Youi and council address parking problems together
  • Wednesday 27 July 2011

Sunshine Coast Council will work in partnership with Youi to achieve a long term sustainable solution to parking issues at Kawana.

Providing parking for all their staff had Youi bosses scratching their heads, especially with staff numbers set to grow at the Lake Kawana site – but rather than just pushing for more parking spaces, Youi approached Council for help.

Today, council and Youi launched a travel plan that will help reduce the number of staff driving to work and increase awareness and uptake of sustainable travel.

Integrated Transport Portfolio Councillor Vivien Griffin said any business who wants to reduce their reliance on private motor vehicles has council’s full support.

"TravelSmart Sunshine Coast is council’s voluntary travel behaviour change program. The TravelSmart team will work with Youi to develop a carpool matching service, one-on-one travel planning sessions, cycle route planning as well as running challenges and rewards to motivate staff," Cr Griffin said.

"And because as businesses grow, parking invariably becomes more difficult, council is also inviting all the businesses surrounding Youi, along Innovation Parkway to sign up to council’s TravelSmart workplace program."

Youi CEO, Hugo Schreuder said when they approached council in December 2010, they already had ideas on how to solve the problem, but weren’t sure how best to go about implementing them.

"The TravelSmart program will assist staff members to think about how they get to work and if they could choose a more sustainable option," Mr Schreuder said.

"Apart from being environmentally friendly and providing Youi employees with a viable travel option, it will also reduce Youi’s footprint on the local landscape, in terms of street parking."

Around 85 per cent of Sunshine Coast residents’ trips are made by private motor vehicle. Council’s recently adopted Sustainable Transport Strategy 2011–2031 outlines actions and strategies to reduce this dependency.

Council’s TravelSmart Sunshine Coast program works with schools, community groups and businesses to provide and help deliver sustainable travel plans.

The Public Transport Levy is helping provide better, more reliable and frequent Public Transport services across the Region.

And safety campaigns and improved pedestrian and cycling infrastructure are assisting and encouraging more active transport use.