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« Reply #40 on: February 25, 2016, 03:59:46 AM »
A lack of train services Nambour-Gympie North is being filled by a range of private operators.  The airport shuttles now also operate to SC hospitals for patients who, due to medical conditions, cannot travel by private car.

http://activetransfers.com.au/timetable
http://www.usc.edu.au/explore/campus/transport/usc-express-shuttle
https://www.airshuttle.com.au

An ICE train will be freed up once Kippa Ring services start up and Caboolture-Nambour shuttles cease – rumours it could be available for additional shuttle to Gympie North, linking to trains and buses at Nambour.  What are its chances, competing with freight services on the single track?

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« Reply #41 on: November 11, 2016, 04:48:11 AM »
Apparently the community groups in the various towns along the line between Nambour and Gympie North are talking with each other about a joint approach to government to have shuttles operating -- obviously once there are sufficient drivers and trains to make it work.

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« Reply #42 on: November 11, 2016, 05:45:44 AM »
Apparently the community groups in the various towns along the line between Nambour and Gympie North are talking with each other about a joint approach to government to have shuttles operating -- obviously once there are sufficient drivers and trains to make it work.

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« Reply #43 on: November 11, 2016, 07:43:58 AM »
It is brain-snapping however that we have to continue lobbying for upgrading the services between Nambour and Gympie North.  The infrastructure is in place.  The residents would dearly love to be able to travel by safe rail to hospital appointments, shopping, social and so forth.  There is a very strange mentality in TMR I am afraid. 
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« Reply #44 on: November 11, 2016, 08:15:29 AM »
The extra 4 seats in the Parliament will result in one new seat for the Sunny Coast, so there might be incentives for the political parties to re-focus on important local issues.  The Noosa TAFE has closed down -- forcing TAFE students to have to travel to Gympie, Nambour and Maroochydore for study.

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« Reply #46 on: December 22, 2018, 08:15:28 AM »
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Unreliability of Gympie North rail service is a major concern

Good Morning,

We have noticed the increasing unreliability of the rail services between Gympie North and Brisbane. It seems that almost daily there are disruptions to the two daily services.  We understand that ICE (InterCity Express) are normally rostered for these services but the ICE trains are constantly breaking down.  Because of train operation requirements north of Nambour ICE trains continue to be rostered even though they are no longer reliable.  What is going to be done in the medium term? Are there plans to replace the ICE trains with IMUs or NGRs?

Stations between Gympie North and Nambour are being upgraded. We believe it might be time to introduce more regular rail shuttle services between Nambour and Gympie North,  to connect with services at Nambour.  The Sunshine Coast hinterland community deserves a more frequent, and a more reliable rail service, than the present infrequent unreliable service being offered.  It is a disgrace.

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« Reply #47 on: December 22, 2018, 08:18:59 AM »
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« Reply #48 on: December 26, 2018, 02:10:07 AM »
Letter to the Editor Queensland Times 26th December 2018 page 17

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« Reply #49 on: January 16, 2019, 02:18:23 AM »
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Unreliability of Gympie North rail service is a major concern - is Queensland Rail up to it?

Good Morning,

We are now acutely concerned for the future of the Gympie North Citytrain services.

Yesterday evening there was yet another cancellation of the service from Brisbane to Gympie North
 
" 5.45pm Roma Street to Gympie North train will be cancelled at Nambour due to a rostering change. Buses have been arranged to transport customers from Nambour Station to Gympie North Station. "

It is rare these days if the two daily services to and from Gympie North from Brisbane actually make it on time or if at all.  There is no on-time running performance data published for the Gympie North line, it is buried in the Sunshine Coast data.

The major issue with the Gympie North services has been the failure with rollingstock fleet management in ensuring that trains with ATP capability are available to replace the failing ICE trains, which is the usual cause of the service failure these days.  Non ATP equipped trains north of Nambour require three person crews, this is yet another sad indictment on the failure to prepare by Queensland Rail. So the ICE are flogged to the point of failure.

It is time to ask whether Queensland Rail is actually up to task of delivering rail services for SEQ in the longer term.  Reduced service timetables now for years, constant rollingstock issues compounded by rostering issues, massaged on-time running data.

We saw the effect of a ' 20 minute comfort break ' in terms of rostering - it broke the network in October 2016.  How will the introduction of second meal break per shift not do the same in February 2019?  Is this why we still have the reduced service railfail timetables?

