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    Transport and Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    $10 million Noosa Junction Station to open

    Transport and Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Sunday, August 28, 2011

    $10 million Noosa Junction Station to open

    Noosa’s new public transport centrepiece — the $10 million Noosa Junction Station — will officially open for use on Monday August 29.

    Transport Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the architecturally-designed bus station will be opened following today’s Community Open Day (Sunday August 28).

    “The community open day will take place from 10am to 2pm to celebrate the opening of the new station and to thank the community and local traders for their patience and cooperation during construction,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “People can come and check out the features of this state-of-the-art facility and ask questions of TransLink officers. With activities to keep the kids entertained, it will also be a good chance for people to familiarise themselves with the bus services operating from the station.

    Several TransLink bus services will benefit from and utilise the new station including:

    ·Route 620 – Noosa to Maroochydore via Sunshine Beach

    ·Route 622 – Noosa to Maroochydore via Peregian Springs

    ·Route 626 – Sunrise Beach to Tewantin via Noosa Junction

    ·Route 627 – Sunshine Beach to Tewantin via Noosa Junction

    ·Route 628 – Noosa Junction to Parklands via Noosa Civic and Tewantin

    ·Route 629 – Noosa Junction to Tewantin via Noosa Civic

    ·Route 630 – Noosa to Nambour via Eumundi

    ·Route 631 – Noosa to Nambour via Cooroy and Yandina

    ·Route 632 – Noosa to Cooran via Pomona and Tewantin.

    “In line with the opening, there will be additional changes made to some of these routes and passengers are urged to visit the TransLink website or call the call centre for more detail.”

    Councillor Russell Green said coaches and tourism operators will also benefit from the new station, providing a convenient and central location for public transport and tourism in the region.

    “This station will help revitalise Noosa Junction and cater for future public transport growth,” Cr Green said.

    “The station, located at the intersection of Cooyar Street and Sunshine Beach Road, features seven bus bays, drop-off/pick-up facilities for tourist buses, public toilets, three layover bays, a go card ticketing machine, short-term car parks, loading bays for the adjoining shops, public plazas and bicycle storage.

    “I believe the standard of facilities and improved access to bus services will also encourage more residents to try public transport and leave the car at home.”

    Ms Palaszczuk said the Noosa Junction Bus Station is a major investment in public transport for Noosa and the Sunshine Coast by the Queensland Government, Federal Government and Sunshine Coast Council.

    “The State Government, through TransLink, has provided $5 million for the project, along with $3 million from the Federal Government’s $1 billion Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program and the Sunshine Coast Regional Council with $2 million,” she said.

    Federal Infrastructure and Local Government Minister Anthony Albanese said the $3 million in Federal funding was part of the Labor Government efforts to create local jobs while building the infrastructure the region needs for the long term.

    “This new transit hub will provide residents, visitors and tourists with a more seamless transfer to local transport networks,” said Mr Albanese.

    “It will improve safety and accessibility for passengers and cater for future public transport requirements in the growing region.”

    For more information about the services or Community Open Day please visit www.translink.com.auor call 13 12 30 anytime.

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    Media Contact: Linda Whatman 0488 196 896