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    Transport/Main Roads
    The Honourable Stephen Bredhauer

    Petrie to Kippa-Ring Rail Corridor

    Transport/Main Roads
    The Honourable Stephen Bredhauer

    Monday, December 17, 2001

    Petrie to Kippa-Ring Rail Corridor

    Improvements to public transport services between Petrie and Kippa-Ring are planned as part of the staged development of a new rail line in the area, Transport and Main Roads Minister Steve Bredhauer announced today.

    The draft impact assessment study (IAS) report released today identifies the proposed route, station locations and park and ride facilities for a rail link between Petrie and Kippa-Ring.

    It also examines the environmental, economic and social impacts and benefits of the proposed rail line and concludes that impacts can be managed, Mr Bredhauer said.

    This is an important document in that it is the first time a practical action plan for the area has been recommended since a rail link was initially proposed in the 1800s, he said.

    While the draft report has made recommendations, no decision on timings for construction have been made yet, he said.

    The community now has the chance to comment on the draft report findings and recommendations and to make suggestions before a final report is prepared for government consideration, Mr Bredhauer said.

    He said opportunities for private sector involvement in the rail facilities were being investigated as part of the Gauging Interest in Private Sector Investment (GIPSI) study launched earlier this year.

    Mr Bredhauer said that following the release of the draft IAS report, a GIPSI survey would be provided to selected private sector organisations to determine their interest in delivering the rail project.

    The final IAS report and results of the GIPSI study would be considered by Cabinet next year, when issues such as implementation and timing will be addressed, Mr Bredhauer said.

    Construction timing will be subject to the availability of funding, he said.

    The draft IAS report recommends a staged approach to the development of the corridor.

    Construction of a single track is recommended with stations at Kallangur, Murrumba Downs, Mango Hill and Kippa-Ring followed by duplication of the line and additional stations at Kinsellas Road and Rothwell when needed.

    Other key recommendations in the draft IAS report include: - the preferred corridor in the Petrie area is option A, the originally preserved corridor, - preferred land uses around stations, including park and ride facilities, and - all environmental impacts associated with building and using the corridor can be managed

    The draft IAS report addresses the issues raised by the community in the area, Mr Bredhauer said.

    Public submissions on the draft IAS report may be made at any time during the consultation period which closes at 5.00 pm on Friday 8 March 2002.

    I would urge people to comment on the recommendations and findings of the draft IAS report.

    The draft IAS report will be available for viewing at: - The Peninsula Business & Tourism Centre, 35-37 Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe

    - Local Council offices Pine Rivers Shire Council, 220 Gympie Road, Strathpine Redcliffe City Council, Administration Centre, Irene Street, Redcliffe Caboolture Shire Council, cnr Hasking Street and Beerburrum Road, Caboolture

    - Queensland Transport Customer Service Centres Cnr Beach & Bingle Streets, Kippa-Ring 43 Bells Pocket Road, Strathpine Cnr Aerodrome Road & Piper Street, Caboolture

    - Local libraries Kallangur Public Library, 1480 Anzac Avenue Redcliffe City Library, 470 476 Oxley Avenue Caboolture Central Library, cnr Hasking Street and Beerburrum Road Deception Bay Library, cnr Captain Cook Parade and Bayview Terrace Strathpine Library, cnr South Pine Road and Gympie Road

    - Study website: www.ghd.com.au/pkrstudy.htm

    A study newsletter will be distributed shortly to all households in the study area.

    Submissions may be posted to: Petrie to Kippa-Ring Public Transport Corridor Study Reply Paid 879, GHD GPO Box 668 Brisbane Qld 4001

    FURTHER DETAILS: Andrew Williams, Media Advisor 3237 1944 or 0408 725 308