The Queensland Government needs to act decisively from here to sort out the failed rail operation.

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Unreliability of Gympie North rail service is a major concern

Good Morning,

We have noticed the increasing unreliability of the rail services between Gympie North and Brisbane. It seems that almost daily there are disruptions to the two daily services.  We understand that ICE (InterCity Express) are normally rostered for these services but the ICE trains are constantly breaking down.  Because of train operation requirements north of Nambour ICE trains continue to be rostered even though they are no longer reliable.  What is going to be done in the medium term? Are there plans to replace the ICE trains with IMUs or NGRs?

Stations between Gympie North and Nambour are being upgraded. We believe it might be time to introduce more regular rail shuttle services between Nambour and Gympie North,  to connect with services at Nambour.  The Sunshine Coast hinterland community deserves a more frequent, and a more reliable rail service, than the present infrequent unreliable service being offered.  It is a disgrace.

Thank you.

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« Reply #54 on: January 18, 2019, 05:42:32 AM »
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« Reply #55 on: January 18, 2019, 06:04:48 AM »
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« Reply #56 on: January 18, 2019, 06:20:46 AM »
"The 9.29am Roma Street to Gympie North train is delayed 15 minutes due to a rollingstock issue."

QR spokesperson on ABC Sunshine Coast radio today said that 93 per cent on-time running performance for the SCL was 'not good enough' and said they were aiming to get the figure up to 95 per cent.  Of course this is a blurring of the facts.  Somehow we need to isolate the performance of the Gympie North trains on the Nambour-Gympie North sector.  That would reveal a shambolic service riddled by delays.  And they only have two return services a day to muck up!

^

I have made a request to Queensland Rail for OTR data for the last six months for the Gympie North services.  No response yet.

If nothing is forthcoming in a reasonable period I will be putting in a RTI.

See > https://railbotforum.org/mbs/index.php?topic=13328.msg218457#msg218457

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Have also requested that Gympie North be separated out for monthly OTR reports for individual lines.

See > https://railbotforum.org/mbs/index.php?topic=13328.msg218458#msg218458

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« Reply #57 on: January 18, 2019, 11:27:52 AM »


Media release 1st September 2012

SEQ: Nambour - Gympie North, more rail services needed.

RAIL Back On Track (http://backontrack.org) a web based community support group for rail and public transport and an advocate for public transport passengers has called for some more weekday rail services between Nambour and Gympie North (1).

Robert Dow, Spokesman for RAIL Back On Track said:

"Following discussions with citizens at Pomona recently, it is clear that there is a need for some rail shuttle services between Nambour and Gympie. This has been raised before by RAIL Back On Track and others (1). There are plenty of train-paths available for more services north of Nambour."

"The population on the Sunshine Coast and hinterland is expanding and the population is aging.  Many citizens are no longer able to drive or choose not to drive cars.

"A lot of people in towns like Gympie, Pomona, Cooroy, Cooran and so forth travel locally, particularly to and from Nambour for medical appointments, business and social reasons."

"A service that departs Nambour say around 7am, for a return from Gympie North at around 8.30am would be very useful for the community."

"Similarly a service that departs Nambour say around 4.30pm for return from Gympie North at 6pm."

"The present limited rail weekday services are departures from Nambour at 11.30am and 7.36pm and departures from Gympie North 5.56am and 1.20pm (2). Keep these as is, but add in the two proposed shuttle services."

"This would have a tremendous positive impact in this part of Queensland in terms of improved mobility and would provide a safe option for travel other than the very dangerous roads. The infrastructure is there; stations and track, time it was properly used!"

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1. http://railbotforum.org/mbs/index.php?topic=4615.msg36068#msg36068

2. http://translink.com.au/resources/travel-information/network-information/timetables/120723-sunshine-coast-line.pdf

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The present Citytrain rail services to and from Gympie North and Nambour are timed for one hour and one minute, all stations.

So a shuttle service Nambour <> Gympie North could operate at 3 hour frequency.

So depart Gympie North 5.30am, 8.30am, 11.30am, 2.30pm, 5.30pm.

Depart Nambour  7am, 10am, 1pm, 4pm, 7pm.

These are just hypothetical, actual timings would need adjustments of course, but I think the principle of 3 hour frequency is sound.

