Tramway funding rolls into Nambour

Construction could begin on the ‘Western Terminus’ of Nambour’s Heritage Tramway project within four months thanks to a half-million dollar Federal Government grant announced today.

Member for Fairfax Ted O’Brien was joined by the Minister for Environment & Energy Josh Frydenberg at the proposed depot site in Nambour this morning.

“This project is so exciting for Nambour and I am extremely pleased it is receiving the full $500,000 applied for under the National Stronger Regions Fund ,” Ted O’Brien said.

“Utilising the historic sugar cane rail tracks to connect the town with a solar-powered, battery-regenerated passenger tram is such a great fusion of old heritage infrastructure and new technology.

“I believe this project will be the single most important catalyst to reactivate Nambour.
“The town of Nambour is on the move, the tram will soon be back on tracks and it’s full steam ahead for this community from now on.”

Mr O’Brien said the Commonwealth grant would help construct the depot building complete with ticketing office, workshop and garage.

“Solar panels will also be installed and ultimately link to a battery unit which will not only power the depot but also recharge the tram,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Of course connecting Nambour’s two shopping precincts is only stage one, extending the tramway to the showgrounds forms stage two, with re-activating the former cane train tracks that remain in place between Nambour and Coolum the ultimate goal.”