A high quality public transport system is critical to sustainable urban development and self-containment on the Sunshine Coast.

"A sustainable transport system is one that allows basic access and development needs of individuals, companies and societies to be met safely and in an equitable manner … It is affordable, operates efficiently, offers choice of transportation and supports a competitive economy as well as balanced regional development." Transport 2040: A Transportation Strategy for Metro Vancouver, Now and in the Future.

Transport Integration
Given its location, Halls Creek has the capacity to leverage up to $8 billion of planned investment in regional infrastructure, including over $500 million of committed  transport infrastructure within the adjacent Aura master planned community such as the Bells Creek Arterial extension and newly constructed Bells Creek interchange upgrade.

Current transport planning best-practice is based on the Federal Government’s Smart Cities Plan that has established a “30 Minute Cities” concept whereby no matter where people live, they can easily access the places they need to visit on a daily basis.

Research modelling by transport consultancy, Lambert and Rehbein (download the report here), has applied this framework and identified that Halls Creek has the capability to provide a world-class well-connected transport infrastructure system based on a “20 Minute City” framework using:

  • a high frequency Bus Rapid Transit system with priority lanes along arterial and sub-arterial corridors linking Halls Creek to the Aura CBD, Caloundra CBD, Kawana and Maroochydore providing transport services within a “20 minute city” concept;
  • access to local public transport services within 400m of approximately 90% of the community;
  • supporting the current Government’s transport system initiatives including CAMCOS and Sunshine Coast Light Rail;
  • delivering a high standard of dedicated active transport corridors catering for pedestrian, commuter and recreational cycling which promotes a healthy and active lifestyle; and
  • a system that incorporates a high standard of walkability to reduce reliance on private car usage.

Importantly, all these services within Halls Creek can all be delivered at essentially NO cost to the State as they can be integrated with planned transport infrastructure that will be delivered within the Aura master planned community.  They are NOT reliant on any Government funded infrastructure to enable the development of Halls Creek to proceed.

Beerwah East

Whilst Beerwah East is located within an identified CAMCOS rail corridor, more than $3 billion would be required to fund the Beerwah to Maroochydore rail connection.  In addition, even if Light Rail is considered an alternative  option, there is no committed funding or timing for either rail service at this stage;  unlike Halls Creek where there will be established infrastructure to leverage in advance through the development of Aura.

With regards to Halls Creek, the CAMCOS rail corridor is expected to travel through Aura with a proposed rail station within the Aura Integrated Transit Centre.  Halls Creek can efficiently leverage this opportunity with access to the rail station via high frequency flexible bus services and active transport connectivity. 

Overall, the Lambert and Rehbein findings identified that there would be little difference in travel time and distance travelled for Halls Creek and Beerwah East communities to access to the same level of services – just using different modes of transport.