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Brisbane road upgrade to benefit the Redlands

A major traffic bottleneck for Redlanders is set to improve following this week’s announcement by Brisbane City Council of an $8.6 million upgrade to Green Camp Road.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams welcomed the announcement citing it as a win for residents who use Rickertt Road and Quarry Road, and for regional collaboration.

“Cross boundary connectivity is crucial for our city’s infrastructure and how we move around the region,” she said.

“Green Camp Road is a major source of traffic congestion and frustration for those who use this key transport corridor between the Redlands and Brisbane City.

“Congestion between Thorneside and Wakerley was identified as a major problem by the Cross Boundary Transport Infrastructure group, a multi-agency initiative advocating for transport infrastructure projects across our city boundaries.

“This collaboration is critical to ensuring cross boundary infrastructure is delivered efficiently and it’s fantastic to see benefits coming from the relationship we have built with Brisbane City Council.”

Council understands this week’s Brisbane budget commitment is the start of a three-year program to duplicate Green Camp Road between Manly and Rickertt Road, as well as an upgrade of the Tilley Road intersection.

“This project is one part of a solution to improve traffic flow between Thorneside and Wakerley, and we will continue to advocate for Rickertt Road to be expanded and the bridge over Tingalpa Creek duplicated,” Cr Williams said.

Thorneside Councillor Paul Bishop, who has advocated for upgrades to Rickertt and Green Camp roads was also delighted by the announcement.

“Road projects on the periphery of our city have often been overlooked, so I’m pleased Brisbane City Council has funded this important upgrade, which will ultimately help ease congestion on Rickertt Road and support the use of active transport in this corridor, which was prioritised in our recent Cross Boundary Connectivity Committee meeting,” he said.

“As one of our city’s key transport corridors, this is an important link facilitating movement of cyclists, motorists and goods between the Redlands and Brisbane.

“Redland City Council upgraded Quarry Road in 2009 and this announcement takes us in the right direction to realise the full benefits of that upgrade.”

Initiated and co-chaired by Cr Williams, the Cross Boundary Transport Infrastructure group includes representatives from Redland City Council, Brisbane City Council, State Government, Federal Government, and the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Council asks State Government to put transport on the agenda

Redland City Council has asked the State Government to prioritise key transport infrastructure as part of a submission to the draft South East Queensland Regional Plan (SEQRP).

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said while the Council submission congratulated the State Government for including a number of transport projects for Redland City, it failed to provide expected timings for this infrastructure and left out other key transport upgrades.

“Our residents have told us that upgraded roads and public transport are critical and we have reflected this in our submission to the State Government by asking them to prioritise this infrastructure,” Cr Williams said.

“While the draft SEQRP includes extending the Eastern Busway to Capalaba and high frequency public transport to Capalaba, Cleveland, Victoria Point and southern Redland Bay, it fails to provide timeframes for these projects to be delivered, leaving residents in the dark.

“The Draft SEQRP also doesn’t include the much needed duplication of the Cleveland rail line or improved road links between Redland City and the Port of Brisbane and Gateway Motorway corridor.

“These projects have been included in past State Government Infrastructure plans but have now dropped off the radar and I want to make sure they are part of the State Government’s agenda and all future planning documents.”

“The Draft SEQRP also says there needs to be more growth in the Cleveland Rail corridor to justify duplication of the rail line, but it fails to identify a growth target, meaning again we are in the dark as to when or if to expect this vital infrastructure.”

Cr Williams said the SEQRP also failed to recognise the unique challenges facing Redland City’s island communities.

“As a city of islands Redland City faces some unique challenges, which will likely become more obvious over the coming years as North Stradbroke Island transitions away from sandmining,” Cr Williams said.

“Our submission to the Draft SEQRP encourages the State Government to include the North Stradbroke Island transition package as part of the plan to ensure the future of Straddie is considered in their long-term strategic direction.

“The Draft SEQRP also fails to acknowledge the unique circumstances that exist on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, in particular the development potential of the islands and their location within a unique environmental setting.”

The State Government’s draft South East Queensland Regional Plan can be found here.

Council’s full submission to the draft South East Queensland Regional Plan can be found here.

Redland City residents urged to ‘give a beep’ about transport upgrades

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams is urging local residents to show they ‘give a beep’ about road and transport upgrades in a bid to secure funding from the major parties in the lead up to the 2013 Federal Election.

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) month-long ‘Give A Beep’ campaign, launched earlier this week, asks SEQ residents to throw their support behind transport upgrade projects in their local community by registering their ‘beep’ at www.giveabeep.com.au.

Cr Williams said a number of key infrastructure projects that were critical to the region’s productivity had been ignored by the major parties for too long.

“It is time to show our federal politicians that a vote from the residents of Redlands is dependent on investment in our region,” Cr Williams said.

“We need Canberra to commit to key transport upgrades that will reduce congestion, boost local business’ productivity and ultimately create more jobs.

“Council of Mayors (SEQ) has earmarked 36 projects for federal funding, from big ticket projects including the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing and upgrades to the Bruce, Pacific and Cunningham Highways, through to localised projects that will make a difference to the community.

“Three projects on the Council of Mayors (SEQ) infrastructure priority list are in Redland City and include the development of two new road corridors and an upgrade of the Cleveland rail line.”

The Redland City to Port of Brisbane corridor will link the major residential growth areas in Brisbane’s South East to Redlands and the Australian Trade Coast precinct.

