A plan to boost tourism in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and keep grey nomads off the notorious Bruce Highway has been given a boost.
The government has reaffirmed its commitment to help upgrade the Noosa to Cooloola Coast road link, offering $2 million towards sealing the road from Noosa to Tin Can Bay.
“The upgraded road will generate more tourism opportunities by making the Sunshine, Cooloola and Fraser coasts more accessible via a sealed coastal road alternative to the Bruce Highway,” said Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester.
Plans for a sealed coastal link have been under discussion since 1985 but the renewed funding commitment could finally get it over the line, with the Noosa and Gympie regional councils expected to play a lead role in undertaking the works.
Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien said connecting many of the region’s coastal tourism attractions would provide a real boost to local communities.
“The new road will allow all road users to travel between Maryborough, Tin Can Bay, Cooloola Cove, Rainbow Beach, Kin Kin and Noosa without having to travel on the Bruce Highway,” Mr O’Brien said. “Opening up this beautiful region to more tourists and locals will provide more opportunities for regional businesses, agriculture and tourism.”