- Last updated:
- 17 Sep 2021
Community engagement on the Sunshine Coast Mass Transit Options Analysis has concluded. The outcomes of the engagement process are being analysed to inform the finalisation of the Options Analysis report, the content of which is in the process of being amended, expanded, or qualified to the extent that the results of the engagement process provide a clear basis for doing so.
Over the 8 weeks from 28 April 2021 to 22 June 2021 we hosted over 50 community engagement activities in relation to the Sunshine Coast Mass Transit Options Analysis Report
Thank you to all those who provided feedback on this important project and participated in the following engagement activities:
- 19 pop-up events
- 4 virtual reality sessions
- 2 community round tables that included representative groups, aged care, youth, business, and accessibility groups
- a special presentation to Council and State Government Officers by MTAG, the Beach Matters Group and OSCAR on their views
- an Intergenerational Forum that brought together a wide range of interests from across all generations
- an Enquiry-By-Design workshop
- an online survey.
In addition to community engagement sessions, council officers also presented at:
- 5 schools
- 19 community and stakeholder briefings.
Where are we now?
We are sure many of our survey responders are keen to know the findings of the Sunshine Coast Mass Transit Draft Options Analysis community engagement.
When compiling the survey questions, we knew our community would like to provide comments to support their tick box answers and we were pleased many took up this opportunity.
Our community engagement specialists are working through these comments now, analysing the large amount of open-ended feedback we received.
Many others also submitted paper copies. These are being recorded manually and all surveys will be audited to check that each respondent has only submitted one survey.
We are also analysing our community’s views, ideas and opinions gathered at the many pop-up sessions, forums and workshops.
As you can imagine, with many hundreds of thousands of words submitted, this will take some time to ensure we correctly understand, analyse and deliver an accurate reflection of our community’s feedback.
We are sure our community supports our quest for accuracy which is crucial to this process and understands it takes time.
As indicated above, the outcomes of the engagement process are being analysed to inform the finalisation of the Options Analysis report, which will be presented to a future council meeting.
We look forward to sharing that information with our community.
How will the information be shared with our community?
The finalised Options Analysis report will be considered at a future council meeting, the date for which has yet to be set.
Prior to the council meeting, the agenda for the meeting, the updated Options Analysis report (including the summary report of the engagement process) and the details of the meeting will be published on council’s website.
Information about council meetings is published in council's Meetings, Minutes and Agendas web page.
Subject to council’s agreement, a finalised report will be presented to State Government for consideration and further assessment prior to development of a Detailed Business Case.
Project Brochure - this brochure provides a summary.
Previous community engagement
Council has engaged with the community, business and stakeholders since 2012 about the best ways to service the Sunshine Coast’s growing population, and we will continue this in the detailed business case phase.
An online consultation hub as part of A Line in the Sand (Full Report) Pre-feasibility and Rapid Economic Appraisal Report - 2012 report attracted more than 2,900 visits and 228 people took part in the poll on the hub. The recommended proposal for light rail on the Sunshine Coast was supported by 82 per cent of those who completed the poll.
In November 2014 more than 700 people had their say on light rail route options proposed for Maroochydore, Mooloolaba, Kawana and Caloundra. The vast majority (87 per cent) supported council's investigations into light rail and their feedback on route options contributed to the selection by council of a preferred route for further study.
Council undertook market research and community consultation between November 2017 and July 2018 to help shape them Integrated Transport Strategy endorsed by council in 2018. Key findings from the market research and community consultation relevant to the Sunshine Coast Mass Transit Project have been integrated with the business case workings.
Consultation on the broad need for improved transport connections and consolidation of urban development was also carried out during development of the:
- Regional Economic Development Strategy released 2013
- Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme adopted 2014
- Environment and Liveability Strategy released 2017
- Sunshine Coast Community Strategy released 2019.
The Queensland Government also undertook community consultation in relation to the extent and form of dwelling and employment provision on the Sunshine Coast as part of the preparation of ShapingSEQ - the South East Queensland Regional Plan - released 2017.