Noosa to test drive new ways of getting around this Christmas

Published: Comments:
Automotive and Aerospace Lifestyle Noosa Council Tourism Travel & Transport

Council will road test a wide range of traffic and transport initiatives to make it easier for locals and visitors to get around Noosa this Christmas. The initiatives include Council’s popular Free Holiday Buses, which will run for the entire Queensland school holidays.

Noosa Council will road test a wide range of traffic and transport initiatives to make it easier for locals and visitors to get around Noosa this Christmas.

Parking information displayed on video screens, a ride-share app for Hastings Street workers, more free bus services and traffic control staff are just some of the tools Council will test drive, in partnership with the community, across December and January.

Recent traffic and parking studies have informed the trials, which are all geared toward the aims of Council’s Transport Strategy.

One of the trials features technology developed by Noosa’s 2018 GovHack Challenge team.

“Video screens along Walter Hay Drive, Cooroy-Noosa Road, Eumundi-Noosa Road, and David Low Way will use real-time parking and traffic information to direct drivers to where parking is currently available,” says Mayor Tony Wellington.

“To alleviate the traffic banking up as a result of people parallel parking at the start of Hastings Street, it is proposed to turn the first 8-16 bays into a temporary bicycle and scooter parking area. We are hoping to encourage more people to try two-wheeled transport to get to Hastings Street this Christmas.”

The trial has the support of Zero Emissions Noosa, the Hastings Street Association, Noosa Junction Traders Association, Tourism Noosa, Noosa Residents and Ratepayers Association and other stakeholders.

Council will also partner with Hastings Street businesses to trial a ride-share app.

“Workers in the Hastings Street precinct can use the new app to find people with which they can carpool. The app will match staff based on the times they start and finish work,” says the Mayor. “As an added incentive, we’ll provide a number of parking spaces specifically for ride-share drivers.”

The Mayor said Council’s Free Holiday Buses are also back this year, but they’ll run for the entire Queensland school holidays. “This includes a hinterland service, being route 632 to Cooran via Cooroy and Pomona. What’s more, Translink will also be conducting a special marketing campaign to promote the high frequency routes,” the Mayor said.

Paid parking at Noosa Heads Lions Park will also be extended this year, with 40% of the income going to the Tewantin-Noosa Lions Club and the rest being used to fund other transport initiatives.

Traffic control teams will be on hand to manage vehicle and pedestrian traffic at the intersection of Noosa Drive and Hastings Street. “The Christmas tree roundabout at Hastings Street is a major cause of congestion as pedestrians and vehicles compete with each other for priority. Having traffic controllers on site will help resolve this conflict,” the Mayor said. “Traffic controllers will also help move buses through the traffic to keep them running on time as a faster and easier travel option than taking the private car.”

All of the initiatives support Council’s Transport Strategy priorities. These include the use of new technology, park-and-ride services, plus better parking management and support of sustainable transport modes, such as bikes and scooters.

“This will be the first multi-modal approach to peak traffic congestion to be trialled in Noosa, and the results will help inform Council about future options. This isn’t the be-all and end-all of our traffic solutions, but rather an initial foray into what is a very complex problem. Council will continue to work with stakeholders to develop our big picture approach to transport for the shire,” said Mayor Wellington.

Noosa Council : View Full Profile
9 Pelican Street, Tewantin
07 5329 6500
Noosa Council
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Council welcomes State's decision on mining exploration permit 15 January 2019 | Noosa Council has welcomed the State Government's decision not to renew a mining exploration permit that encroaches on the northern part of Noosa Shire. More information...
Award celebrates Jane's dedication to local heritage 07 January 2019 | Noosa Council Heritage Coordinator Jane Harding's efforts to celebrate and preserve Noosa's history have been recognised with an outstanding achievement award from Museum & Galleries Queensland. More information...
Noosa's seniors get tech savvy with new program 02 January 2019 | Help is at hand for Noosa seniors keen to learn more about how to use technology. More information...
More than $140,000 for community groups in latest Council grant round 21 December 2018 | Council has approved more than $140,000 in Community Project Grants to help support 22 community groups across five categories – environment, programs, events, equipment and infrastructure. More information...
$25,000 for arts and cultural projects in latest RADF grant round 21 December 2018 | Noosa Council has approved $25,000 in Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) Grants to support seven creative projects in the Shire in 2019. More information...
Campground weeding project a success 21 December 2018 | A Council partnership with Noosa Landcare to weed and revegetate degraded parts of Noosa North Shore Beach Campground, ahead of a planned upgrade, has been a success. More information...
Noosa the place for digital nomads this Christmas 21 December 2018 | Tourists visiting Noosa are being reminded that the Shire isn’t just a holiday destination – it’s also the perfect location to work from remotely. More information...
Council set to purchase old TAFE site for $1.7M 20 December 2018 | Council has agreed to make an offer to the State Government to buy the former Tewantin TAFE. More information...
Noosa Council to live-stream its meetings 20 December 2018 | Council will broadcast its General Committee and Ordinary Meetings live over the internet, as soon as the appropriate equipment can be installed. More information...

comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service