Thursday, 22nd September, 2016
Public forum set to hit the brakes on Caloundra Rd traffic congestion
Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle and Member for Kawana Jarrod Bleijie will host a joint forum inviting local residents to have their say on Caloundra Rd – the Coast’s longest carpark.
The forum will be held on Tuesday, 18 October, at the CCSA Hall, 1 Nutley St, Caloundra, from 6-8pm and representatives from Main Roads and Stockland will be invited to attend and address congestion concerns regarding Caloundra Rd and the future of the completion of the Bells Creek Arterial.
Mr McArdle said anyone who has a problem with the daily struggle along Caloundra Rd should attend the forum.
“Main Roads data shows Caloundra Rd experiences more than 30,000 commuters daily and by 2031 certain sections are set to skyrocket to more than 50,000 motorists,” Mr McArdle said.
“What we have now in terms of infrastructure is proving a headache for many local residents and we cannot sit back and wait for the problem to turn into a nightmare.
“Together with retired police inspector Ron Strong and the Action on Caloundra Road traffic congestion petition we’re calling on the State Government to work with Stockland to fast-track the completion of the Bells Creek Arterial to the Bruce Highway and investigate installing exit slip-lanes and traffic signals at the Caloundra Rd/Nicklin Way roundabout.”
Member for Kawana Jarrod Bleijie said without the necessary upgrades motorists will continue to experience crippling congestion heading into and out of Caloundra.
“Congestion is only getting worse,” Mr Bleijie said.
“It’s important all levels of government, along with the community, work together to ensure a solution can be developed and delivered before our main entry and exit point to Caloundra is overwhelmed by the sheer volume of vehicle traffic.
“I encourage everyone to sign the Action on Caloundra Road traffic congestion petition to ensure our voices are collectively heard.”
Mr Bleijie also recently tabled a petition in Parliament with over 2,000 signatures calling on the state government to immediately deliver critical road infrastructure for the Sunshine Coast.
To secure your seat please rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 5329 4100.
People can sign the petition now at https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/e-petitions or in person at Mr McArdle’s Electorate office.
Media contact: Michelle French, Office of Mark McArdle, 5329 4100.
Aaron Soden-Taylor, Office of Jarrod Bleijie, 5478 1189.