• Importance of Mass Transit for the Sunshine Coast

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    October 31, 2019
    I recently attended the Combined Government and Business Forum put on by Sunshine Coast Business council, which honed in on the important topics of infrastructure and investment. 

    While there is so much content to unpack from this event, that I will lay out in future columns, today I really want to focus on the Sunshine Coast Mass Transit strategy.

    Mass transit is simply a form of public transport which enables the movement of large numbers of people over a fixed route or network. 

    As we would all realise on the Sunshine Coast, we have been experiencing a high rate of population and investment growth over the past few years. 

    As such, it is critical to the future development of our region, and in particular for us in business, that the required infrastructure is in place which will enable the easy flow of people and product on the Sunshine Coast.    
    Steve Williams, the Director of Transport and Infrastructure at Lambert & Rehbein said at the conference that the outcomes of “mass transit could drive and shape the region”.  

    This was supported by Cobus Van Der Vyer from Urbis, who believes that this project would resemble a catalytic change for the region after he highlighted the declining trend in the Coast’s growth rate unless we implement a proper infrastructure system. 

    The current Mass Transit plan for the Sunshine Coast includes the development of key infrastructure which will enable and link key sites from Maroochydore to Kawana and Kawana to Beerwah, via Caloundra. 

    It is vital that all of us in business throw our support behind this project as more details emerge so that we can safeguard the future growth and liveability of our region. 

    A massive congratulations and thank you also to President of the Sunshine Coast Business Council, Sandy Zubrinich, for the events and research this organisation is leading for business on the Coast.