SEQ Regional Plan gets thumbs up but Sunshine Coast needs vital public transport infrastructure
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson welcomed the release by Deputy Premier Jackie Trad of the South East Queensland (SEQ) Regional Plan, but made it clear that it is vital the Sunshine Coast becomes a focus for critically needed transport infrastructure.
Mayor Jamieson said the SEQ Regional Plan acknowledged and reinforced council’s extensive planning for population growth and it was now up to the State Government to play its role and commit to essential public transport improvements on the Sunshine Coast.
“The new SEQ Regional Plan is very much focussed on growth, prosperity and liveability and I want to commend the Deputy Premier and her department for the collaborative approach they have taken with the SEQ councils in developing this important blueprint for the fastest growing region in Australia”, Mayor Jamieson said.
“This is no easy task, but the collaboration that has occurred around this process needs to be applauded.
“What the new Regional Plan highlights, however, is that the Sunshine Coast will need to accommodate nearly 200,000 more people through to 2041 and that there is critical, region-shaping infrastructure, like public transport services between Maroochydore to Caloundra to Beerwah and upgrades to the Beerburrum to Nambour Rail corridor, that must be a priority.
“The recently released 2016 Census data also demonstrated our population is growing rapidly and our transport infrastructure, which has suffered from decades of underinvestment, must be improved to service not only today’s residents but also the additional 200,000 that will live here in the next 25 years.
“The most critical thing we need now are commitments to bringing our public transport requirements up to the standard that the Sunshine Coast, as one of Australia’s top 10 biggest cities, deserves and requires.
“In the lead-up to the State election, our region requires all political parties to clearly and comprehensively outline their commitment to addressing the Sunshine Coast’s public transport needs.
“The Regional Plan provides the evidence base.
“All of the political parties and their candidates now need to demonstrate they are committed to providing the public transport infrastructure and solutions that the Sunshine Coast needs to prosper and remain Australia’s most sustainable region – healthy, smart and creative.”