Council budget delivers funds for sustainable transport options
  • Tuesday 30 June 2009

Sunshine Coast Council will spend nearly $100 million over the next five years on transport infrastructure to move the region towards a more sustainable future.

The funding boost outlined in council’s five-year capital works program includes provision for integrated transport planning, and bikeways and walkways to encourage more residents to leave the car at home.

Transport portfolio chair Vivien Griffin said the allocation demonstrated council’s genuine commitment to providing alternatives to private vehicle use.

“We have to embrace more sustainable transport options if we are to achieve our goal of becoming Australia’s most sustainable region,” Cr Griffin said.

“Council’s capital works program includes public transport infrastructure such as bus terminals and bus shelters, and we are also investing in cycle pathways and end of trip facilities, pedestrian paths, streetscaping and transport innovation projects.

“This illustrates a fundamental cultural shift in council’s approach.

“No longer are we just a road builder. We will focus on all transport options to protect our enviable lifestyle into the future.”

Cr Griffin said projects slated for the coming financial year included:

$350,000 towards the development of an integrated transport plan for the region

$60,000 to plan a congestion-busting bus program for peak holiday times

$55,000 towards a desktop study to determine the most appropriate transit mode for the CAMCOS corridor from Beerwah to Maroochydore

$50,000 for the innovative flexi-link taxi service between Boreen Point and Tewantin

$70,000 in partnership with Translink for the Nambour to Maleny Hinterland Connect service

$63,000 for the extension of Route 732 to Pomona and Cooran

“This council is very conscious of the need to respond to transport shortfalls in the hinterland,” Cr Griffin said.

“Many of these early seed investments will allow for Translink to fully fund the service once the need is demonstrated.”

Cr Griffin said council’s investment in developing an integrated transport plan and consideration of options for the CAMCOS corridor were both essential for future funding negotiations with the State and Federal Governments.

She said the establishment of an Integrated Transport Unit within council, a Community Transport Group and a State Agency Transport Group was further evidence of Council’s focus on transport issues and its commitment to delivering better outcomes for the region.