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Questions to

Ms Carolyn Male
Member for Glasshouse, Queensland Government.

(sent 14.09.07)

Q.    Could you please advise what work is being undertaken at the Landsborough Railway Station.

Q.    Could you specifically mention what is becoming of the original station building.

A.   Landsborough Railway Station Significant work is being done to upgrade the Landsborough Railway Station and surrounding carparks at a cost of over $2.4 million.     In December 2006 I invited the Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Hon Paul Lucas, to come to Landsborough to unveil the designs for the upgrading of the historic Landsborough Railway Station.

This project was part of significant upgrades to meet future needs of the growing area including the replacement of the Beerwah station last year and the duplication of the railway line from Caboolture to Landsborough.   Rail way timetable for duplication of the Caboolture to Beerburrum is 2009 and the next section to Landsborough is 2012.

The existing station, built in the 1890s, is an important piece of local heritage and one of the oldest surviving stations in the state, so Queensland Rail is taking a lot of care to protect its heritage value.

Currently the historic building has been moved from its original site and is being fully renovated – although it will retain its original look.    New features include disabled toilets; disability compliant ticket counter; platform lighting upgrades; new waiting shelters, security, rainwater tanks and new signage.

Work is being undertaken on the platform to eliminate the slope, and once this is completed the existing station building will be moved back into its original location.    This is scheduled to be completed by Nov/Dec this year.     As well as having new entry ramps that will provide better access for disabled users and mums and dads with prams, the work will also include a new car park and bus interchange costing a further $1 million which will be constructed on the eastern side of the railway line.

The design is being finalised (by end of next week) for the bus interchange and car park as well as the new intersection design.    It is hoped that construction can start in early November.     There is also a new smart card ticket machine which will give commuters access to ticket machines 24 hours a day that accept notes and coins, and have advanced touch screen technology.

Queensland Rail has also considered the heritage implications of the old unloading crane which is currently on the western side.   It will be relocated to a prominent position nearer to the level crossing and the historic air raid shelter.    The department will also install some interpretative signage.

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