The Facts!

 

In the 13km stretch from Maroochydore to Kawana, the Business Case calls for a capacity increase as follows:

Dwellings       11, 209    to    50, 751,

Population     23,222   to   +100,000

Cars (est)        19,000     to   86,000*

*Car estimates based on dwelling numbers in Preliminary Business Case findings and Car ownership statistics from the QGSO.

This means they will cram 73% of Councils's infill "target" for the total region into this 13km stretch!

That's almost half of the regions projected population expansion by 2041 into this small area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Preliminary Business Case Interim Findings January 2020

Council's Transport Priorities Map released in June 2019 confirms "High Density" planned

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

The Business Case is choosing the form of public transport that facilitates the greatest "Urban Transformation" not what is best for the Community!

"The options assessments concluded that only the LRT option and potentially the BRT option are considered to have significant benefits in achieving the important land use criterion.  The Quality Bus Corridor option is based on bus lanes and although it performs well in terms of transport and cost, cannot achieve the full range of urban renewal benefits sought for the SCMT Project in the Sunshine Coast Urban Corridor" p 22 PWC PBC Report

  • In doing this assesment, 30% of the weighting was placed on promotion of infill!  Is this what the community wants?

  • The PBC Report  further acknowledges:

    • A light rail intervention is projected to increase the resident population in the Sunshine Coast Urban Corridor

    • An increase in population means there are more trips made by car each day within the Sunshine Coast Urban Corridor.............

Based on the Gold Coast and Sydney experience this could cost up to $3billion! 

Why do it when it means more cars and more congestion not less?​

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Corridor Configuration

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And What about Climate Change?

  • No Consideration given to Coastal Hazards and Coastal Erosion

  • Watch what is now happening along the NSW Coast. July 2020.

  • This plan will put more people in harms way!

Covid 19 showing the

higher the density the greater the risk!

Other Facts to Note

  • This proposal does not meet all the public transport needs of the region. 

  • Car usage to still be at 70% of all trips in 2041 and Public transport 10%

  • The public transport take up is not enough to offset the increase in cars.

  • No implementation costs included or mention of who pays

  • No consideration given to impact on existing resident’s amenity

  • No consideration given to why people come to the Sunshine Coast in the first place…lower density housing/not the Gold Coast

  • Focus is on working population.  If current demographic profile continues 53% will not work and therefore less likely to utilize public transport.  

  • Stage one makes no allowance for East West traffic movements.  All North South.  What about all the hinterland traffic currently coming to the coast?

  • The Interim Business Case report states it is recommending the Public Transport mode that gets the best “Urban Transformation”,  Light Rail.  But is this the best Mode of transport for the Community?

Other Assumptions

Estimated 215,000 extra people on the Sunshine Coast by 2041 (QGSO estimates)

  • 2016 =303,400

  • 2041= 518,000

This will require 87,000 new dwellings across the total Sunshine Coast Region

  • 62% infill development = 53,940 dwellings

  • 38% Greenfield development = 33,060 dwellings

    • Infill means changing the zoning in low rise areas to accomodate more houses and  highrise

    • Greenfield development is the re zoning of undeveloped land for housing.  

Car Usage current = 85%  2041 = 70%

Public Transport usage current = 4%  2041 = 10%

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Suburbs that will be impacted Directly

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Alexandra Headlands

Battery Hill

Birtinya

Bokarina

Buddina

Caloundra

Cotton Tree

Currimundi

Dicky Beach

Maroochydore

Minyama

Moffat Beach

Mooloolaba

Parreara

Warana

Wurtulla

Even if you do not live in these suburbs you will be impacted:

Traffic

Congestion

Parking

Noise

Cost

Health Safety

Access to the beach

Mtag - Mass Transit Action Group is a volunteer Community Group