People Power Prevails over Caloundra Interchange Upgrade

 

State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle has welcomed the State and Federal Government’s announcement of the tender and reveal of the new layout of the Bruce Highway and Caloundra Rd Interchange Upgrade.

Mr McArdle has worked with environmental groups and businesses that have been fighting for many years regarding protection of the Steve Irwin Way Forest and direct exit ramps (Exit 190) to local businesses.

“I have said the impact on the Beerwah State Forrest must be minimalised as the flora and fauna within the forest needs to be protected,” Mr McArdle said.

“Happily the Government has listened to the community and the outcome will be significant for the environment (with the footprint on the Steve Irwin Forest being reduced from 24HA to between 6-8HA) the local economy and the community.

“Protecting our environment is an obligation of all of us.

“The changes to entering Aussie World are similarly welcome. The businesses at Aussie World have long believed the old plan for removing the ramps put their business at risk.

“Importantly these businesses supply work and income to many Sunshine Coast residents and the outcome is very welcome.

Steve Amos, Operator of the Aussie World Garage said he was very pleased with the result. 

“We not only maintain southbound access, we in fact get a vastly improved northbound access plus additional entry points to Aussie World businesses,” Mr Amos said.

“I am very happy with the outcome.”

Mr McArdle held a large public forum on the 12th of December 2015, which was attended by Main Roads and the Project Director.

“The public have been very vocal about their concerns and hopefully the outcome will address many of these concerns,” Mr McArdle said.

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For further information contact: Michelle French, Office of Mark McArdle, 5329 4100.