Mushrooms invade: Fungi sprout at Coast transport hubs
A WAVE of mushrooms sprouting at Sunshine Coast train stations has left long-time Coast traveller and rail advocate Jeff Addison appalled at their state of disrepair.
He snapped photos of the mushrooms sprouting at the Palmwoods and Woombye stations, two of seven temporary stations on the Coast.
Mr Addison, SC Rail Back on Track spokesman, described the mushrooms as wood-eating fungi and said it was a repeat of a similar infestation which sprouted about five years ago.
"It's just extraordinary, it really is," Mr Addison said.
"It's typical of the (rail) neglect that our region experiences.
"Our single track, temporary platforms and 29% of trains that are literal rail buses with 1.5 and 2-hourly services make for a state and national disgrace."
Queensland Rail briefings obtained by Mr Addison through Right to Information from December, 2009, revealed the temporary platforms currently in place at Mooloolah, Eudlo, Palmwoods, Woombye, Eumundi, Pomona and Cooran were due to be replaced with permanent platforms "within a period of 12 to 18 months".
The briefings showed installation of the temporary platforms - comprised of scaffolding supporting a painted plywood deck - was budgeted for $3 million and were meant to be rented for up to 18 months.
After six months a rental fee for the seven stations of $5000 per week was noted in the briefings.
Mr Addison estimated about $2.5 million had been wasted on long-term rental of the temporary platforms to-date.
The briefings noted the platforms were a "short-term solution" and should be removed within 18 months, with the plywood surface requiring repainting and possible replacement after 12 months.
Deputy Premier and Transport Minister Jackie Trad said the temporary platforms had been in place "for a number of years" and said nothing had been done during the former Newman-Nicholls government.
"The Palaszczuk government is progressing a program of works to upgrade these to permanent platforms and work is scheduled to begin in the first half of next year at Pomona, Cooran and Eumundi stations," she said.
"We will then plan for the replacement of the remaining platforms."
Mr Addison said works on the three northern platforms had already been delayed.
"In the meantime, Queensland Rail will replace the timber decking, as required, as part of ongoing maintenance," Ms Trad said.
The Daily understands inspections were undertaken of the fungi to ensure it was safe, but additional inspections would be carried out following issues raised by the community.
Ms Trad said the duplication of the Beerburrum to Nambour rail line was "critical for the Sunshine Coast community" and they'd carried out a detailed business case and submitted it to the Federal Government for funding consideration.
"However, we simply won't have the capacity to build Beerburrum to Nambour without a second inner city river crossing," she said.
"That is why we have fully funded Cross River Rail in our State Budget, which will allow us to open up the network, increase services on the Sunshine Coast and build the new Sunshine Coast line."