The next round of investigations
On 23 August 2012 the Sunshine Coast Council considered and supported the findings of the Taskforce pre-feasibility study and determined that the Sunshine Coast Light Rail Project should proceed to a full feasibility study and business case - Phase 2.
The business case process will include comprehensive public consultation on routes and options and will be conducted over the next two years at an estimaed cost of $4 million. The costs will be shared between council (funded by its public transport levy) and the Commonwealth Government, who have provided a $500,000 grant under the Liveable Cities Program.
It is proposed to engage professional service providers to undertake detailed feasibility work including engineering field investigations, throughout 2013 and 2014. Requests for proposals from interested providers are expected to be made in early December 2012.
Community engagement during Phase 1 has revealed there is strong interest in the project from the Sunshine Coast Community. This site received thousands of visits and over 200 people registered to be part of the project debate. Many people made formal comments, of which over 90% were supportive of the project.
There will be further consultation as part of Phase 2 based upon consultation on: