The body's president, Jonathon Pavetto, says, "A regular rail service between Ingham and Townsville would enable people to have a decent job in Townsville, while living in the Hinchinbrook shire." Mr Pavetto said that this month's Hinchinbrook Chamber of Commerce meeting, members backed "an inquiry into the viability of a regular commuter service between Ingham and Townsville".
Ingham's population of 6,606 has declined by more than two percent over the last five years, however the 108km corridor south to Townsville has another 35,157 people living in several regional growth areas comprising Townsville's Northern Beaches. The two lane Bruce Highway has become a signifcant commuter corridor north of Townsville, with over 16,000 vehicles per day. Townsville's population is currently 193,992.
With the Queensland Government's newfound regional focus in the lead up to next year's election, this proposal acutally has some potential to reach at least the level of a feasibility study.