Walking plans for rail line

LOCAL residents are being urged to have their say on walking networks as part of Stage 1 of the Direct Sunshine Coast Rail Line (DSC) from Beerwah to Caloundra.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads is developing walking network plans for Beerwah, Caloundra and Aroona stations, and is seeking input about active transport access around the stations.
Community input will help identify key walking routes, access points, safety issues, locations for road crossing points and seating, as well as areas for improvement.
The plans will also consider running and moving with the help of a mobility device such as a wheelchair, mobility scooter, mobility cane or a walking frame.
You can provide input by pinning comments on interactive maps on the project consultation web page (there is a map for
the area around each station).
Go to www.yoursay-projects.tmr.qld.gov.au and follow the links. Consultation closes 16 June 2024.
Once feedback is received from the community, TMR and Sunshine Coast Council will work together to determine which upgrades will be delivered as a part of the DSC project and which upgrades may be delivered in the future under other programs.
The walking network planning builds on consultation undertaken for the DSC Rail Line in 2023.
The DSC Rail Line project, between Beerwah and Birtinya, will be referred for assessment under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
Preliminary works for the $5.5 billion Stage 1 project are underway, which include geotechnical investigations between Beerwah and Birtinya; additional site survey public utility investigations and design flora and fauna mapping; and cultural heritage and environmental investigations.