The Traffic Forum seeking community feedback on local traffic issues, especially Caloundra Rd was conducted at the CCSA Hall on Tuesday evening. A good crowd was in attendance to hear from local State MP’s, Stockland and representatives from the Department of Main Roads (DMR).
Four members of the BeCA Management Committee were in attendance.
There was little new information as BeCA has been making inquiries of its own into local traffic issues. Many of the ideas and plans raised at this meeting had previously been available to our residents via the website and the Newsletter.
But there were some facts of which BeCA was not fully aware and these came from the DMR representatives. There has been virtually no planning whatsoever of a proposed east-west link road which would connect Pelican Waters Blvd to Bellvista Blvd. The reason for this is that the DMR is working on a date of anywhere from 2026 to 2031 for the new Bells Creek Arterial (BCA) to be fully completed between the Bruce Hwy at Roys Rd and the Kawana Link Way/Caloundra Rd roundabout. The initial 5 or 6 km stretch of the BCA will be completed by this Christmas. This partially completed BCA will connect with the extension of Bellvista Blvd and provide a second entry/exit to the Kawana Link Way/Caloundra Rd roundabout.
The remaining 5 or 6 kilometres to connect with the Bruce Hwy will be completed in stages as required as Aura develops. At this stage it is expected the BCA will be completed any time between 2026 and 2031. The cost to complete this road is estimated at around $100, 000,000. Stockland does not have the funds at its disposal to construct the road at this stage. The staged development of the BCA is included in an infrastructure agreement Stockland has with the State Government.
There was strong feeling at the meeting that if at all possible, completing the BCA through to the Bruce Hwy was a priority to be brought forward to be completed ASAP. BeCA pointed out a possible alternative entry onto the Bruce Highway from Aura which was confirmed as a possible short term solution and could provide another option.
However the local member Mark McArdle believes the reworking of the Niklin Way/Caloundra Rd roundabout was the number one priority. It was just one of a raft of proposals which need to be implemented concurrently to ease traffic congestion along Caloundra Rd.
The DMR representatives are planning for a new road to provide access into Caloundra from Nicklin Way and connect to Arthur Street. Council is also working on a connection between Pelican Waters Blvd via either North St or Burke St. These projects are designed to lessen traffic along Bowman Road into Caloundra and relieve congestion at the Nicklin Way/Caloundra Rd roundabout.
BeCA suggested both MP’s seek to have planning of the proposed East/West Link Road at least started. However they believed the reworking of the Nicklin Way/Caloundra Rd would be the highest priority.
BeCA believes both proposals should sought simultaneously. The proposed East/West Link Rd would pass through some sensitive wetland areas and approvals to construct in these areas can be quite convoluted requiring years of negotiation. It would be disappointing if completion of the BCA was brought forward and the East/West Link Road then became a real possibility but planning had been held up as environmental approvals were completed.
The first stage of the Bells Creek Arterial Road at Stockland’s new community of Aura is getting closer to completion with construction expected to be finished by the end of this year (weather permitting). Stockland has advised that work on the project is progressing on schedule and the Department of Transport and Main Roads is expected to open the road to traffic early next year. This is the first major infrastructure investment at Aura and Stockland is committed to ensuring the first stage of the Bells Creek Arterial Road will be open by the time Aura’s first residents move in.
BeCA will continue to try to arrange to meet with the Minister for Main Roads Mark Bailey’s advisor and press to have the planning and costing of the East/West Link Road commenced.