- Thursday 21 May 2015
Council has a plan to reduce crashes on our roads and residents are invited to have their say on it from June 1.
Driver education, crash investigation, pedestrian and cycling facilities, and speed management measures are some of the actions outlined in the Draft Sunshine Coast Road Safety Plan 2015-2019.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said Council had identified three targets to evaluate progress towards its vision for road safety.
“Council aims to have fewer fatalities and hospitalisations in our region than the Queensland average, and fewer crashes than the previous five-year average,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“In a five-year period*, there were 98 people killed and almost 5000 people injured on Sunshine Coast roads.
“That’s thousands of people affected forever by the loss and injury of their loved ones, and we need to do everything we can to stop the heartache.
“Our vision for road safety is for the Sunshine Coast to be recognised as a place which provides a safe travel environment for all road users and this plan will help achieve that.”
Mayor Jamieson said road crashes also negatively impacted the region financially.
“In addition to the burden of personal suffering, the financial cost of road trauma to the Sunshine Coast community for the period from 2007-2011 was more than one billion dollars in lost productivity, property damage, health care, emergency services, and insurance costs,” he said.
“This plan requires commitment from more than just Council – it is a partnership with the Department of Transport and Main Roads and the Queensland Police Service.”
View the plan and provide feedback on Council’s website, in Council libraries and at customer contact centres. Submissions close on June 30 and all feedback will be considered by Council before the final plan is adopted.
- Proposed funding for this plan includes:
- the current Council budget
- future capital works budget (future projects to be ranked and scored for consideration)
- State government grants or the federal government blackspot funding program (Council to identify eligible areas and projects).
- The United Nations General Assembly’s Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–2020 plan recognises the importance of road safety management at a local level.
- The Sunshine Coast Road Safety Plan 2015-2019 uses the principles of the Safe System Framework, which guides road safety policy in Australia and addresses the goals of safer roads and roadsides, safer speeds, safer vehicles and safer people.
*Figures reflective of Sunshine Coast accidents in the five year period between 2007–2011.