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DESPERATE to retain open space for Woombye kids to "kick a ball or fly a kite", Woombye's anti-rail stabling campaigners say the train carriage storage facility planned for their town should be built at Nambour instead.
Woombye Against Rail Stabling spokesman James Kasmer insisted his group was not against public transport and supported improvements to the train service between Nambour and Brisbane, including rail line duplication.
Woombye Soccer Club president Mark Dixson has previously defended his club's soccer fields against resumption for rail stabling.
But Mr Kasmer said he believed the Woombye community would be willing to sacrifice the sporting fields as well as the pony club and scouts hall for rail duplication. But rail stabling should be off the cards, he said.
"If stabling goes ahead (as well as) the duplication then all the green space will be taken," he said.
Mr Kasmer said a feasibility report commissioned by Queensland Rail showed the facility would be cheaper to build in Nambour, when the 30-year life span of both sites was considered.
The January 2014 report showed $3 million would be saved if the Nambour site was chosen.
Mr Kasmer said he would challenge state Minister for Transport Jackie Trad to explain why she told a Woombye community meeting in May that the Nambour site would be "100% dearer" than Woombye.
Rail campaigner Jeff Addison said while he hadn't studied the feasibility report he believed there was no location in Nambour that had enough space for the rail stabling facility.
"There has been a lot of hype and hysteria about the rail stabling," he said. "I don't believe it's going to destroy the town at all."
Mr Addison said the house closest to the facility was 150 metres away and concerns about lighting were unfounded.
"The soccer club has lights blaring and they're far brighter than any lights the rail stabling would throw," he said.
This article first appeared on www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au
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