Council investigates feasibility of Palmview to Kawana Greenlink
  • Friday 26 August 2011

Sunshine Coast Council has appointed an independent consulting firm to undertake a feasibility study for the Palmview to Kawana Greenlink, also known as the East-West Greenlink.

The Palmview to Kawana Greenlink is planned as a public transport, active transport and emergency vehicle corridor to provide access between the future Palmview and Kawana town centres and new Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

Sustainable transport projects like this greenlink are integral to council achieving its vision to be Australia’s most sustainable region—vibrant, green, diverse.

Council’s Project Director of Integrated Transport Planning Graeme Krisanski said council commissioned the feasibility study for the Palmview to Kawana corridor to determine a suitable location for the sustainable transport corridor.

"While council has recently focused on the north-south connection between the University of the Sunshine Coast and Palmview, the east-west connection has always remained on council’s agenda," Mr Krisanski said.

"Some of the early options for the east-west connection will be looked at again and it is likely that a number of new options will also be assessed.

"While the two greenlinks are independent projects that don’t rely on each other to progress, they would work well together and both contribute to creating sustainable transport links on the Sunshine Coast."

The Palmview to Kawana Greenlink’s feasibility study will assess the environmental, social, engineering and economic aspects of potential options.

Key areas of focus will be minimising the impact on the Mooloolah River and floodplain, exploring opportunities to link into existing or planned transport infrastructure and exploring opportunities to share the corridor with other compatible infrastructure.

"Background investigations are well underway, and the study should be finished by the end of the year," Mr Krisanski said.

"During this time we’ll be keeping the community informed of project progress and we invite people to contact the study team if they have information or issues that they believe the team should consider.

"The more information we have in this early planning phase, the more informed our decision making process will be."

The community can contact the Palmview to Kawana Greenlink study team on 1800 657 248 or via email at arup@palmview-kawanagreenlink.com.au