Transport Community Group selected
  • Thursday 27 November 2008

Sunshine Coast Regional Council is moving towards a partnership with its community via a Transport Community Group to help establish key directions for transport on the coast.

Sunshine Coast Council Integrated Transport Systems portfolio holder, Councillor Vivien Griffin, said council had agreed to establish the group to help guide the development of transport planning and implementation across the region.

“We need to be very focussed on sustainable transport outcomes if we are to achieve our goal of becoming Australia’s most sustainable region,” Cr Griffin said.

“The strongest way to do that is through engagement with our community.”

In a report to today’s Strategy and Planning committee, 13 community members were recommended for membership to the new Group.

The recommendation will now be considered by the full council at next week’s Ordinary meeting.

Cr Griffin, said council had received more than 50 nominations from community organisations, industry, development and individuals eager to be part of the Group.

“I would like to thank all those who applied for positions on the Group – all would have brought a huge depth and breadth to the issue of integrated transport on the Coast,” Cr Griffin said.

“However, with only limited places available, we have had to be selective.

“Council has a role in helping to ensure there are real alternatives above and beyond traditional transport modes, such as the car, for residents throughout the region. This will need to include high quality and frequent public transport, and cycling and walking capacity.

“And there is no doubt that the way this council tackles the region’s transport challenges will help to shape the look and feel of the Sunshine Coast.

“The Transport Community Group will play an important part in that role. It will provide the region with a mechanism to raise community views and needs in relation to our transport issues. It will also act as a sounding board and an ideas bank for finding solutions and providing feedback.

This feedback will give council a platform to clearly articulate community expectations in policy, project and service outcomes within our own transport related projects and those of State and Federal Governments.”

The recommendation to approve the membership of the Group will be considered by the full Council at its Ordinary Meeting on Thursday 4 December at the Tewantin office.