How residents travel around the Redlands Coast has been at the centre of two decisions made by Redland City Council in this weeks’ Council meeting.
The first decision has seen Councillors endorse the Draft Redlands Coast Transport strategy for community engagement, while councillors also unanimously supported a Mayoral Minute for Council to make a submission to a State Government inquiry into the future of transport technology.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams says the endorsement of the Draft Redlands Coast Transport Strategy would give residents the opportunity to have their say on the future direction of transport planning on Redlands Coast.
Cr Williams says an important next step of the strategy was hearing from residents, businesses, schools and transport partners on what transport issues were important to them.
“As part of the consultation process we will ask residents what they think our priorities should be to help guide delivery of Council’s transport initiatives and advocacy to state and federal governments, transport providers and neighbouring local governments.”
“State and federal MPs will also be engaged directly, and information will be provided to raise community awareness about the transport network and which level of government was responsible for which transport corridor and service.
“Our journey to a more effective and efficient transport network is just starting. This won’t be completed overnight, nor can Council take this journey alone.”
“The State Government is responsible for many of the major transport opportunities across Redlands Coast, including the majority of roads in and out of the Coast, public transport and rail.”
The Mayor says a key part of this strategy will be to advocate to other levels of government and encourage them to prioritise the projects, road upgrades and public transport services our community needs”
Council would make the case for better transport technology to meet local challenges as part of their submission to the State Government Transport and Public Works Committee inquiry into Transport Technology.
“The Redlands Coast has some unique transport challenges and our submission will encourage the State Government to remove some of the existing barriers to the technology that may meet these challenges.”
“We will also use our submission to highlight the transport challenges and increased transport costs for our island communities, as well as the challenges our island-based residents face in accessing employment and social services.”