Draft Integrated Transport Strategy

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Sunshine Coast Council has released a draft Integrated Transport Strategy to capture the opportunities and respond to the challenges facing our region over the next 20 or so years.

The draft strategy seeks to achieve a connected, smart, integrated, safe and efficient transport system that contributes to the region’s economic viability, sustainability and lifestyle.

Community Engagement

Council invited community feedback on the draft Integrated Transport Strategy to ensure we are on the right track. Submissions closed Friday 20 July 2018.

Overview

As the second fastest growing region in Queensland, it is important to plan ahead if current and future residents are to enjoy safe, reliable and convenient travel within an efficient transport network.

The SEQ Regional Plan forecasts that our region’s population will reach more than 500,000 by 2041. That’s an additional 200,000 new residents coming to the Sunshine Coast over the next 20 or so years.

This is why our Council is doing the planning now to accommodate this growth and enable people to move around more efficiently.

The draft strategy proposes common sense solutions to manage demand and challenge travel behaviour as our region continues to grow and pressure comes to bear on our existing – and what is essentially, an inadequate - network.

But we cannot achieve this alone.

The draft strategy is an important part of Council's commitment to long-term transport planning and identifies the need to prioritise investment in public transport infrastructure balanced with the needs of the road network and other transport solutions.

To tackle future congestion and provide an effective road network with ‘essential only’ road upgrades, there really are only two levers available – better, more extensive and integrated public transport solutions and managing car parking demand.

Council has responsibility for car parking and developed the region’s Parking Management Plan in 2017 to guide parking activities to help maintain the Sunshine Coast's distinctive lifestyle and manage parking demand.

Public transport solutions are however, ultimately the responsibility of the State Government.

Council continues to advocate to the other tiers of government to achieve an effective, integrated public transport solution for the region – a solution our residents deserve.

After all, 82 cents in every tax dollar raised go to the Federal Government, 15 cents go to the State Government and only three cents come to Local Government.

So, as well as outlining council’s commitment to addressing the Sunshine Coast’s transport needs, the draft strategy clearly identifies the respective roles and responsibilities of other levels of government and the private sector.

Through sound planning and by working with other tiers of government, the private sector and the community, council aims to maintain our lifestyle advantages and the distinctive character of the communities that make up our region.

Background

The Sunshine Coast Council Draft Integrated Transport Strategy will replace the Sustainable Transport Strategy 2011 – 2031. Since its implementation in 2011, Council has achieved a range of outcomes through the Sustainable Transport Strategy. This update to the strategy aligns with new corporate and strategic planning documents and provides revised objectives for the Coast’s transport system.

Where to from here

Information received during the consultation period will help inform the final Integrated Transport Strategy.

Sunshine Coast Council has released a draft Integrated Transport Strategy to capture the opportunities and respond to the challenges facing our region over the next 20 or so years.

The draft strategy seeks to achieve a connected, smart, integrated, safe and efficient transport system that contributes to the region’s economic viability, sustainability and lifestyle.

Community Engagement

Council invited community feedback on the draft Integrated Transport Strategy to ensure we are on the right track. Submissions closed Friday 20 July 2018.

Overview

As the second fastest growing region in Queensland, it is important to plan ahead if current and future residents are to enjoy safe, reliable and convenient travel within an efficient transport network.

The SEQ Regional Plan forecasts that our region’s population will reach more than 500,000 by 2041. That’s an additional 200,000 new residents coming to the Sunshine Coast over the next 20 or so years.

This is why our Council is doing the planning now to accommodate this growth and enable people to move around more efficiently.

The draft strategy proposes common sense solutions to manage demand and challenge travel behaviour as our region continues to grow and pressure comes to bear on our existing – and what is essentially, an inadequate - network.

But we cannot achieve this alone.

The draft strategy is an important part of Council's commitment to long-term transport planning and identifies the need to prioritise investment in public transport infrastructure balanced with the needs of the road network and other transport solutions.

To tackle future congestion and provide an effective road network with ‘essential only’ road upgrades, there really are only two levers available – better, more extensive and integrated public transport solutions and managing car parking demand.

Council has responsibility for car parking and developed the region’s Parking Management Plan in 2017 to guide parking activities to help maintain the Sunshine Coast's distinctive lifestyle and manage parking demand.

Public transport solutions are however, ultimately the responsibility of the State Government.

Council continues to advocate to the other tiers of government to achieve an effective, integrated public transport solution for the region – a solution our residents deserve.

After all, 82 cents in every tax dollar raised go to the Federal Government, 15 cents go to the State Government and only three cents come to Local Government.

So, as well as outlining council’s commitment to addressing the Sunshine Coast’s transport needs, the draft strategy clearly identifies the respective roles and responsibilities of other levels of government and the private sector.

Through sound planning and by working with other tiers of government, the private sector and the community, council aims to maintain our lifestyle advantages and the distinctive character of the communities that make up our region.

Background

The Sunshine Coast Council Draft Integrated Transport Strategy will replace the Sustainable Transport Strategy 2011 – 2031. Since its implementation in 2011, Council has achieved a range of outcomes through the Sustainable Transport Strategy. This update to the strategy aligns with new corporate and strategic planning documents and provides revised objectives for the Coast’s transport system.

Where to from here

Information received during the consultation period will help inform the final Integrated Transport Strategy.