Under this scenario, through services Gympie North <> Roma St  would cease.
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« Reply #58 on: January 18, 2019, 11:24:20 PM »
Would there be enough room to fit a six-car train at the southern end of the Nambour platform and a three-car train at the northern end?

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« Reply #59 on: January 19, 2019, 02:13:15 AM »
Would there be enough room to fit a six-car train at the southern end of the Nambour platform and a three-car train at the northern end?

Yes.
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« Reply #60 on: January 19, 2019, 06:18:54 AM »
Mr Stillwater would you happen to have the current populations of the towns on the railway from Gympie <> Nambour (including Nambour).

It covers two council areas as I understand, I thought you might have them.  Town populations and wider catchment populations?

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« Reply #61 on: January 19, 2019, 09:07:23 AM »
https://www.facebook.com/RAILBackOnTrack/posts/2419454511402055?comment_id=2424048794275960

RAIL - Back On Track We believe it is time for rail regular shuttles between Nambour and Gympie North. The surging population, the tourist industry needs connectivity north <> south. Access to Nambour for the towns in hinterland is important for medical, and community reasons.

3 car IMU 100 would be perfect, particularly if finally fitted out with ATP.

This is supported by both regional councils and the community.

The present Citytrain rail services to and from Gympie North and Nambour are timed for one hour and one minute, all stations.

So a shuttle service Nambour <> Gympie North could operate at 3 hour frequency.

So depart Gympie North 5.30am, 8.30am, 11.30am, 2.30pm, 5.30pm.

Depart Nambour 7am, 10am, 1pm, 4pm, 7pm.

These are just hypothetical, actual timings would need adjustments of course, but I think the principle of 3 hour frequency is sound.

Under this scenario, through services Gympie North <> Roma St would cease.

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« Reply #62 on: January 19, 2019, 10:05:26 AM »
So heading north of Petrie will be something like this?
(assuming Beerburrum - Landsborough duplicated, 30 min frequency to Caboolture)
Caboolture✓
Landsborough
Nambour
Gympie North*
*connects with Nambour-Gympie North shuttle service
Do I really need to clarify?
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« Reply #63 on: January 19, 2019, 12:56:50 PM »
POPULATION STATS
Nambour has a population of 17,500, but the prediction is this will grow by 5845 (a 34 per cent growth) to reach 23,150 by 2026. The Sunshine Coast Daily today reveals plans for the Nambour CBD to become only the second place outside Brisbane's Fortitude Valley in SEQ to be declared an official entertainment precinct, with relaxed development approval requirements for cafes, restaurants and nightlife venues.  The paper also reveals plans for the SCC offices in Nambour (where the majority of council workers are accommodated) will become a School of Creative Music once council workers move to their new digs in the Maroochydore Town Centre in about 2-3 years time.  Hundreds of students will train there. Nambour also is the location of a large TAFE campus and the Nambour Railway Station the terminus of buses taking students to the University of the Sunshine Coast Campus at Sippy Downs.

Nambour is the service town for the Blackall Range towns (Flaxton, Mapleton, Montville etc).  Those towns and villages (excluding Maleny, which tends to have Caloundra as its service centre) would be of the order of 5000.

Yandina-Traveston:  Together, these hinterland towns have a population of 28,000, but the influx of people swells on Wednesdays and Saturdays when the Eumundi Markets are held and when the Yandina Markets attract large crowds too.  Noosa Council has agreed to plan for an extra 10,000 people under the SEQ Plan, with about 7000 of those being accommodated in infill residential housing around Cooroy and Pomona.  (So the population planning figure is 35,000).

Gympie: Population 22,000, with a population growth above the state average.  The total population in Gympie Regional Council area, including the Mary Valley and Tin Can Bay / Rainbow Beach is 50,000.

It should be noted that Gympie has a campus of the USC and the University, in recognition of the lack of connectivity between its Gympie and Sippy Downs campuses, subsidises the operation of four return bus services a day (Gympie-Sippy Downs), via Cooroy and Pomona.

Ballpark figure: Adding in the populations of Nambour and Gympie, overall, a population of more than 85,000.  With the Nambour population taken out of the equation - more than 62,000 in 2026.