The Redland City (Gateway Motorway Corridor) will improve the freight and transport corridor that joins the Redland City Council region to the motorway.

The Manly to Cleveland Rail line upgrade will duplicate the rail line to allow more frequent services to the CBD and the Brisbane Airport.

Cr Williams said all of these projects were vital to improving the economic viability of the region and encouraged those who hadn’t registered their beep to do so.

“It is as easy as logging onto the ‘give a beep’ website and hitting the ‘beep’ button at the top of the screen to show support for transport upgrades in Redlands,” she said.

“We want Redlands to make some noise because the more beeps we get, the louder the message will be and more bargaining power we will have at the table when fighting for our fair share of Federal funding.”

Redlands projects and fact sheets

For a full list of projects and to register visit www.giveabeep.com.au


Pensioners and low income to benefit from SMBI Translink

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams says pensioners and low income earners will benefit from the Translink go card extension to the Southern Moreton Bay Islands (SMBI).

“Based on the predicted 2013 go card fares, fares will be at least 30 per cent cheaper compared to the cost of a single paper ticket with a further 20 per cent saving for off-peak use.

“Aside from the free inter-island travel for island residents under the agreement, pensioner go-card holders who make two go card paid journeys in a single day will travel for free for the rest of the day.

“A resident concession holder, taking on average two inter-island return trips per week, will save over $200 per year.

“Even when the proposed rate levy is taken into account, a single SMBI pensioner ratepayer making one weekly return trip to Weinam Creek would be close to break even while a pensioner couple would be ahead.

“Travel savings will also extend to those visiting family and friends on the islands, encouraging more regular travel and helping to reduce social isolation for island retirees and seniors.

“I would encourage SMBI residents to make their own calculations on the costs and benefits rather than accept some of the current fare speculation.

“Helpful fare and Q&A information will soon be available on both Council and the Translink websites, in addition to Translink community forums planned for SMBI in the New Year.

“While the proposed levy contribution certainly helped to break the deadlock for this agreement, Council will review all SMBI rates and infrastructure charges when framing next year’s budget to minimise the impact on island ratepayers.

“The high cost of SMBI Island transport has long been a major brake on the SMBI economy, employment and the social welfare of islanders.

“I am very excited about the possibilities now available for the SMBI community.

“The reduction in SMBI public transport costs at last offers the prospect of a real boost to SMBI property values, business, tourism and employment,” Cr Williams said.

“The state member for Redlands Peter Dowling MP has been instrumental in helping to achieve this outcome,” Cr Williams said.

“Peter has rightly noted that the proposed transport rate levy on SMBI land owners of approximately $7 per month or $22.00 per quarter is an investment in the future.

“Council is looking forward to working with the SMBI community in the new year to fully leverage this investment.

Islanders to save millions in Translink coup

Southern Moreton Bay islanders will save millions of dollars in travel costs a year under a
deal struck today by Redland City Council and the State Government.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams and Assistant Minister for Public Transport Steve
Minnikin said successful negotiations to link the SMBI to the Translink network would
deliver huge savings and social benefits to islanders who used water taxis, buses and
trains from 1 July 2013.

“Based on 2013 fares the annual savings on a variety of travel options for SMBI residents
will potentially range from over $200 for a single student to up to $6000 for a family of
four,” Cr Williams said.

“The savings from this agreement will be in the millions of dollars.

“This is fantastic news for islanders. The extension of GoCard for travel to and from the
islands is long overdue and deserved recognition that island residents should be able to
access the same public transport concessions as the rest of South-East Queensland.

“GoCard travel will be at least 30% cheaper than the cost of a paper ticket, all travel is
free after the ninth paid GoCard journey in a seven-day period and islanders can save
another 20% by opting for off-peak travel.

“One of the greatest outcomes of our negotiation is free travel for island residents
between the SMBI, giving greater access to facilities, schools and services at no cost to
the traveller.”

The Go Card service will be trialled for two-and-a-half years from 1 July 2013 until 1
January 2016.

Council at a special general meeting today (Monday 17 December) formally endorsed
the trial agreement and a SMBI ratepayer contribution of approximately $88 towards the
cost of the service in 2013-14.

“For this very small investment residents will get not just savings on travel costs but
better employment opportunities and access to facilities and services on the mainland or
other islands,” Cr Williams said.

“A working adult commuting daily to work from SMBI to Weinam Ck can expect to save
over $1000 a year.

“A single adult working in Brisbane’s CBD will potentially save close to $2000 a year.

“GoCard will have significant social and economic benefits for nearly 7,000 people living
on the islands, reducing barriers to social isolation, particularly for the elderly and those
on limited incomes who can now travel free between the islands to visit friends and

“This is very welcome news and I am delighted the State Government has acknowledged
the travel cost disadvantage long experienced by island residents.

“This announcement has come after long and intensive lobbying by myself and Council
and has only been possible in the end after Council agreed to a SMBI community
contribution towards the cost of the service.”

Assistant Minster for Public Transport Steve Minnikin said he was delighted Redland City
Council and the State government have been able to reach an agreement that will mean
cheaper travel for the residents of Redlands.

“For the first time go card equipment and technology will be available for passengers on
Bay Island Ferries integrating the islands into south-east Queensland public transport,”
Mr Minnikin said.

“Visitors and residents can take advantage of GoCard discounts, including free travel
after nine weekly journeys.”

An estimated 100,000 SMBI passenger ferry trips are taken each month, including 1750
return trips a day. In addition, there are a total of 10,000 bus trips through Weinam Creek
each month using Translink.