May 3, 2009

$3 million to help build new Sunshine Coast Transit Centre

$3 million to help build new Sunshine Coast Transit Centre

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The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 3 2009

Anthony Albanese, Infrastructure and Local Government Minister, and Craig Emerson, Minister for Small Business, has announced the Rudd Labor Government will offer $3 million towards the new Northern Sunshine Coast Transit Centre.

Mr Emerson announced the funds in Noosa Junction with Mayor Bob Abbot.

The Government will make a strategic contribution to this project to help cut public transport delays and encourage tourist investment into local businesses.

Funding for this Sunshine Coast Regional Council project will come from the Government’s $800 million Community Infrastructure Program – the largest one-off investment in local infrastructure in Australia’s history.

The existing Centre at the back of Hastings Street has limited capacity, with Council analysis showing up to half-an-hour delays to bus timetables in peak holiday periods.

With federal funding, the Transit Centre will be relocated to the intersection of Cooyar Street and Sunshine Beach Road. The project is expected to include:

  •  New bus bays, access ways and shade shelters;
  •  Landscaping and pathways;
  •  New drainage, kerb and channels;
  •  Shared pedestrian zone; and
  •  A shopping street which connects the Transit Centre with local retail businesses.

Once completed, this project is expected to deliver a number of benefits, including:

  •  Economic stimulus during construction and through the 3,000 passengers expected to transit through the Centre every day and onto the shopping street;
  •  Better tourism infrastructure, through seamless access to the town centre, high quality tourist information and real time transport service information in the future;
  •  Better community infrastructure through well-designed public space with extensive landscaping, shade trees and open shade structures; and
  •  Environmental benefits, with a project design that will increase capture of stormwater run-off and use it to water landscaped areas.

This funding builds on $1.35 million already delivered to the Sunshine Coast for five local community projects this year. It brings Rudd Government funding for Sunshine Coast community infrastructure to $4.35 million this year.

More than 3,000 community projects are being funded by the Rudd Government across Australia to support jobs and economies and deliver long-term benefits for communities