Lack Of Planning For Our Region
Last month I again raised in Parliament the huge impacts that residential growth in parts of Logan City and other parts of Scenic Rim can have on roads in and around Canungra. There’s been an influx of new residents at Yarrabilba, Flagstone, Jimboomba and places around there in the last decade, and without a doubt this growth is seeing more traffic flowing through Beaudesert Nerang Road to/from the Gold Coast each day, not to mention when the M1 is closed and traffic is diverted.
The State controlled and signed off on much of this new growth (in fact, all of Yarrabilba and Flagstone is state-controlled development), but the State has clearly failed to anticipate and plan for new road infrastructure in this area to deal with it. Cr Virginia West and I have argued with Main Roads for years in order to get them moving with work for new road infrastructure around Canungra to improve this. Main Roads simply refuses. They appear to be in denial about the scope of this problem, which will only grow as (a) parts of Scenic Rim grow (b) the Jimboomba area grow significantly – another 60,000 odd residents by 2041 according to the State and (c) there is further new housing in around Canungra. I have again called on the Minister and Main Roads to pull their heads out of the sand and get on with work to rectify this problem, starting with admitting there is a problem.
There is a planning problem here too though, and both Scenic Rim Council and the State should recognise this when it comes to any future changes to the Scenic Rim’s planning scheme and put the brakes on new development zones until road infrastructure is up to scratch.
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