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Watch: Route of Gold Coast’s new ‘M2’ motorway revealed [video]

Watch Route of Gold Coast’s new ‘M2’ motorway revealed [video]

THE route of the Gold Coast’s new ‘M2’ motorway has been locked in, with the final stretch now officially mapped out.

The State Government on Sunday announced the final route of the six-lane road had been gazetted, allowing it to be protected from new development.

It will run for 42km between Nerang and Logan and is tipped to take around 60,000 cars off the congested M1.

Dubbed the Coomera Connector, the new road will be located east of the M1 and, starting from Nerang-Broadbeach Road in Nerang, will travel through Helensvale, Coomera, Pimpama, Ormeau, Stapylton and Eagleby before connecting with the Logan and Pacific Motorway interchanges.

Watch Route of Gold Coast’s new M2 motorway revealed

Watch Route of Gold Coast’s new ‘M2’ motorway revealed

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the new road was essential to alleviating congestion on the M1 and would provide an important north-to-south transport link for north Gold Coast communities.

“With more than 180,000 vehicles travelling on the M1 each day and strong population growth on the northern Gold Coast, we need to plan for the region’s future transport demands,” Mr Bailey said.

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“We want people to spend more time at home with their family and friends and less time in traffic, and that means responsibly planning now for growing communities between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

“Now, the entire 45 kilometre Coomera Connector corridor – including the final northern stretch to the Logan Motorway – has been officially gazetted as a future state-controlled road.”

The Nerang to Coomera section was gazetted in March 2016 and the Coomera to Stapylton section in May 2017.

The corridor has been identified in various public planning documents, such as published street directories, regional transport plans, planning studies and City of Gold Coast planning schemes since the 1990s.

Formerly known as the intra-regional transport corridor, the new road will provide more choices for local traffic and additional crossings of the Logan, Coomera and Nerang Rivers.

It’s also expected to cut travel time between the Coast and the Capital by reducing the number of local trips on the M1.

Watch Route of Gold Coast’s new ‘M2 motorway revealed

Mr Bailey said there was still plenty of work to do to bring the project to life.

‘‘The community will continue to be involved in future stages of planning for the corridor,” he said.

“Opportunities for consultation will be both in person at a series of information sessions and online.

“Community members will be able to learn more about the project and provide feedback using digital engagement tools such as collaborative mapping.’’

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The Palaszczuk Government has committed $5 million to undertake transport planning studies for the corridor.

Residents who live or have properties along the gazetted route have already been notified, while community information sessions are still being planned along the length of the corridor to gain community input into the short-listed options.

The community will also be given a chance to provide feedback about the project online.

A master plan will then be developed to determine the preferred option for the corridor and help determine how delivery of the project could be staged.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads says a timeline for construction has not yet been identified and will depend on the future traffic growth in the surrounding area and availability of funding.

The Department says it is also liaising with property owners regarding land sales and development applications and early acquisition of properties “may occur in some hardship circumstances”.

Planning continues to progress for the alignment.

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Land purchase creates region’s largest environment reserve

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Doonan Creek Environment Reserve in Peregian Springs is now the largest reserve in Sunshine Coast Council’s conservation estate thanks to the acquisition of an additional property.

The latest purchase adds 94 hectares to the existing reserve and brings it to an impressive 474 hectares in total.

Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson said that additional land was acquired using funds generated by the Environment Levy, which is contributed to by all ratepayers.

“The importance of our Environment Levy land acquisition program is that it helps to grow our conservation network and provide opportunities for council to create new habitat to support our native plants and animals,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“The new parcel is adjacent to the existing Doonan Creek Environment Reserve and by consolidating it with the existing Reserve it will assist in providing more connected green spaces for our community.

“This purchase is particularly significant because it preserves our highly valued Maroochy-Noosa wallum biodiversity corridor and is covered entirely with native vegetation which is in excellent condition.

“This corridor includes diverse habitats such as coastal lowlands and floodplains that together form an essential corridor for our wildlife to move through the landscape.

“The Doonan Creek Environment Reserve builds on and complements the significant environmental values of council’s nearby Blue Heart project.

“It’s our council’s continued focus on preserving our important environmental assets and maintaining our desirable lifestyle that will see us realise our vision for the Sunshine Coast: Australia’s most sustainable region – healthy, smart, creative.”

Environment and Liveability Portfolio and Division 9 Councillor Maria Suarez said land acquisitions helped to protect our environment and helped to ensure the Sunshine Coast continued to be a great place to live into the future.

“This purchase contributes towards achieving our Environment and Liveability Strategy’s biodiversity objective to expand and connect our conservation estate,” Cr Suarez said.

“The Doonan Creek Environment Reserve, with the addition of this land parcel, will continue to protect our critically endangered rainforest and wetland, and our locally important wallum vegetation communities.

“This additional land will also protect more than two kilometres of Doonan Creek.

“Through implementation of the Doonan Creek Environment Reserve Management Plan this reserve will also provide opportunities to connect people with nature through conservation, recreation and education.

“And the community will be able to do just that this Saturday 5 June as we celebrate World Environment Day at Doonan Creek Environment Reserve with family-friendly fun, including tree planting.”

