A multi-million-dollar accessibility upgrade is now complete at Nambour station, a key transport hub and the third busiest station for commuters on the Sunshine Coast line.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport Jackie Trad said the Palaszczuk Government’s Nambour station upgrade created 250 jobs and was part of the Labor Government’s $212 million program to make rail travel more accessible for all.
“I’m extremely proud to unveil the newly upgraded and now independently accessible Nambour station today,” Ms Trad said.
“This upgrade means that everyone in the Nambour community, including wheelchair users, the elderly, travellers with luggage and parents with prams can now travel safely and easily.
“The station is now independently accessible and all platforms can be reached by paths, ramps and lifts, without using stairs.
Member for Nicklin Peter Wellington said the station upgrade ensures community accessibility.
“There is a new lift from the subway to the station forecourt, accessible toilets and parking, as well as a raised platform to provide safer and easier access to trains,” Mr Wellington said.
“On the platform there are extended waiting shelters, new signage, and improved lighting and CCTV, as well as a range of accessibility features like hearing aid loops and tactile flooring surfaces.
“This is great news for the people of Nicklin and I am proud to have played a role in delivering this significant upgrade.”
Ms Trad said that commuters to the new station would benefit from colourful new artwork from Brisbane based visual artists The Brightsiders and local artist Simon Degroot.
“Queensland Rail partnered with The Brightsiders to brighten the bus interchange, and renowned artist Simon Degroot to refresh the subway, creating a colourful and welcoming walkway for the thousands of customers who pass through every week,” Ms Trad said.
“The artwork was delivered by the Positive pARTnerships program, which aims to harness the abilities of local artists, to transform stations and provide a sense of pride and ownership in rail infrastructure.”
Local artist Simon Degroot said this was the fourth Positive pARTnerships project he had been involved in, having completed murals at other train stations including Milton, Toombul and Fortitude Valley.
“The design acknowledges the beautiful relationship of old and new, with the selected shapes capturing the historical spirit of Nambour,” Mr Degroot said.
“It was fantastic to be part of this exciting project and create a mural that serves as a simple method to add beauty to an ordinary subway, while reflecting the close ties between railway, communities and art.”