Community gives clear direction for South Coolum Road link
  • Tuesday 05 January 2010

The result of a study that shows the preferred alignment for a road linking South Coolum Road to Suncoast Beach Drive at Mount Coolum was released today by the Sunshine Coast Council.

The road is being planned ahead of an anticipated future connection from Suncoast Beach Drive to the Sunshine Motorway, proposed by the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Major Projects Portfolio holder and division eight councillor Debbie Blumel said two possible routes were considered as part of the study.

“After assessing community feedback and the issues and constraints with each route, option 2 for South Coolum Road and option 2 for Suncoast Beach Drive have been identified as the preferred routes,” Cr Blumel said.

“On South Coolum Road, option two follows the edge of the floodplain on the western side of Mount Coolum, and is below the tree line and well clear of the Mount Coolum National Park. The link road will meet up with an extension of Suncoast Beach Drive.

“For both roads, the preferred options deliver much better environmental outcomes than option one, and both enjoy overwhelming support from the community.

“The road corridors shown on the maps are indicative at this stage.

“The final alignments will be determined by council during the detailed engineering design stage.”

Cr Blumel said that the preferred route options will be presented to council for consideration early in 2010.

“Providing council endorses the project, one of the early tasks will be to complete a detailed design and acquire land for the road corridor.

“Limited funding has already been earmarked in council’s indicative five year capital works budget for 2011/12 and 2012/13.

“This funding will enable land to be acquired for the road corridor.

“The purpose of this project is to improve safety and connectivity for the people who live around Mount Coolum and their visitors and to relieve traffic problems in other hot spots.

“I am very pleased with the number of people who got involved in the community consultation and I would like to thank them for their time and interest.”

Visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au for an overview the study and each of the route options.