Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

SwapairportforBruce; Business Group Says Bottleneck Is Killing Coast

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

SwapairportforBruce; Business Group Says Bottleneck Is Killing Coast

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Byline: MEGAN MACKANDER

A SIX-LANE Bruce Hwy upgrade is the top priority for one of the Sunshine Coastas peak business bodies to attract investors to the region.

The Sunshine Coast Business Council believes making the Coast-to-Caboolture stretch six lanes should come before rail or air travel improvements.

The group has had a six-lane highway on the agenda for at least three years.

Chairwoman Sandy Zubrinich believes it is time the Coast had its share of infrastructure funding to ensure the longevity of the local economy.

aInvestors are looking at the infrastructure thatas available in the region and looking at transport,a Ms Zubrinich said.

aIn tough economic times where the Sunshine Coast is battling for scarce funds, the Bruce Hwy is a must do.

aIt is important to have not just highway thatas up to scratch, but an airport too, but by far the Bruce is more important.

aIf we donat get an airport upgrade and the Bruce Hwy links are done, then we are only an hour away from an international airport so we can attract people to the Sunshine Coast with a speedy, comfortable, accessible and convenient link to the airport. …

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