- Monday 17 November 2014
The Sunshine Coast community is getting on board and having their say about the proposed light rail network route.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said light rail was identified as a transport option with the potential to support the lifestyle of our residents now and into the future, with benefits for the community, our environment and the economy.
“Ensuring the future liveability and prosperity of the region is the major reason for the investigation into a proposed light rail corridor between Maroochydore and Caloundra,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“It is great to see the community come on board with the light rail consultation.
“Community input on the proposed route options is an important step in the process of identifying a preferred route. We can then progress more detailed feasibility studies to look at engineering, costs and timing. “
Mayor Jamieson said in the 48 hours following the release of the route options, council received more than 2000 visits to the light rail information page on council’s website.
“Engagement through social media is rating well, with some great conversations happening around the project’s Facebook and Twitter posts,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“Residents and businesses were well represented at the community information session at Caloundra on Tuesday and the project team engaged with a steady stream of interested community members at Mooloolaba on Thursday, Maroochydore on Friday night and Lake Kawana on Saturday.
“The information sessions are an opportunity for community members to drop in and speak with the project team about the proposed route options as well as light rail in general.”
Transport portfolio councillor Rick Baberowski said it was vital Council thought ahead about potential solutions to the region’s continued growth in order to maintain our much-valued Sunshine Coast lifestyle.
“If we want to ensure the region is well positioned to reduce traffic and congestion and minimise the need for more parking areas and wider roads, then we need to make sure that the right transport solutions are considered now,” Cr Baberowski said.
“Analysis of the number of major north-south roads crossing the Mooloolah River shows that expansion of the road network has generally followed population growth.
“Looking to the future, forecasts indicate that another 10 to 12 north-south lanes will be needed over the next 15 to 20 years as our population continues to grow.
“Sustaining our road network to keep pace with growth will require increasing investment—but just building new roads won’t protect our lifestyle.
“Light rail is more than just a new way to move people around,” Cr Baberowski said.
“The proposal is for a new light rail system to form the backbone of the public transport network for the entire Sunshine Coast.
“The Sunshine Coast Light Rail—Shaping our Future report shows that a light rail service could be supported by a network of rapid, high frequency bus services that also connect with the future heavy rail line from Maroochydore to Brisbane.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to help shape the future of the Sunshine Coast, which is why I encourage everyone to get involved, to learn more about the potential for light rail to be part of a long-term transport solution for the Sunshine Coast and tell council what they think.”
Next Light Rail community information session:
Friday November 21: Millwell Road Community Hall (10am – 2pm / 4pm – 7pm)