Monday, 31st October 2016
Coast’s longest carpark petition lodged in Parliament
Nearly 1000 people have signed a petition calling on the State Government to upgrade Caloundra Rd.
The petition was this week lodged in Parliament House by Caloundra MP Mark McArdle, who backed a local campaign calling on better infrastructure for the people of Caloundra.
“We’re asking the State Government to consider installing exit-slip lanes and traffic signals at the Nicklin Way/Caloundra Rd roundabout and work with Stockland to fast-track the Bells Creek Arterial to the Bruce Highway,” Mr McArdle said.
“Main Roads have confirmed the traffic signals of the Nicklin Way/Caloundra Rd roundabout is in their top 10 priorities for the area, but they need to listen to the people and make it the number one priority.
“We have an extra 50,000 people pouring into Caloundra South by 2031 and potentially an extra 30,000 people set to go into Beerwah East in the next 10 years*, so the question really does have to be asked what proper planning measures are in place to accommodate all of those people on our roads with existing and new infrastructure?
“It’s clear that Caloundra Road is well on track to becoming the Coast’s longest car park.”
Mr McArdle stressed upgrading Caloundra Rd and fast-tracking the BCA is only part of the solution, with focus also needed on the Beerburrum to Landsborough Rail Upgrade and the Caloundra to Maroochydore Light Rail.
Signatures for the petition were obtained online, at mobile listening posts and at a public forum held earlier this month where representatives from Main Roads and Stockland attended.
The petition will now be considered by Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey.
For further information contact: Michelle French, Office of Mark McArdle, 5329 4100.
*Draft South East Queensland Regional Plan.