Transport group to help shape the Coast
  • Monday 06 October 2008

Community representatives and individuals from across the Sunshine Coast are being asked to help shape transport in the region by nominating for a place on a new Transport Community Group.

Sunshine Coast Council Integrated Transport Systems portfolio holder, Councillor Vivien Griffin, said council is calling for nominations from community organisations, industry, development and individuals to help guide council policies and strategic direction on integrated transport systems for the region.

“The private motor car will continue to be a part of our transport options well into the future,” Cr Griffin said.

“However peak oil and emissions trading will undoubtedly increase the cost of fuel in the coming years, and it is imperative that we also ensure there are real alternatives for residents on the coast and the hinterland.

“Innovative, more frequent and better quality public transport has to be a major element in our future transport planning. In addition, improved cycling and walking pathways can also contribute.

“This is an issue that communities around the world are confronting, and there are many exciting initiatives we can examine. There is no doubt that the way this council tackles the region’s transport challenges will help to shape the look and feel of the Sunshine Coast.

“Residents can play an important part in that role by nominating for this new community group. I know that many residents have a great interest in this issue, and lots of good ideas to bring to the table.

“This group will be focussed on great outcomes for the coast, and I encourage interested residents to nominate.”

The group will provide the region with a mechanism to raise community views and needs in relation to our transport issues. It will also act as a sounding board and an ideas bank for finding solutions and providing feedback.

“This feedback will give council a platform to clearly articulate community expectations in policy, project and service outcomes within our own transport related projects and those of State and Federal Governments,” Cr Griffin said.

The group will include about 15 people and a selection process will be undertaken to ensure a broad range of community interests are represented.

For a full information kit on the Transport Community Group including nomination forms visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au or contact council’s customer service centre on 5420 8200.

Nominations close Wednesday 29 October 2008 at 4.30pm.