- Wednesday 23 July 2014
The position council is advocating – and which I support – is Beerwah East (between Beerwah and the highway) should be the preferred area of investigation. Remember, designation as an investigation area does not confer development rights and does not exclude alternatives to this site or Hall's Creek.
Road infrastructure already exists in Beerwah East and development would help trigger upgrades to roads such as the Steve Irwin Way and Bruce Highway.
Beerwah East is located on the CAMCOS transport corridor: the future rail route connecting the hinterland to Caloundra, Kawana and Maroochydore. Rail routes need to have residential development concentrated around them to make them viable. Until Beerwah East is developed it is unlikely that we will be able to make the economics work for this rail extension. The site also has easy access to the adjacent North Coast rail line.
In future columns, I will cover the economic, inter-urban break and environmental values of the Beerwah East area.
Queensland Air Museum 40th Anniversary
Last Saturday I had the pleasure of attending the 40th anniversary celebrations as part of the open cockpit event at our Air Museum.
Being a fine day the crowds were exceptional and keen to climb aboard the various exhibits; it was not surprising that the longest line-up was for a turn in the star exhibit of the F1-11 jet. The place was buzzing and a testament to this dedicated band of volunteers who have developed this remarkable collection since 1974.
Congratulations to all involved and I'm looking forward to working with the museum to help take this facility to national prominence.
First appeared in Caloundra Weekly on July 16