Light rail plan on the move
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.”