Council builds partnerships to drive Coast transport plan
  • Friday 22 August 2008

More and more roads, or more and better public transport? With peak oil impacts looming, can we afford to continue as a car-dependent community into the future, or do we have real choices about alternatives such as cycling, walking and public transport? The future look and feel of the Sunshine Coast will be shaped very much by the way the Sunshine Coast Regional Council tackles its transport challenges in the future.

For this reason, the Sunshine Coast Council this week endorsed a model for the planning and delivery of a sustainable integrated transport system for the region.

Councillor Vivien Griffin, who holds the Integrated Transport Systems Portfolio, said the Transport Plan will be developed in accordance with Council’s principles for growth management and sustainability.

"A sustainable, truly integrated transport system is, quite simply, essential for our region’s future,’’ Cr Griffin said.

“Strong partnerships with the community and other levels of government will be the key to making this happen. The intention is definitely to involve the community in deciding this future direction.”

Regional Strategy and Planning Director Warren Bunker said the model will be driven by partnerships within Council and with external agencies and the community.

“The delivery of a sustainable and integrated transport system relies on development of the Sunshine Coast Integrated Transport Plan and the Sunshine Coast Multi-Modal Model,” Mr Bunker said.

“Multi-modal is just a transport planner’s term for recognising that public transport, cycling and walking must be considered equally with the needs of the private motor vehicle.

“Council officers will now put priority on the preparation of detailed project plans for Council’s consideration.”

At yesterday’s Ordinary Meeting, Council endorsed the establishment and operation of a number of joint responsibility consultative groups. This will include a Transport Community Group which will bring together advocates for particular forms of transport related activities, such as walking and cycling, to provide strategic direction on integrated transport systems.

Cr Griffin said the other “essential strategic transport planning tool” is the Sunshine Coast Multi-Modal (travel forecasting) Model which includes alternative modes of travel in addition to private motor vehicles.