Additional info:  Gympie Regional Council's total population (including outlying areas) will be 67,373 in 2031.
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« Reply #64 on: January 19, 2019, 01:12:41 PM »
^ thanks.  And when you take in account tourist numbers and wider catchment it is a strong case and improved rail connectivity well overdue.  We were suggesting shuttles in 2009, ten years ago!  When I did those go card information sessions c. 2009 in some of the rail towns north of Nambour the locals were pleading for support for more rail services then.  At least the day service was introduced in June 2011, but seriously this is now years late and upgrade well over due..

Imagine the positive impact of the lives of the residents and the economic benefit of a daily influx of visitors to towns such as Cooran, Pomona, Cooroy, Eumundi by regular rail shuttles.  Day trips from Brisbane would become a real proposition.

This is one of my main priorities for 2019, making a case for improved rail between Gympie North and Nambour.
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« Reply #65 on: January 19, 2019, 01:29:47 PM »
Facebook post going better than the ICE in 2011!   :-t


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« Reply #66 on: January 19, 2019, 02:14:18 PM »
This information is pertinent also:

Noosa Council commissioned consultants Parsons Brinkerhoff to prepare background material that helped inform development of the Noosa Sustainable Transport Strategy.

The Council website material regarding the strategy included a Working Paper No.2 – Vision and Strategy document that proposes better, more convenient bus-rail connectivity to the Cooran, Pomona and Cooroy railway stations among its recommendations.
 
A ‘partnership association’ is discussed also, possibly involving Gympie, Noosa and Sunshine Coast councils in working constructively with TransLink to improve the frequency of passenger trains operating between Gympie North and Nambour railway stations.

Improved frequency of train services between Nambour and Gympie North also has the backing of the key industry group, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ).

CCIQ wrote (on page 6) of its submission to the Newman Government’s Strong Choices policy development process (September 2014), these words:
 
"As the Sunshine Coast is eager to promote itself as a lifestyle destination within commuting distance of the Brisbane CBD, it is necessary to increase the frequency of commuter services and extend services on existing lines (e.g. extend more than two peak services daily beyond Nambour) ...”

In its own survey of the situation, Queensland Rail wrote in its Rail Service and Infrastructure Requirements Study: “Inter-City Express (ICE) trains provide insufficient capacity for the demand from Gympie and Nambour. The passenger capacity of the ICE cars is less than ½ of standard IMUs/EMUs, while consuming the same infrastructure capacity. This is a significant constraint for future operations.”

The debate must move beyond words to a Plan of Action, for implementation.


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« Reply #67 on: January 19, 2019, 02:52:38 PM »
^ thanks for that additional information Mr Stillwater, that will be useful.

Please check this list of State Electorates.

Major ones of interest:

Gympie
Noosa
Nicklin
Ninderry
Glasshouse
 
Related electorates:

Buderim
Kawana
Caloundra
Pumicestone

Is this right?

Councils:

Gympie Regional Council > https://www.gympie.qld.gov.au/contact-us

Noosa Shire Council > https://www.noosa.qld.gov.au/

Sunshine Coast Council > https://www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/

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Council of Mayors SEQ > https://seqmayors.qld.gov.au/
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« Reply #69 on: January 20, 2019, 02:08:29 AM »
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Improving rail services between Nambour and Gympie North

Good Morning,

We believe it is time for rail regular shuttles between Nambour and Gympie North. The surging population, the tourist industry needs connectivity north <> south. Access to Nambour for the towns in hinterland is important for medical, and community reasons.

3 car IMU 100 would be perfect, particularly if finally fitted out with ATP.

This is supported by regional councils and the community.

The present Citytrain rail services to and from Gympie North and Nambour are timed for one hour and one minute, all stations.

So a shuttle service Nambour <> Gympie North could operate at 3 hour frequency.

So depart Gympie North 5.30am, 8.30am, 11.30am, 2.30pm, 5.30pm.

Depart Nambour 7am, 10am, 1pm, 4pm, 7pm.

These are just hypothetical, actual timings would need adjustments of course, but we think the principle of 3 hour frequency is sound.

Under this scenario, through services Gympie North <> Roma St would cease.

For detailed discussion see > https://railbotforum.org/mbs/index.php?topic=9032.msg218527#msg218527

Best wishes,

Robert

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16th January 2019

Unreliability of Gympie North rail service is a major concern - is Queensland Rail up to it?

Good Morning,

We are now acutely concerned for the future of the Gympie North Citytrain services.

