Transport levy provides for a sustainable future
  • Thursday 18 June 2015
Person catching a bus

Planning and delivery of the Sunshine Coast’s future transport needs has revved up with Council today endorsing the 2015/16 Transport Levy Program.

Transport Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said the 2015/16 Transport Levy Program, combined with the indicative five-year investment plan, would ensure the objectives of the Transport Levy Policy were recognised.

“The Transport Levy is an important component to help secure the Coast’s transport future,” Cr Baberowski said.

“As we look to be Australia’s most sustainable region, we need to have a strategic focus on the Sunshine Coast’s current as well as emerging and long-term transport needs.

“We are creating a legacy for our future and we want to be sure we get it right.

“The $2.876 million Transport Levy budget includes an allowance to help attract State and Federal Government investment for joint transport solutions, such as a proposed light rail and other services that will ultimately cater for forecast travel demand.”

The Transport Levy is proposed to remain unchanged at $20 per rateable property and is expected to raise about $2.5 million in the next financial year.

It is expected that $450,000 will be allocated towards continuing current trial service improvements to continue Flexilink services on the Conondale to Maleny and Peachester to Beerwah routes, Council Link and the Maleny-Landsborough-Beerwah TransLink bus service trial.

A further $1 million is proposed for infrastructure assets, primarily the upgrading of bus stops to meet the Federal Government Disability Discrimination Act 1992 milestone of 90% compliance by December 2017.

An allowance is made for extending access to real time information service and developing a “forerunner concept” for the high frequency Caloundra-Maroochydore corridor including links to the Sunshine Coast Public and Private Hospital sites Campaigns will continue to raise awareness of travel choices leading to changes in travel behaviour and increasing awareness of current and future transport issues

Research, planning and investigations activities include an allocation ($750,000) for completing the feasibility study for the proposed light rail service. The provision of $500,000 will be made to the Transport Futures Fund that acts as a strategic funding reserve to be used to attract joint transport initiatives with the State.

“Sunshine Coast Council is striving to make the region the most sustainable region in Australia and this strategic Transport Levy program and five-year investment plan is another key component working towards achieving that goal,” Cr Baberowski said.