Mark Jamieson
Mark Jamieson

MAYOR'S VIEW: Choir’s singing for infrastructure

COMMENT BY MAYOR MARK JAMIESON: THIS week I'd like to take you to church.

Picture a choir singing in perfect harmony - every voice clear, as the group of individuals works as one.

Then try to conjure a dozen voices fighting each other to be heard, causing confusion and disharmony.

I guess that's how the expression "singing from the same hymn sheet" came about.

I'll give you an example. The State Government has recently launched a website asking Queenslanders to nominate projects for funding from its planned assets sales.

This provides the Sunshine Coast with a unique opportunity to get much-needed investment in infrastructure.

We'll be competing with every region across Queensland to get our fair share of the $8.6 billion, which is why it's so important for us to speak with one voice.

Council has identified five priorities and would love your support to try to get the State Government's attention.

They include:

The duplication and upgrade of the North Coast rail line between Beerburrum and Nambour.

The inclusion of the upgrade of the Bruce Hwy to six lanes from Caboolture to the Sunshine Coast in the next decade.

Road network upgrades to the Sunshine Coast Mwy and Nicklin Way interchange and the Mooloolah river crossing.

Implementation of the Coast Connect priority bus spine from Caloundra to Maroochydore with a future connection to Noosa.

A funding contribution towards delivering the entertainment, convention and exhibition centre in the Maroochydore Priority Development Area.

The organisation I'd like to raise awareness about all its good work is the Wildlife Volunteers of Yandina.

Better known as WILVOS, these dedicated people devote their time and effort to rescue, rehabilitate and release precious Australian native wildlife across an area of about 6000sqkm, from Gympie to northern Brisbane and west to Kilcoy and Imbil.

If you'd like to volunteer or make a donation go to www.wilvos.org.au.


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