Jason Hunt, the ALP Candidate for Caloundra, arranged a meeting with Mark Bailey the State Government’s Minister for Transport and Main Roads and BeCA. Mark was accompanied by Amanda Yates and Brett Reid. Amanda Yates now holds a high ranking position with The Department of Transport and Main Roads. BeCA had met with Amanda previously when she previously managed the Transport and Main Roads Office in Maroochydore.
The Minister will follow up with BeCA’s concerns on an adequate school bus service for Baringa and Bellvista/Bells Reach students attending Meridan State High School.
On the commencement of planning on a connecting road between Pelican Waters Blvd and Aura Blvd, Amanda Yates said that the Department for Transport and Main Roads was closely monitoring the situation and the development at Baringa and Caloundra South. As house lot sales continue in the Caloundra South area, so too does the need for Stockland to complete the Bells Creek Arterial. It is believed that as the Bells Creek Arterial nears completion through to the Bruce Highway, then planning and construction of connecting road between Pelican Waters Blvd and Aura Blvd will commence.
This will occur in agreement with the Sunshine Coast Council as it plans new roadway entries into Caloundra from Nicklin Way. Council has already completed connecting Burke Street with the Pelican Waters Blvd.
All the details are set out in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreed to between Council and the State Government. You can download a draft copy of this document HERE (356KB PDF). The proposed Pelican Waters/Aura Blvd connecting road is Priority 4 and is item 13. It seems priorities 1 and 3 have been completed as Council’s commitment to works outlined in the MOU.
When quizzed on duplication of the rail track through to Nambour, Mark Bailey said that under a Federal Liberal Party agreement, projects such as this are usually funded 80% Federal and 20% State funds. The cost of construction is estimated at $780,000,000 which meant the State Government would need to would provide its 20%. However the Federal Government believes a section of the rail duplication is outside the guidelines and they are prepared to bring the total up to $550,000,000. At this stage, the 550 million is enough to duplicate the line to Beerwah.
We await as the stalemate takes its course. The State Government is happy for this agreed section of the works to go ahead.
BeCA thanked Mark Bailey and his team for making time to visit and discuss these issues. BeCA managed to get its views across and the State Government team now understand our community’s concerns and look forward to some of the issues being addressed into the future.
In summing up, BeCA now assumes the proposed connecting road is firmly planted as a higher priority on the government’s agenda than it had been 3 or 4 years ago.