Bribie Island and its neighbouring communities are at a pivotal juncture as the Queensland Government, led by Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey, launches the Bribie Island and Surrounds Transport and Mobility Study. This critical initiative seeks to address the evolving transport needs of this rapidly growing region.
The study, spearheaded by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), is not just a mere assessment; it is an invitation for community members to actively participate in shaping the future of their transport system. With the area expected to witness significant population growth over the next two decades, the study aims to develop a comprehensive understanding of both current challenges and future opportunities.
The scope of the study encompasses Bribie Island and mainland communities such as Donnybrook, Toorbul, Meldale, Ningi, Sandstone Point, Godwin Beach, and Beachmere. Moreover, it extends to evaluating connections with major hubs like the Sunshine Coast, Caboolture, Redcliffe, and greater Brisbane, thereby considering the broader mobility landscape.
Minister Bailey emphasises the diversity of transport modes – walking, cycling, public transport, and driving – to ensure a holistic approach to the study. “With more than 37,000 residents in the area, and numbers on the rise, we must anticipate and plan for increased transport demands,” he stated. This sentiment is echoed by Ali King MP, State Member for Pumicestone, who advocates for the community’s active involvement: “Our communities deserve the best in public transport services, and this study is your platform to voice what you need.”
The study is also attuned to the demographic nuances of the area, recognising the high proportion of residents aged 65 years or older and the need for appropriate transport access. This focus reflects the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to creating safe, efficient, and sustainable transport systems across Queensland.
Public consultation is a cornerstone of this study, with TMR encouraging residents and visitors to contribute their insights. Starting this week and running until Sunday, 17 December 2023, the community can provide feedback through an online survey, a mapping tool, or by attending community drop-in sessions. For further details or to participate, visit www.tmr.qld.gov.au/BribieIslandTransportandMobilityStudy or contact the TMR at Bribie.Island.Mobility.Study@tmr.qld.gov.au.
This community-driven approach, backed by a $400,000 government investment, represents a proactive step in not just understanding but genuinely catering to the transport needs of Bribie Island and its surroundings. As these communities continue to grow and evolve, the insights gathered from this study could play a pivotal role in shaping a transport network that truly reflects the needs and aspirations of its users.