- Last updated:
- 15 Dec 2020
In early 2021, council will undertake a comprehensive community and stakeholder engagement on the options for mass transit. This will inform the final options analysis before it is considered by council.
The engagement will also seek inputs on the local land use planning opportunities. This will help council to understand the community’s views for accommodating growth in the coastal corridor.
Council is committed to engaging the community during the business case process. This will build on the extensive consultation undertaken over recent years in relation to the planning scheme and various council strategies.
This opportunity will also enable council and our community and stakeholders to have a conversation about:
- the implications of the growth forecast for the next twenty years
- the opportunities for a coordinated transport and land use strategy to manage this growth
- what is important to the community and how we can maintain our lifestyle and character
- the range of options for meeting our future transport and land use needs
- the opportunities to improve local facilities, better connect our active transport network and provide supporting infrastructure.
Council is currently procuring engagement specialists to assist with the engagement process. The engagement will provide a range of opportunities for everyone in our community to participate. More information will be available in early 2021. We encourage you to share this information with your networks to ensure everyone in the Sunshine Coast has the chance to have their say.
There will be three key elements to this program to share your views on:
- Mass transit options
- Land use and urban form
- Placemaking opportunities
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 the 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 in 2013
The Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme adopted in 2014
The Environment and Liveability Strategy released in 2017
The Sunshine Coast Community Strategy released in 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 in 2017.