- Tuesday 20 September 2016
The Transport Levy is continuing to help secure the Sunshine Coast’s transport future, with its highlights for the past 12 months featuring in the 2015/16 Transport Levy Annual Report now available for the community to view.
Funds from the annual Transport Levy, contributed to by all ratepayers, help council to investigate future transport options, undertake important long-term planning and trial service gaps that exist in our region.
Transport Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said he was pleased with the program’s achievements during the 2015/16 financial year.
“The annual report helps the community understand exactly how and where council is investing levy funds and demonstrates we are doing some outstanding things for our community in the transport space,” Cr Baberowski said.
“Through the levy, we are investing in projects that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.
“It is an important component for our transport future. It allows us to investigate future transport opportunities and provides a basis for improving our strategic transport network.
“Advancing investigations to bring forward beneficial public transport outcomes on the Sunshine Coast is a key focus for the levy.
“It also increases council’s ability to achieve long-term transport outcomes for the Sunshine Coast.
“Significant contributions to the Transport Futures Fund are essential to progressing future projects such as Sunshine Coast Light Rail, which won three awards in 2015/16.
“This allowance will help attract State and Federal Government investment for joint transport solutions and other transport services that will ultimately cater for future travel demand.
“The Transport Levy program is working toward the goals identified in council’s Sustainable Transport Strategy 2011-2031, which positions us to take advantage of new approaches and technologies to meet those challenges.”
Throughout the 2015/16 financial year, the Transport Levy funded improvements to local public transport services, provided trial service improvements to promote patronage, upgraded bus stops to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act, provided trial public transport options and undertook research, planning and investigations for future transport options.
View the Transport Levy Annual Report 2015/16 online at www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.
In 2015/2016 the Transport Levy enabled a number of achievements including:
$634,384 towards upgrading 39 bus stops across the Sunshine Coast including the installation of 24 new bus shelters, provided in compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act.
$557,767 in financial support for the continuation of the Light Rail Feasibility and Business Case development.
$181,636 contribution to TransLink to jointly fund the Maleny-Landsborough-Beerwah Bus Service.
$907,653 contribution to the Transport Futures Fund in the 2015/16 financial year.
4301 passenger trips and 44,680km travelled on the levy-funded Flexilink Services.
12,322 passenger trips and 82,365km travelled on the levy-funded Council Link services.