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    Minister for Transport
    The Honourable Rachel Nolan


    Minister for Transport
    The Honourable Rachel Nolan

    Wednesday, November 10, 2010


    Community consultation on the billion dollar Moreton Bay Rail Link will begin this week, Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and Queensland Transport Minister Rachel Nolan said today.

    "This week we begin the community consultation process, providing people with the opportunity to find out more about the Moreton Bay Rail Link and have their say," Mr Albanese said.

    "We know there’s big interest in this link and we’ll work with the people of Moreton Bay to deliver the best project possible," he said.

    “When it comes to building infrastructure, Federal Labor means what it says and does what it promises. I really encourage everyone to come along to the open days to meet members of the project team and have their say," Mr Albanese said.

    Community open days will be held as follows:

    •Saturday 20 November 10am-3pm, The Lakes College Hall, College Street, North Lakes

    •Saturday 27 November 10am-3pm, John Oxley Reserve Community Hall, Ogg Road, Murrumba Downs

    •Saturday 4 December, Redcliffe Library, Oxley Avenue, Redcliffe.

    People living in the area will receive their first project newsletter this week.

    Ms Nolan said consultation documents will be available on the project website from Monday 15 November.

    "The project team is also creating a master plan for sustainable development for the area around Kallangur Station based around easy access to high-quality public transport," she said.

    The 12.6km dual-track rail line between Petrie and Kippa-Ring is expected to save up to 15 minutes compared to peak-hour car travel for commuters between Kippa-Ring and the Brisbane CBD.

    There will be six new rail stations, at Kallangur, Murrumba Downs, Mango Hill, Kinsellas Road, Rothwell and Kippa-Ring.

    The $1.15 billion project is being funded by the Australian Government ($742 million), Queensland Government ($300 million plus land valued at $120 million) and Moreton Bay Regional Council ($105 million).

    Construction is scheduled to start in 2012 and finish in 2016.

    Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland said public consultation was an important part of delivering a key piece of public transport infrastructure that had been promised for more than 100 years.

    “Although the rail corridor has been in place and preserved for three decades, I want to make sure that everybody is aware of the proposed route and the benefits it will bring to our region, as one of the fastest growing on mainland Australia,” Mayor Sutherland said.

    “This is your opportunity to have your say on the Moreton bay Rail link and learn more about how it will transform transport in this region for the better.”

    Key facts about the Moreton Bay Rail Link

    * An express train from Kippa-Ring to Brisbane's CBD is expected to take approximately 45 minutes, compared to more than an hour by car in peak-hour traffic.

    * Moreton Bay is one of the fastest growing regions in the country. The current population of around 375,000 people is expected to increase to more than 500,000 by around 2031.

    * More than half the region's population leaves the area every day with the vast majority (87%) using a private vehicle for their journey.

    * A new rail link will provide a viable alternative to private vehicle use. Preliminary modelling indicates that in 2016 when it opens, the link will be used for approximately 10,000 boardings per day. This will mean significantly fewer car trips and reduced carbon emissions.

    * Traffic forecasting suggests the rail link will help reduce traffic congestion along Anzac Avenue, the Bruce Highway, and arterial roads such as Gympie Road and the Gateway Motorway - every full train on the new line will take about 600 cars off the road and reduce carbon emissions.

    * The Moreton Bay Rail Link will create approximately 8,430 new jobs over the life of the project.

    The consultation process will continue until 25 February 2011.

    Media Contacts

    For Ms Nolan: Chris Ward 0418 424 654

    For Mr Albanese: Vivienne Skinner 0411 206 224

    For Mayor Sutherland: Darren Roberts 0488 404 856