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Fast Rail from Brisbane to Sunshine Coast Could Become a Reality



Fast Rail from Brisbane to Sunshine Coast Could Become a Reality
The Federal Government is evaluating a fast rail project that could connect Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast in as little as 45 minutes.

A consortium of planners has developed the confidential plan according to The Courier-Mail.

The plan, North Coast Connect, would be the first rail link between Brisbane and Maroochydore. It would create 200km of fast rail saving about two hours’ travel time on a return trip.

The project has been submitted by Stockland, Smec, Urbis and KPMG, and reportedly has the backing of 26 Queensland federal parliamentarians, who are demanding the Prime Minister give Queensland a majority slice of $10 billion set aside under its National Rail Program.

It is understood the project has been short-listed by the Government.

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Member for Fairfax Ted O’Brien, who has been driving the project on behalf of the LNP, said that the “Team Queensland” parliamentarians “are going after this one hard”.

“With $10 billion available from the Turnbull Government, we need to be advocating for billions, not millions,’’ O’Brien said.

“Fast rail means people can live, work and play where they want, without the stress of excessive commuting times.

“It will expand job and study options, enable more lifestyle choice and build an economically strong and user-friendly southeast corner.

“If we can get fast rail, as opposed to standard 100-year-old rail, we’ll see people wake up in Nambour at 7 o’clock and be at their desk in Brisbane by 8 o’clock.

O’Brien said the project could cost anywhere between $3-$5 billion, and would have the potential to create thousands of jobs, relieve pressure on the Bruce Highway and revitalise Nambour.

Stage 1 would include an upgrade of the existing line from Brisbane to Beerburrum. Stage 2 from Beerburrum to Nambour would entail new rail and upgrades of existing rail, and Stage 3 from Beerwah to Maroochydore would include a 40km spur line branching off the North Coast Line.

North Coast Connect is the only Queensland fast rail project to be short-listed along with 10 others vying for three business cases that the Commonwealth will consider funding.

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Brisbane Set to Receive Australia’s Largest Performing Arts Venue



Brisbane Set to Receive Australia’s Largest Performing Arts Venue

A new $150 million theatre to be built on the heritage-listed cultural precinct at South Bank will be funded in part by the Queensland government.

The Labor government will allocate $125 million in the Queensland budget and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre will contribute the remaining $25 million for the 1500-1700-seat theatre, which will be built on the Playhouse Green site.

The addition of the proposed venue would make QPAC the largest performing arts space in Australia.

The Queensland Premier said the new venue would support the state’s four home companies – Queensland Ballet, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Opera Queensland and Queensland Theatre – by providing access across five QPAC venues.

“Building a new theatre is a must to ensure we can keep attracting even more big shows and more visitors to our capital city,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

“A national design competition would be undertaken to deliver an outstanding architectural solution for the new theatre.”

Brisbane Set to Receive Australia’s Largest Performing Arts Venue

Cuba’s Ballet Revolución recently played at Brisbane’s QPAC, the Queensland Ballet is one of the state’s four home companies that calls QPAC home.

The new theatre has been scheduled for completion in 2022 and would represent the largest investment in the arts since the Gallery of Modern Art was completed in 2006.

The state opposition has criticised the announcement, instead getting behind a market-led proposal by Sydney-based Foundation Theatres.

The proposed $100 million theatre on the old State Library site adjacent to Queen’s Wharf which would have required $25 million in taxpayer funds.

“The LNP has been calling for a new theatre for the last three years,” Dr Rowan said.

“It’s staggering that taxpayers are going to fork out for this theatre when a privately-funded proposal has already been lodged.”

On the weekend the Premier insisted that proposal was “still in play”.

“If they still want to pursue that they can,” Palaszczuk said.

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said the new theatre would be a wonderful addition to the Queensland Cultural Centre that last year saw 6.5 million visitors.

“The new theatre will further enhance visitor attraction to the Centre, and with the growth of our local companies, we want as many visitors and tourists to experience our local artists and performing arts product as possible,” Trad said.

“QPAC schedules over 1000 performances annually and saw 1.3 million people through its doors in 2017.

“Its current theatres are nearing capacity, however with the addition of this new theatre QPAC would become Australia’s largest performing arts centre with the potential to welcome an additional 300,000 visitors each year when fully operational from 2022.”


