- Wednesday 28 October 2009
With more than 90 per cent of Sunshine Coast drivers choosing their car to drive to work every day, increased congestion threatening our lifestyle and drastic changes such as a ten lane Sunshine Motorway could be the order of the day for the Sunshine Coast of the future.
That is if we continue on with a business-as-usual approach and don’t start planning now.
The Sustainable Transport Discussion Paper, which is currently available for community comment as part of Sunshine Coast Council’s extensive Our Place Our Future planning program, looks at how we can deliver efficient, integrated transport networks across the Coast.
Integrated Transport Portfolio holder, Cr Vivien Griffin said that the Sunshine Coast community is invited to help shape the future direction of the Coast’s transport system by having a say.
“The current Sunshine Coast transport system is unsustainable particularly if growth on the Coast continues as predicted,” Cr Griffin said.
“Statistics show that our residents are heavily reliant on their cars with more than 90 per cent of trips to work made by private vehicle.
“With our population predicted to grow by about 200,000 during the next 20 years and without significant behaviour changes by 2031, our region will be congested and our environment under threat.
“We need to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and lower greenhouse gas emissions if we are to have any hope of maintaining our lifestyle and the local environment.”
Cr Griffin said the introduction of a sustainable transport system needed the joint efforts of the community and all levels of government to succeed.
“The Sustainable Transport Discussion Paper proposes boosting public transport services, increasing the number of footpaths and cycle-ways, demand management mechanisms for parking and private car use, and behaviour change programs,” Cr Griffin said.
“We need the community to have a say on the paper to see how much we want to protect the great Sunshine Coast lifestyle and move towards a more sustainable transport system—how can we deliver innovative and high quality options to the private motor vehicle in order to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and support alternative transport systems?
“Should just the alternatives for private travel be improved or do we also regulate and charge for the use of cars on our roads and car parks so that public transport, walking and cycling become the more affordable and efficient means of getting around?
“These are just some of the huge challenges facing the Sunshine Coast of the future. I invite the community to read the paper and let council know what they think the big issues are for road transport, parking, public transport, walking, cycling, air or water transport in their neighbourhood, and any ideas on how to address these issues for the greater Sunshine Coast area.”
This discussion paper will be used to prepare the Sunshine Coast Sustainable Transport Strategy. The draft strategy will be placed on display for community feedback next year and will become the platform for council’s future operations and discussions with other levels of government.
The community is invited to have its say on the Sustainable Transport Discussion Paper by filling out the feedback form or by sending council a detailed submission.
For more information or to have your say:
- Visit council’s website www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au
- Take part in an online discussion via Facebook
- Visit a local library or council customer service centre
- Talk to a staff member at a local roadshow display near you.
Submissions close at 4pm on Monday 7 December 2009.
The remaining roadshow dates are:
27 October, 9am–1pm, Bi-Lo Shopping Centre, Cnr David Low Way and Menzies Drv, Pacific Paradise
28 October, 9am–1pm, Eumundi Markets, Memorial Drv, Eumundi
30 October, 9am–1pm, Coolum Civic Centre, Park St, Coolum Beach
31 October, 9am–1pm, Kawana Shopping World, Nicklin Way, Kawana
4 November, 3–7 pm, Cooroora United Soccer Club, Black Mountain Rd, Cooroy
6 November, 9am–1pm, Kenilworth Hall, Elizabeth St, Kenilworth
7 November, 9am–1pm, Maleny Community Centre, 23 Maple St, Maleny
8 November, Caloundra Markets, Bulcock St, Caloundra
9 November, 3–7 pm, Nambour Civic Centre, Centenary Square, Currie St, Nambour
12 November, 3–7 pm, Beerwah and District Community Hall, Peachester Rd, Beerwah
14 November, 9 am–1 pm, The Events Centre, 20 Minchinton St, Caloundra
16 November, 9 am–1 pm, Currimundi Market Place, Cnr Nicklin Way and Bellara Drv, Currimundi
16 November, 3–7 pm, Lake Kawana Community Centre, Sportsman’s Pde, Bokarina
17 November, 3–7 pm, Noosa Junction, The J, 60 Noosa Drv, Noosa Heads
19 November, 3–7 pm, Millwell Road Community Centre, 11a Millwell Rd East, Maroochydore
21 November, Yandina Markets, Old Bruce Highway, Yandina
24 November, 9am–1pm, Palmwoods Memorial Hall, Main St, Palmwoods
26 November, 9am–1pm, Mapleton Community Hall, 31 Obi Obi Rd, Mapleton
28 November, 9am–1pm, Innovation Centre, Sunshine Coast University, 90 Sippy Downs Drv, Sippy Downs
29 November, Cotton Tree Markets, King St, Cotton Tree