NICKLIN MPPeter Wellington, former Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey.
NICKLIN MPPeter Wellington, former Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey. Geoff Potter

Three rural Sunshine Coast roads get $1.2m boost

THREE Sunshine Coast rural roads that are drawing ever-increasing traffic volumes have received funding for planning and investigation work from the state budget.

Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey has released $500,000 for a study to determine the best way to upgrade the Obi Obi, a road drawing tourism traffic testing its capacity to cope.

A section of the steep road is single lane and dirt going down and bitumen and one lane coming up.

Nicklin MP Peter Wellington said the road is too steep to ever be consider suitable as a route for tourists towing caravans.

He said the Maleny-Conondale Road and the Kenilworth-Eumundi Roads were safer and better options.

"We will eventually see the dirt road abandoned,'' Mr Wellington said. "The bitumen single-lane could be expanded to become two-way .''

He said he was hopeful the dirt road could used as a corridor by either mountain bike riders or walkers as part of the hinterland Great Walk.

The State Government has allocated $400,000 from the budget to support planning and design work on the Kenilworth-Eumundi Road and a further $330,000 for design work on the Bli Bli to Yandina Road particularly at the one-lane bridge over Caboolture Creek.

Mr Wellington said money was allocated to continue the work on the Woombye train stabling yards, which when completed would see the introduction of an hourly week-day train service between the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.

The balance of funding needed to complete the Nambour Railway Station public lifts and station upgrade has been provided and this project is set for completion in March next year.

The shuttle bus service would continue until the station lifts were operational.



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