A search of the State Government’s forward estimates for 4 years through to 2021 shows there’s no sign of State Government funding for the Caloundra Road/Nicklin Way roundabout.
This has alarmed the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce who recently asked candidates in Saturday’s State election to comment on the Chamber’s list of priority infrastructure projects and identify their commitments.
The sitting LNP member Mark McArdle, ALP candidate Jason Hunt and One Nation candidate Rod Jones all responded to the request from the Chamber to comment on Caloundra’s top five infrastructure needs.
The Caloundra Chamber of Commerce was pleased to receive candidates feedback and their detailed responses are now online on the Chamber’s website.
Caloundra’s number one priority infrastructure project that the Chamber identified was the overworked roundabout at the entrance to town.
Traffic heading east along Caloundra Road and west along Bowman Road join with loads from Pelican Waters and Nicklin Way to make it one of the busiest and most congested red spots in the region.
Chamber President Mike Shadforth said “It’s alarming that while everyone agrees that the Caloundra Road roundabout is the town’s most dire infrastructure problem, only Mark McArdle committed to $15million funding for some congestion busting”.
Caloundra West has moved into the top 10 SEQ growth areas for all age groups except the 20-24 year olds over the last five years according to analysis of the census 2016 verse 2011 figures.
The 55-64 age group featured two Caloundra locations in the top ten movers in SEQ:
Golden Beach/Pelican Waters in seventh spot and Caloundra West in ninth.
With so much population growth since 2011 and more to come, further chaos for Caloundra’s road system is a real concern.
The Chamber says that something must be done without delay. They are calling for the new State Government to address Caloundra’s priority infrastructure needs and for all three levels of Government to work together to improve the road network for the region’s fastest growing population centre.
Online article & responses: http://bit.ly/CandidatesRespond