Light rail plan on the move

Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE | BUSINESS -

THE de­liv­ery of a light rail so­lu­tion to help the Sun­shine Coast’s grow­ing pub­lic trans­port de­mands has taken a step for­ward with coun­cil’s en­dorse­ment of the 2017-18 Trans­port Levy Pro­gram.

Sun­shine Coast Coun­cil Trans­port Port­fo­lio Coun­cil­lor Rick Baberowski said the $15 in­crease in the annual Trans­port Levy would go di­rectly to­wards build­ing the Trans­port Fu­tures Fund to fo­cus on de­liv­er­ing the Sun­shine Coast Light Rail Project.

“The fo­cus of our Trans­port Levy is now very much on in­fra­struc­ture and I think the com­mu­nity needs to un­der­stand why,” Cr Baberowski said.

“We have 200,000 new res­i­dents com­ing here over the next 20 years and we are mak­ing a very se­ri­ous com­mit­ment to light rail.

“Through the Trans­port Fu­tures Fund we will be putting a con­tri­bu­tion on the ta­ble as tan­gi­ble ev­i­dence of coun­cil’s sup­port for light rail – its plan­ning and im­ple­men­ta­tion.

“We are no less of a pri­or­ity than other re­gions ex­pe­ri­enc­ing size­able growth.

Since its in­tro­duc­tion, the annual Trans­port Levy funds have in­creased coun­cil’s abil­ity to achieve long-term trans­port out­comes for the Coast.

This year the Trans­port Levy will move to $42, rais­ing an es­ti­mated $5.7 mil­lion, tak­ing the Trans­port Fu­tures Fund to an es­ti­mated $9 mil­lion.

Cr Baberowski said he was pleased with the pro­gram’s achieve­ments to date.

“The Trans­port Levy re­port helps the com­mu­nity un­der­stand ex­actly how and where coun­cil is in­vest­ing levy funds and demon­strates we are do­ing some out­stand­ing things for our com­mu­nity in the trans­port space.”

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