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Reef and tourism spending promised by Premier amid ongoing Adani protest

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Still dogged by anti-Adani protesters, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has pledged to reinvest $134 million into Great Barrier Reef resorts and other tourism projects over the next four years as part of a sweetener for regional seats.

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At the same time, the LNP promised to spend $300 million on improving rail services to the Sunshine Coast.

Ms Palaszczuk was joined by her Treasurer Curtis Pitt at the newly opened Cairns Aquarium this morning for Labor's campaign announcement.

She described new tourism infrastructure projects as crucial.

"Many of these islands were damaged after Cyclone Debbie and we want to help get these islands back on their feet," she said.

"Tourism is fantastic and what we need is private investment into tourism infrastructure.

"What I'm announcing is the ability to grow the tourism industry right across our state with those tourism grants."

She said LNP leader Tim Nicholls cut $188 million from tourism spending as treasurer in the Newman government.

"My government has been restoring the funding because we know tourism is one of the great strengths of the Queensland economy," she said.

"But we know we can do more.

"Some 740,000 new tourists have come to Queensland and generating over $500 million into the Queensland economy.

"The other big threat to the reef was the impact that the cyclone had.

"That is why we have the infrastructure fund here today to help restore those islands — get the moorings and jetties back up and running."

Nicholls pledges $300m to Sunshine Coast rail line

Tim Nicholls with Braith White, 2, flanked by LNP deputy leader Deb Frecklington

The LNP has again promised to duplicate the 42-kilometre Sunshine Coast rail line from Beerburrum to Nambour, a commitment it previously made before it lost government in 2015.

At Landsborough Station, Mr Nicholls said the duplication would mean an extra 150 train services a week.

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He said an LNP Government would immediately start work on the first leg — 17 kilometres from Beerburrum to Landsborough — at a cost of $600 million.

Mr Nicholls said the project would be a "game-changer" for locals with an extra 150 train services and faster, more reliable rail trips.

"Sadly, Annastacia Palaszczuk has been more interested in picking fights with the Federal Government [over rail funding] than delivering real outcomes for Queenslanders," he said.

"Our $300 million commitment means more frequent and reliable train services for Sunny Coast locals."

He said the money would come from the state budget, with the LNP to reveal later in the campaign how that would be funded.

The other $300 million would be sought from the Federal Government.

Planning for the second stage would begin later in an LNP term.

Mr Nicholls would not say whether the Sunshine Coast project would come at the expense of proceeding with the Cross River Rail project in Brisbane.

Rail advocate Jeff Addison welcomed the announcement with an audible "hallelujah", echoed by Mr Nicholls.

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