Sunshine Coast Council’s conservation estate now totals more than 7000 hectares and is one of the largest council-owned and/or managed conservation estates in south east Queensland.

 

Article Source: www.miragenews.com

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Brisbane

Brisbane Airport’s $1bn Third Terminal

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Brisbane Airport has unveiled plans to build a $1-billion third terminal that will connect its dual runways.

The proposed terminal will be a 250,000sq m integrated L-shaped building that services both domestic and international operations, positioned between the two runways.

While the airport’s design hasn’t been finalised it will be put before Brisbane Airport Development and Design Integrity Panel as well as up for community consultation before being signed off on.

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) said the development would be marked for completion in 2032, however, the timeline would be moved forward if Brisbane was confirmed as the host of the 2032 Olympic Games.

“Brisbane Airport has been blessed with two great pieces of terminal architecture in the current domestic and international terminals,” a Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) spokesperson said.

“[The new terminal] will be a modern, sustainable green building that harnesses the best of Queensland—its sunshine—alongside engaging retail options and touchless, self-service operations.

“It will also open up new international route opportunities like we saw with Chicago and San Francisco pre-Covid.”

Brisbane, currently Australia’s third-busiest airport spanning a 2700-hectare site, recently completed the construction of its $1.3-billion, 3.3km second runway.

The new runway has now given the airport the largest aviation capacity of any city in Australia, allowing for up to 110 aircraft movements per hour, comparable to major international hubs like Singapore Changi Airport and Hong Kong International Airport.

Brisbane Airport Corporation is also set to spend another $2 billion on major projects over the next five years.

“The aviation industry is resilient and has weathered many storms,” head of infrastructure development Paul Coughlan said.

“Air travel will bounce back, as it did after the 11 September 2001 terror attacks and the global financial crisis. It has always rebounded, and it rebounds strongly.

“Now more than ever, it is crucial that we have the infrastructure and mechanisms in place to allow our great city and state to recover from Covid-19.

“As we emerge from the pandemic, Brisbane Airport will be in the best position possible to attract new airlines and new routes, connecting Brisbane to the world more than ever before.”

Along with a new northern integrated domestic and international terminal, BAC wants to connect the airport precincts together with a new Australian-first airport mass transit system.

As part of the Brisbane Airport 2020 masterplan, BAC is planning a mass transit system that could handle the forecasted 50 million passengers and 50,000 workers that will transit through the Airport precinct by 2040.

According to BAC, an elevated air-train transit system could handle 3200 passengers per hour and take no longer than five minutes.

 

Article Source: www.theurbandeveloper.com

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Gold Coast

Gold Coast’s green tinge with huge beachfront rainforest restoration

The City of Gold Coast is undertaking one of Australia’s largest ever beachfront rainforest restoration projects.

If you’ve ever taken in the natural beauty of the Gold Coast’s glorious beaches or strolled along the city’s golden coastline, chances are you’ve unknowingly appreciated littoral rainforest.

Littoral rainforest is a type of forest that grows along the beachfront, providing habitat for native flora and fauna and acting as an important buffer to coastal erosion and wind damage.

It’s a unique ecological community that is currently considered critically endangered, due to limited large-scale areas of it remaining intact.

To protect the Gold Coast’s natural environment and expand its ecological footprint, the City of Gold Coast is undertaking one of Australia’s largest-ever beachfront rainforest restoration projects.

The project involves the restoration of 37 hectares of littoral rainforest within the Federation Walk Coastal Reserve at The Spit, Main Beach.

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A total contribution of $8 million has been provided across all three levels of government to transform the eastern side of The Spit and add to the Gold Coast’s biodiversity offering.

The project is expected to take twelve months for plantings to become established, and a further ten years to restore the native forest.

Restoration works will involve weed control, the planting of 350,000 native littoral rainforest tree species, and a world-class irrigation system that will use recycled water to mitigate bushfire risk and assist with rainforest establishment.

The project is set to create one of the largest areas of littoral rainforest in the country and deliver valuable greenspace for the Gold Coast’s future.

Visitors to the reserve will be able to enjoy a unique nature-based recreational experience, under the cool canopy of littoral rainforest and other coastal vegetation communities while enjoying the world-class ocean park destination at The Spit. 

Local community group ‘Friends of Federation Walk’ have been involved in protecting The Spit’s coastal reserve for more than 20 years.

The volunteer group is headed up by Lyn Wright – a passionate Gold Coaster who is focussed on ensuring present and future generations of the community can enjoy, appreciate and care for The Spit.

“We’re absolutely thrilled with the plans presented by the city to restore the native vegetation to this area of the coastal reserve,” says Wright.

“When you visit Federation Walk, you feel like you’re in another world. It’s a very special place and it’s important that we protect and enhance it.

“Thousands of volunteers have been involved in the ongoing Friends of Federation Walk program over the last twenty years.

“We’ve worked closely with the council over this time to help promote the importance of looking after our natural areas, as well as driving community interest in initiatives such as tree planting events.”

 The Gold Coast is one of the most biodiverse cities in Australia and is home to internationally acclaimed areas such as the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests and the Ramsar Convention-listed coastal wetlands of southern Moreton Bay.

The project will also contribute to the city’s aim of achieving the target of 51 per cent vegetation cover.

 

Article Source: inqld.com.au

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