News

High-speed rail would deliver $48b in benefits: report

PEOPLE living in northern New South Wales would enjoy some of the key benefits from a high-speed railway linking major cities on the east coast.

A study commissioned by Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt and authored by former Deloitte partner Naomi Edwards shows the rail link would deliver more than $48 billion in benefits over a 30-year period.

These savings would come in the form of reduced car trips ($31 billion); reduced traffic congestion ($11 billion); fewer road accidents ($4 billion), and; reduced greenhouse gas emissions and pollution ($2.64 billion).

The rail link would also have "unquantified benefits", including a number of positives for regional Australia.

These benefits, described as "regional rebalancing", would come in the form of increased work options, boosting tourism and better access to city health and welfare services, the study found.

It would also make living in the regions, where the cost of living is significantly cheaper, a realistic option for people who want to continue their careers in the cities.

While the research did not focus specifically on northern NSW, Ms Edwards' case study of the Melbourne to Canberra route shows what impact the project would have on regional areas.

Ms Edwards' work projects significant gains for the towns of Albury, Wodonga and Shepparton.

The route recommendations contained in the Federal Government's phase one report, released last year, were used for the research.

While just one short list corridor is being considered for the Melbourne to Canberra route, there are five short-listed options for the routes between Newcastle and Brisbane.

Regardless of the selected route there would likely be stations on the Gold Coast, Far North Coast, Northern Rivers and Mid-North Coast.

The rail link, which is projected to cost anywhere between $60 billion and $108 billion depending on the route, would bring some parts of northern NSW to well within an hour of Brisbane and less than three hours from Sydney.

Brisbane to Sydney would become a three-hour trip (it currently takes about 14 hours), with a further three hours to Melbourne.

The HSR phase two report is due to be released before the end of the year.

"High speed rail's time has come. The government now needs to make a clear financial commitment to taking the next steps towards putting high-speed rail in place," Mr Bandt said.

>>See the Greens' report into High Speed Rail's benefits

>>See the High Speed Rail phase one report

Topics:  adam bandt, greens, high-speed rail



Battle of the bands helps musos

Headspace Rockhampton CEO Rod Boddice, Daniel Hughes from Headspace, Sarah Hicks, coordinator of Battle of the Bands and Geoff Green from Green Brothers, a sponsor of battle of the bands.

SARAH Hicks is a believer in the power of music and self-expression.

REVEALED: Why CQ fuel prices are so high

Capricornia Chamber of Commerce Peter Frazer said the economic climate in the region at the moment was linked to the huge problem across the region of fuel drive offs.

Chamber of Commerce talks CQ's high fuel prices

Man caught with knife on riverbank

A man alleged a knife found in his backpack was for cutting food.

Local Partners

Cliff Richard to release 101st album

Sir Cliff Richard's album cover

Sir Cliff Richard is to release his 101st album

CMC Rocks faces fan backlash over date change, headliners

The 10th annual CMC Rocks festival will be headlined by The Dixie Chicks.

FANS are not happy about festival being pushed back by two weeks.

Kim Kardashian West attacked by man trying to kiss her bottom

Vitalii Sediuk targeted Gigi Hadid last week

Madonna poses naked in solidarity with Katy Perry

Madonna posted her own nude selfie on Instagram

Carlos Santana added to Bluesfest 2017 line up

Carlos Santana at Bluesfest 2013.

Calling all local black magic women

Disney to remake 'The Lion King', and it's live-action

The Lion King is coming back to movie theatres

And this time it's going to be live-action.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Projects hoped to revive Rockhampton real estate

There have been just over 800 house sales in Rockhampton this year

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

14% of renovators doing own electrical work?

Landscaping (46%), demolition (43%) and interior design (77%) are also often tackled head on by plucky homeowners.

And 12% said they did their own plumbing work