Yesterday evening there was yet another cancellation of the service from Brisbane to Gympie North
 
" 5.45pm Roma Street to Gympie North train will be cancelled at Nambour due to a rostering change. Buses have been arranged to transport customers from Nambour Station to Gympie North Station. "

It is rare these days if the two daily services to and from Gympie North from Brisbane actually make it on time or if at all.  There is no on-time running performance data published for the Gympie North line, it is buried in the Sunshine Coast data.

The major issue with the Gympie North services has been the failure with rollingstock fleet management in ensuring that trains with ATP capability are available to replace the failing ICE trains, which is the usual cause of the service failure these days.  Non ATP equipped trains north of Nambour require three person crews, this is yet another sad indictment on the failure to prepare by Queensland Rail. So the ICE are flogged to the point of failure.

It is time to ask whether Queensland Rail is actually up to task of delivering rail services for SEQ in the longer term.  Reduced service timetables now for years, constant rollingstock issues compounded by rostering issues, massaged on-time running data.

We saw the effect of a ' 20 minute comfort break ' in terms of rostering - it broke the network in October 2016.  How will the introduction of second meal break per shift not do the same in February 2019?  Is this why we still have the reduced service railfail timetables?

The Queensland Government needs to act decisively from here to sort out the failed rail operation.

Best wishes,
Robert

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Unreliability of Gympie North rail service is a major concern

Good Morning,

We have noticed the increasing unreliability of the rail services between Gympie North and Brisbane. It seems that almost daily there are disruptions to the two daily services.  We understand that ICE (InterCity Express) are normally rostered for these services but the ICE trains are constantly breaking down.  Because of train operation requirements north of Nambour ICE trains continue to be rostered even though they are no longer reliable.  What is going to be done in the medium term? Are there plans to replace the ICE trains with IMUs or NGRs?

Stations between Gympie North and Nambour are being upgraded. We believe it might be time to introduce more regular rail shuttle services between Nambour and Gympie North,  to connect with services at Nambour.  The Sunshine Coast hinterland community deserves a more frequent, and a more reliable rail service, than the present infrequent unreliable service being offered.  It is a disgrace.

Thank you.

Robert

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« Reply #70 on: January 20, 2019, 02:26:35 AM »
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Re: Improving services Sunshine Coast line
« Reply #71 on: January 20, 2019, 06:29:02 AM »
Draft Letter to the Editor:

Improving rail services between Gympie North and Nambour

Dear Editor,

The Sunshine Coast community and public transport advocates are very concerned with the ongoing issues with reliability of the two daily trains between Gympie North and Brisbane.  The aged InterCity Express (ICE) trains which normally are rostered for these services are due for replacement, but delays with the new trains have kept them in service longer than they should have been, and the ICE trains regularly fail leading to service delays and cancellations.  Some people have been forced to give up the rail commute because of the problems.

With the station upgrades at Cooran (completed) and Pomona (underway) the time is right to set up the Sunshine Coast for better services.

We propose that Queensland Rail introduce rail shuttle services between Gympie North and Nambour, to connect to the more frequent Nambour to Brisbane services. Shuttle services, similar in operation as the Ipswich - Rosewood service, could operate at 3 hour intervals, using Interurban Multiple Unit (IMU) 100 class trains.

We suggest trains depart Gympie North 5.30am, 8.30am, 11.30am, 2.30pm, 5.30pm.
Depart Nambour 7am, 10am, 1pm, 4pm, 7pm.

The surging population, the tourist industry needs connectivity north <> south. Access to Nambour for the towns north along the railway is important for medical, and community reasons. Imagine the positive impact of the lives of the residents and the economic benefit of a daily influx of visitors to towns such as Cooran, Pomona, Cooroy, Eumundi by regular rail shuttles.  Day trips from Brisbane would become a real proposition and could and would be promoted.

The Gold Coast has had very significant investment and improvements in public transport with excellent results.  But it is time that the Sunshine Coast's public transport was improved. The railway line is in place, stations are ready, all we need is more train services.

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« Reply #72 on: January 20, 2019, 06:44:00 AM »

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Cooroy Station will get a new bus interchange as part of an intersection upgrade for the town. Let’s get that right so there is good interconnectivity between buses and more frequent trains.

https://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Projects/Name/C/Cooroy-intersection-improvements
(Click on Elm and Diamond St link to see detailed diagram.)

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« Reply #73 on: January 20, 2019, 07:16:50 AM »
Better rail services would serve the large number of new retirees heading to Noosa, including its hinterland towns.

