Public consultation on a future mass transit system for the Sunshine Coast will open in just over two weeks on 28 April 2021.
Over an eight-week period until 22 June 2021, the community will have the chance to provide valuable feedback on a range of options shortlisted in a draft Mass Transit Options Analysis report.
These include transport proposals ranging from a new buses-only corridor to electric buses, trackless trams, light rail transit and more.
The Options Analysis is the second phase in the business case process being undertaken for the proposed mass transit project from Maroochydore to Sunshine Coast University Hospital.
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Transport Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said while public transport was a State Government responsibility, council was undertaking the pre-planning to attract state and federal funding.
“We know we need sustainable and efficient transport options that can move us around quickly as our population grows yet still protect our local lifestyle and environment,” Cr Baberowski said.
“We are considering a range of options, and we are keen to know your thoughts.”
The community and stakeholder feedback will inform the final report which will then be submitted to council for consideration.
Cr Baberowski said the community engagement process would help council make recommendations to the State Government for the final phase of the mass transit business case process, the Detailed Business Case.
“Make sure you have a say on what you and your family and friends want when it comes to getting around the Sunshine Coast so we can protect our environment and the way we live, work and play” he said.
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Cr Baberowski said people could also provide feedback on how to accommodate forecast growth in the coastal corridor, such as medium-rise development concentrated around stations and centres or lower-density development dispersed more widely throughout the corridor.
Feedback received about the various ways of accommodating growth will help inform the preparation of the new planning scheme, which is proceeding over the next few years, he said.
To find out more visit council’s website and sign up for project updates.