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Queensland Project Pipeline at Risk of Stalling



Queensland Project Pipeline at Risk of Stalling

A string of major infrastructure projects in Queensland are at risk of stalling over the next two years, due to reluctant investment from the private sector.

A new report compiled by BIS-Oxford Economics has warned of a reversal in fortunes for the Palaszczuk Government’s Market-Led Proposals program with a lack of funding and viable projects coming through.

The Queensland Major Projects Pipeline Report has revealed that 48 per cent of 190 potential projects, worth a combined $39.9 billion, are without funding, with $7 billion worth marked as unlikely to proceed.

The report is critical of the Palaszczuk Government, which has so far only had two projects approved – the Logan Motorway enhancement and the new Brisbane International Cruise Terminal.

Queensland Project Pipeline at Risk of Stalling

It has been estimated by 2035 Brisbane Airport’s new runway will lead to the creation of 7,800 new jobs and contribute an additional $5 billion to the region.


Brisbane Airport parallel runway phase 2 $830m

Ipswich Motorway (Rocklea-Darra stage 1) $400m

Toowoomba Second Range Crossing $1.6bn

Bruce Highway (Caloundra Road – Sunshine Motorway) $929m


Sunshine Coast Airport new runway $297m

Cross River Rail (tunnel/underground stations) $4.5bn

Brisbane International Cruise Terminal $150m

Singapore military training (Townsville/Rockhampton) $1.6bn


Brisbane Metro $944m

Bruce Highway (Cooroy-Curra section D) $1bn

Inland Rail (3 Queensland sections) $5.25bn

Burdekin Falls Dam $330m


Gold Coast Light Rail stage 3 $500m

Cairns Cruise Terminal expansion 120m

Rockwood Weir $352m


Sunshine Coast rail line duplication $780m

Centenary Highway bus lanes (Ipswich Motorway – Toowong) $400m

Eagle Downs coal mine (Moranbah) $1.25bn


Ipswich Motorway (Rocklea-Darra further stages) $1.4bn

Sunshine Coast Light Rail $500m

Gold Coast Cruise Terminal $120m

Adani mine (stage 1) rail/port expansion $8.7bn

Queensland Project Pipeline at Risk of Stalling

The proposed $150m Brisbane International Cruise Terminal remains under procurement.

Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said major project work had risen by 58 per cent in 2017–18, with activity in 2018–19 forecast at a similar level.

“While the report says maintaining this momentum may be a challenge, I’m confident our upcoming Budget’s $45 billion of infrastructure over the next four years, plus our other job-supporting initiatives, will be the stimulus needed to keep the economy on the up,” said Dick.

“I note the report highlights lower levels of private sector investment than in previous years, and that’s why the Queensland Government remains committed to infrastructure investment. ”

Queensland Project Pipeline at Risk of Stalling

Queensland has about two years of major infrastructure and development projects on the cards including the Cross River Rail.

The report goes on to highlight that the value of public sector projects with committed funds or currently under procurement outweighs the private sector by six to one in Queensland.

“Queensland needs to keep focused on finding good, investable projects so the pipeline doesn’t dry up. When projects already in development are accounted for, Queensland has only 12 out of 96 projects identified for investment on the current National Infrastructure Priority List,” Infrastructure Association of Queensland chief executive Steve Abson said.

“This level of projects coming through is two to three times lower than we’d prefer to see.”

While Queensland’s projects continue to stall, New South Wales and Victoria continue to deliver large-scale infrastructure through innovative private sector funding.

“The challenge is to understand the barriers that are preventing greater private investment in existing or new private infrastructure – be that regulations, approvals, risk on financial return, perception of sovereign risk or confidence in the long-term outlook for the region,” said Abson.


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Council resumes houses to deliver $40 million road upgrade



Council resumes houses to deliver $40 million road upgrade

Artist’s impression of the Murphy and Ellison roads upgrade.

Photo: Brisbane City Council

More than 25 property resumptions are required to widen a road that carries 37,000 motorists a day in Brisbane’s north.

The $40 million upgrade to Murphy and Ellison roads at Geebung would require Brisbane City Council to resume nine homes as well as parts of 17 other properties.

The council’s infrastructure chairwoman Amanda Cooper said the council had already started the resumptions.

“We obviously have to widen the corridor and to widen the corridor we have to acquire some land,” she said.

“Council is already in discussion with all of those nine property owners and they have been working very productively with council, three of those are already complete.”


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