questions after his State of the Region address at the Sunshine Coast Health Institute auditorium. Erle Levey

Mayor says rail duplication 'crucial' for Coast

MAYOR Mark Jamieson says the Sunshine Coast can't afford to return to the "neglect” that existed from previous federal governments.

Cr Jamieson was responding to Queensland Transport Minister Mark Bailey's criticism for the Federal Government's failure to fund 80 per cent of the North Coast Rail Line duplication.

Cr Jamieson said the rail line was a critical transport infrastructure project for the Sunshine Coast and Queensland more broadly, given it was the major bottle neck in a key freight transport corridor.

Both State and Federal LNP have slammed Queensland Transport Minister Mark Bailey for his criticism of the funding ratio for the North Coast Rail Line duplication.
Both State and Federal LNP have slammed Queensland Transport Minister Mark Bailey for his criticism of the funding ratio for the North Coast Rail Line duplication. Lachie Millard/Warren Lynam/John

"The outdated infrastructure that is the North Coast Rail Line impacts directly on increasing congestion on the Bruce Highway,” he said.

"Minister Bailey's media release fails to point out what action the Queensland Government has taken to secure commitments from the Federal Opposition to fund the North Coast Rail Line duplication and indeed, other major infrastructure projects for the Sunshine Coast.

"To date, the Federal Opposition has made no commitment to upgrade the Bruce Highway from Caboolture to the Nambour-Maroochydore interchange or the duplication of the North Coast Rail Line.

"Likewise, they've given no indication that timing and funding for these projects will be assured.

"This region cannot afford to return to the neglect that existed ... prior to 2016.”