Crunch time for Nambour tram plan
NAMBOUR'S heritage-listed cane train tracks could be in use once again if the town's tram proposal gets the nod at a council meeting next week.
Nambour Retailers Group chairwoman Rhonda Billett-Haire said April 23 was "D-Day" for the Nambour Heritage Tram.
If the tram project is approved, Nambour will be the only place in the world where a two-foot (600mm) gauge, battery-packed, solar-replenished tram will operate.
Division 10 councillor Greg Rogerson has been an avid supporter of the project.
"This is probably the biggest project I have been involved in for my community, not in monetary terms but in importance," he said.
"The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.
"The tram is the point of difference Nambour has been seeking since the closure of the Moreton Sugar Mill."
Councillors unanimously agreed in March last year to give "in principle support" for the reactivation of the heritage-listed tracks on Howard St.
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An in-depth feasibility study was also ordered.
Nambour Heritage Tramway Group chairman Paul Moriarty said the study, carried out last October, affirmed the project for a passenger tram was possible.
It would involve three stages.
Stage one would see the tram carrying up to 28 passengers on a 30-minute return journey from the old mill site (Coles supermarket) to the marshalling yards site (in the vicinity of Aldi) at the end of Howard St.
In stages two and three the tramway would continue on to the Nambour Showgrounds before finally linking with a proposed 21km "walk-cycle route" from Nambour through canefields to Coolum.
WHAT YOU SAY
Comments from the Nambour Tram Facebook page:
This will be great if it goes ahead. Easier for the elderly and disabled to get around, tourist attracting and access to all businesses.
This would be so great for Nambour for so many reasons. I pray it happens.
Let's help keep this charming venture alive for Nambour.