Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Highway Could Link Up Bundy, Sunshine Coast

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Highway Could Link Up Bundy, Sunshine Coast

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Rae Wilson

APN Newsdesk

A PIE in the sky idea to acquire land for a coastal highway linking the Sunshine Coast to Bundaberg has tentative support from the Deputy Prime Minister and Queensland's tourism industry body.

The idea is set for debate at the Queensland LNP's annual three-day convention, which begins today, after the Wide Bay State Electoral Council suggested state and federal governments consider linking the Cooloola Coast road, near Gympie, with Goodwood Rd, south of Bundaberg.

A spokeswoman for Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, who will address the convention in Brisbane today, said the coastal highway resolution was "worthy of further investigation".

"It's been talked about for a long time. It would have to be shared funding between councils, state and Commonwealth governments," she said.

"But in terms of the costings a[degrees] no business case has been put forward."

Mr Truss, the Federal member for Wide Bay, said another LNP motion up for debate from his local council called for progressively doubling the North Coast Railway Line from north of Caboolture to near Gladstone would mostly fall under State Government jurisdiction but also there was a commercial investigation into the tracks with a report due this year. …

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