Recently, local ALP Branch President Jason Hunt took on the responsibility of arranging a meeting between advisors to the State Government’s Minister for Roads and BeCA. The meeting took place in Brisbane and was attended by two BeCA Management Committee members, Jason Hunt and an ALP Executive worker.
BeCA attended with maps in hand and a preparedness to bring both advisors up to date on current traffic conditions around our estates, the shambolic situation which is Caloundra Rd, and a possible new link between Pelican Waters Blvd and Bellvista Blvd.
As the meeting got underway it became obvious that the advisors were all over the traffic situation here and shared our concerns over current traffic conditions on Caloundra Rd. As it turned out, one of the advisors lives in Kawana and regularly travels to visit relatives in Golden Beach.
The State Government is well under way with exploring all possible solutions to the current Caloundra Rd concerns.
The Government asked Stockland what would be required to have the new link road from the roundabout at Corbould Park to Roys Rd and the Bruce Hwy brought forward and built now. It is suggested that the total cost to build this road is around $100,000,000. Currently the new link road is to be built depending on land sales and the staged development of Caloundra South. It is expected to be completed in around 12 years.
To have the road built now rather than later, Stockland is said to have asked the State Government to commit $50,000,000. This is an amount the government is unable to justify currently.
Our group quizzed the advisors on so called ‘trigger points’, the number of traffic movements required to initiate an upgrade in a road. BeCA was informed last Monday that the trigger point for Bellvista Blvd is 18,000 movements, current movements total only 14,000.
The government advisors told us the government doesn’t use ‘figures’ to determine trigger points. Rather it uses a range of letters, A,B,C,D,E, F etc to ‘classify’ a road. A classification is determined by traffic movements, traffic speeds, congestion, and a range of other indicators. It was suggested Nicklin Way is classified as either an E or an F. Where Stockland’s trigger points spring from is not currently known, it may be these are there ‘own’ figures they use for planning purposes. Maybe there is another source.
The suggestion of a link road between the Bellvista Blvd extension and Pelican Waters Blvd was raised. This is a solution which the State Government has already considered and remains ‘on the table’ as a realistic proposition. However whether the road would be a State Government or Local Government responsibility was unclear during our discussions. If it is a Local Government issue, the responsibility for building and funding the road would be the Sunshine Coast Council.
It was agreed that this solution (construction of the Pelican Waters Blvd/Bellvista Blvd road) would achieve the aim of removing traffic from Caloundra Rd by diverting it along the proposed new road onto Stockland’s about to be built road connecting with Caloundra Rd at Corbould Park roundabout. If the Kawana Link Rd was constructed all the way through to the Bruce Highway, a second access to the Bruce Highway would be available to all and the proposed Pelican Waters Blvd/Bellvista Blvd connection road would be even more beneficial to removing traffic off Caloundra Rd.
BeCA has been told it is now to be included in any Public Discussion regarding Caloundra Rd issues with the State Government. A representative from the Main Roads Department will attend and report to a BeCA Management Committee Meeting following the upcoming Sunshine Coast Council elections. The Dept of Main Roads meet with Councillor Baberowski. Road Planning is a section of Cr Baberowski’s portfolio of responsibilities.
BeCA has asked for the State Government’s classification for Bellvista Blvd and who will be responsible for any connection road between Bellvista Blvd and Pelican Waters Blvd, State or Local Government. It may be that when the possible re location of Caloundra Aerodrome was being considered, the State Government may have nominated a road reserve along this route.
BeCA left the meeting believing the State Government was fully informed of the current traffic situation, especially along Caloundra Rd and is working towards a solution. The problem remains, where will the funding come from?