Noosa is the third most popular location in Queensland for retirees to shift to and live. (After Hinchinbrook and Fraser Coast/Hervey Bay.)

Courier-Mail story …

THE most popular council areas for over-65s to retire in Queensland have been revealed — and almost all are in regional coastal areas.

Analysing ABS data, property research company CoreLogic has found retirees are shunning the ‘big smoke’ in favour of a quiet coastal lifestyle in the state’s regions.
Thirteen Queensland councils have more than 20 per cent of their population aged 65 or over, and all of them are outside major metropolitan centres.

Of the top 10 most popular places to retire in the state, half are in the Wide Bay-Burnett region.

Topping the list is Hinchinbrook, about an hour’s drive north of Townsville.

More than a quarter (26.3 per cent) of residents in the region are retirees over the age of 65.

The Fraser Coast region is the next most popular among retirees, with 25.4 per cent of its 102,953 residents aged 65 or over.

“The Fraser Coast has been a retirement hotspot for some time, even though only a quarter of the population is over 65,” CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher said.

Noosa came a close third, with more than 23 per cent of its residents retired and over the age of 65.

Of the top 20 council areas with the highest number of retirees over 65, Scenic Rim experienced the biggest growth in house values in the past 12 months, with its median house price rising 21.5 per cent.

Not surprisingly, Noosa has seen the highest house price growth in the past five years of nearly 30 per cent, and it has the most expensive median house price on the list of $647,657.
It’s also the third most popular spot for retirees over the age of 65 in the state, with 23.3 per cent of them living in the affluent coastal hotspot.

“I think most people would love to live in Noosa, but it’s only when you’re old and wealthy that you can afford to do it!” Mr Kusher said.

Mr Kusher said there was also a trend among retirees who had lived in the same area all their lives choosing to stay there, particularly in more rural, agricultural areas like Hinchinbrook and North Burnett and South Burnett.

“These are also areas that don’t have a lot on offer for younger people, so you probably see more of the younger population leaving, whereas the older people who’ve lived there for many years, in a lot of instances, end up staying in the regions,” he said.

Mr Kusher said the rise of flexible working arrangements could result in more people moving to the regions to live and retire, particularly coastal and tree change areas that were significantly cheaper than the capital cities.

“I think these areas will grow in popularity,” he said.



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Re: Improving services Sunshine Coast line
« Reply #74 on: January 20, 2019, 08:31:19 AM »

 :-t
Cooroy Station will get a new bus interchange as part of an intersection upgrade for the town. Let’s get that right so there is good interconnectivity between buses and more frequent trains.

https://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Projects/Name/C/Cooroy-intersection-improvements
(Click on Elm and Diamond St link to see detailed diagram.)

https://www.facebook.com/TMRQld/posts/have-your-say-on-proposed-cooroy-intersection-improvements/2065252043517668

Sadly, no funding for any of the proposals.
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Community feedback
We value your input and welcome feedback about the proposed future intersection upgrades. TMR representatives will be available by appointment to meet. Please call 5451 7055 to arrange an appointment.

You may wish to email feedback to northcoast@tmr.qld.gov.au or send a letter to:

Cooroy intersection improvements
Department of Transport and Main Roads
North Coast District
Reply Paid 86152
SUNSHINE PLAZA Qld 4558

The feedback submission period has been extended until Monday 18 February 2019.

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The investigations currently underway are an important first step towards future intersection upgrades. There is currently no funding allocated to complete detailed design or construction of the project. This work will be considered in the future, after assessment of competing priorities and depending on funding availability.
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« Reply #75 on: January 20, 2019, 09:44:39 AM »
Facebook post going better than the ICE in 2011!   :-t


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« Reply #76 on: January 21, 2019, 04:54:43 AM »
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« Reply #77 on: January 21, 2019, 03:11:46 PM »
Interview with Nick King EGM Citytrain and Robert Blackmore ABC Sunshine Coast Breakfast 17th Jan 2019

Interview --> https://backontrack.org/docs/sc/abcsc_nk17jan19.mp3 MP3 7.6 MB

Nick refers to the OTR for the Sunshine Coast line.  I have requested OTR for the Gympie North services.
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« Reply #78 on: January 22, 2019, 01:54:43 AM »
Letter to the Editor Queensland Times 22nd January 2019 page 17

Rail line reliability remains a concern

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