Traffic congestion is always a challenge at peak visitor times but Noosa Council’s lack of an effective management strategy is making the situation worse, says councillor candidate David ‘Fletch’ Fletcher.
“We all know traffic management is a mounting problem in Noosa, especially during holidays,” Mr Fletcher said.
“There are three key issues - congestion, lack of parking and poor public transport.
“The council has just spent three years talking about a fix, but a traffic management plan was never finalised let alone implemented.
“Residents and visitors alike are inconvenienced and frustrated, and the free holiday buses have made little impact on the problem.”
Mr Fletcher said parking facilities are required at strategic locations along the major roads entering Noosa.
“So long as most traffic is forced to enter Noosa within the Hastings Street, Noosa Junction and Gympie Terrace triangle, the situation will remain horrendous.
“I understand the council has been opposed to parking stations, but it’s time this attitude was revised.”
Mr Fletcher said free shuttle buses equipped to carry surfboards and other gear should be deployed to run frequently between strategically located parking stations and retail and tourist hubs.
“The council must manage this problem, not allow it to get worse,” he said.
“If elected in March, the Future Noosa candidates will insist that the council finalise an effective traffic plan, identify funding for it and implement it.
“We will also be strong and consistent advocates for better public transport within and connecting with the shire.
“Noosa needs action on traffic and parking, and we need it quickly.”
“Planning without action is not part of our repertoire,” he said.