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    Minister for Transport, Trade, Employment and Industrial Relations
    The Honourable John Mickel

    FOCUS OF STUDY REVEALED FOR RAIL UPGRADE

    Minister for Transport, Trade, Employment and Industrial Relations
    The Honourable John Mickel

    Thursday, November 15, 2007

    FOCUS OF STUDY REVEALED FOR RAIL UPGRADE

    Development of the Landsborough to Nambour Rail Corridor has progressed with the release of the study focus area for the project.

    Transport Minister John Mickel said the study focus area showed a number of sites where it would be possible to locate a suitable route for the upgrade of the Landsborough to Nambour section of the North Coast Line.

    "The focus area is based on both a technical assessment and feedback gathered from the community through a recent Community Values and Transportation Survey," he said.

    Potentially affected communities are encouraged to comment on the study focus area by close of business on Friday, 14 December.

    Member for Glasshouse Carolyn Male said the study focus area would be available for viewing from next Monday (19 November). From this date, an update containing a map of the study focus area will be posted directly to landowners within the study focus area, and it will also be distributed to letterboxes of other residents in the local area.

    The study focus area can also be viewed:

    - online at www.landsborough-nambour.com.au
    - at local libraries, post offices and shops in the area
    - at Queensland Transport customer service centres in Caboolture, Nambour, Caloundra, Noosa, Gympie and Tewantin
    - at Maroochy Shire and Caloundra City Council administration centres
    - by requesting a copy of the study update on 1800 221 991 or by emailing railstudy@landsborough-nambour.com.au.

    There will also be public information days at:

    Woombye School of Arts main hall on Tuesday 27 Nov, 12-7pm
    Palmwoods memorial hall on Wednesday 28 Nov, 12-7pm
    Landsborough recreation centre on Thursday 29 Nov, 12–7pm
    Eudlo public hall on Friday 30 Nov 12–7pm
    Mooloolah public hall on Saturday 1 Dec, 10am–3pm
    Nambour civic centre on Tuesday 4 Dec, 12–7pm.

    Comments can be made in writing to the study team either by post or email.

    Queensland Transport aims to announce a preferred corridor for the Landsborough to Nambour Rail Project early next year, before preparing an Environmental Impact Statement for the project.

    Member for Glasshouse: 5495 2666

    Media contact: Chris Brown (07) 3237 1944 or Nathan Moir 3235 4060


    November 15, 2007