Coast Connect Forum To Discuss Local Issues
THE Coast Connect transport project has been released by the State Government recently with the start earmarked for 2014.
Member for Kawana Jarrod Bleijie is hosting a community forum tonight (Thursday), with local residents and business owners who may be adversely affected by the $350 million public transport upgrade, are invited to attend and voice their concerns.
"My concern has been the lack of consultation and communication with local residents and business owners," Mr Bleijie said.
"The finalised concept map that was released had not changed from the previous draft, which begs the question - what was the point of a draft plan?
"Due to the lack of information that was being released by the Government, I thought it best to invite all of the stakeholders in my electorate, predominantly along Nicklin Way and Main Drive.
"The point of the forum is two-fold - firstly to discuss what has been released and provide some basic information and to also find out how this will impact people in my electorate.
"In terms of property acquisitions, some business owners and residents are happy to sell up and move on - if they are offered a fair price, while others are not happy and want to put up a fight.
"The major concerns for business owners is the potential loss of car parks, which can be a killer for small business, particularly in this climate.
"In discussions that I have had, the Department seems happy to discuss ways to minimise car parking losses, which could have been resolved in the draft consultation stages.
"Sometimes when it comes to planning, the common sense approach is not first priority.
"We certainly need a better public transport system and for this we need improved services.
"It's all about working together to iron out the issues and come up with a plan that suits all stakeholders, not just the Government.
"Consultation means listening and responding not just providing lip service for the sake of it.
"Business owners want some short-term and long-term certainty and even though this project is not due to commence until 2014, the time to discuss the detail is now," Mr Bleijie said.
Date: Thursday 28 April, 2011
Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Venue: multi-purpose hall, Kawana Waters State College, Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina.
"If you are coming along, please contact my office on (07) 5478 1189."
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