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.
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:
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.
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.