Coast calls on PM to throw down some funding as well as a beer

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull calls for the Snowy Mountains Control Centre during a Snowy Mountains visit.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull calls for the Snowy Mountains Control Centre during a Snowy Mountains visit. Alex Ellinghausen-AAP

AS THE Prime Minister prepares to charge glasses at Caloundra on Thursday night the Coast community has called on him to add a few more things to his list alongside lager.

Daily readers took to Facebook to outline their wish list of works and wants for our region.

Improvement of the rail line between Nambour and Brisbane ranked high on the list of priorities readers wanted to see Malcolm Turnbull tackle.

"Make him drive down the Bruce Highway and while you have him stuck in the traffic from a daily accident talk to him about fixing the Bruce Highway, north of Brisbane for a change," Michele Thomas wrote.

"Maybe also bring up the subject of updating the rail line to at least Gympie so catching a train to and from Brisbane is more feasible than being in a traffic jam on the Bruce Highway."

Geoff Peters called for approval of the submarine broadband cable to be brought ashore on the Coast, while Paul Rushton suggested widening of the Bruce Hwy between Caloundra and the Bribie Island turnoff was urgently needed.


VISIT: Mote Dambo (R) with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at a previous function.
VISIT: Mote Dambo (R) with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at a previous function. Facebook

Legalising cannabis was also another issue which cropped up, while others called for the PM to legislate same-sex marriage on the floor of Parliament, rather than spend $122 million on a postal plebiscite.

Sunshine Coast Business Council chairwoman Sandy Zubrinich said she wanted to hear from the PM about what was happening at a national and international level, as well as regionally.

She said maintaining infrastructure spend on the Bruce Hwy and continuing to support the Sunshine Coast with items like heavy rail duplication - which she added was largely a State Government issue - were also important.

Ms Zubrinich said it was important to garner federal support, as Queensland was not performing well compared to the rest of the country.

"Things like electricity prices are extremely important for the Sunshine Coast," she said.

Support for innovation and renewable were also items she was looking for.

Queensland Youth Parliament Member for Kawana Mote Dambo was "ecstatic" that the Prime Minister was headed to the Coast.

He wanted to see the PM help create better links between school and university students, even graduates, with more jobs.

Mr Dambo thought increased information sessions from government and private sectors with schools and universities would better connect young people with jobs.

Mental health was another high priority for youth and Mr Dambo believed connecting not-for-profits with schools and universities would help build awareness of resources available and improve mental health.

He said continued diversity of university courses would help students remain on the Coast.

Topics:  community federal government funding infrastructure parliament politics politics in the pub sunshine coast

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