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Let's Get Moving - a chance for community to have a voice

Published: 30 May 2016

Let's Get Moving - a chance for community to have a voice
L-R: Cr Lisa Bradley, Cr Laurie Koranski, Cr Jennie Breene, Cr Jon Raven, Cr Trevina Schwarz, Cr Darren Power, Executive Manager Public Policy for RACQ Michael Roth, Mayor Luke Smith, Cr Steve Swenson, Cr Cherie Dalley, Cr Stacey McIntosh.

Logan City Council has launched a community-based campaign that enables locals to have a strong voice on Logan's critical infrastructure needs during the current Federal Election campaign.

The Lets Get Moving campaign targets Logan's congested highways, the pace of NBN roll-out and the need for a passenger rail service between Brisbane and Beaudesert. Council has produced a campaign website that enables voters to express their views on these issues direct to local candidates, as well as to the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader. Fact sheets and posters have also been produced, which are available to the community.

Logan: City of Choice Chair, Jude Munro, said Lets Get Moving provided an excellent opportunity for residents, community leaders and businesses to have their say on these critical projects and help others find their voice.

The campaign urges residents to consider how they will vote on 2 July 2016 based on federal candidates' commitments on four key issues:

  • widening the M1 between the Gateway and Logan Motorways and extending the South East Busway to the Hyperdome
  • national recognition of the Mount Lindesay Highway and priority funding
  • delivering a passenger rail service to service south-west Logan communities
  • faster roll-out of the NBN to Logan's commercial and industrial areas to grow businesses and create more jobs closer to home.

Logan Mayor Luke Smith said the slow progress on these projects was holding back prosperity in South East Queensland, with Logan being a high growth area and major transit corridor between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

"We have nearly 182,000 voters in Logan and we want to help make their voices heard in the lead-up to this federal election," Mayor Smith said.

"The M1 is a carpark, used by 140,000 vehicles every day. It’s either gridlocked or moving at an average of 30 kilometres an hour. ‘Peak hour’ lasts four hours every morning and afternoon.

"Our city is poised to be an economic powerhouse for the region, but these critical issues hold us back and we need every level of government to get Logan moving."

Mayor Smith said the upgrade of the M1 and Mount Lindesay Highway, faster roll out of NBN and a passenger rail services between Brisbane and Beaudesert were all projects of national significance that warranted priority funding.

"Over the coming weeks we’ll be asking Logan residents to make their voices heard in Canberra – by going to the Let’s Get Moving website at www.letsgetmoving.com.au and spreading the word that we need to get moving and letting candidates know how strongly we feel on these issues."

The facts:

M1

  • Part of the national road and freight network.
  • One of the busiest road corridors in Australia.
  • 140,000 vehicles a day in each direction.
  • Four-hour peak period.
  • Average speed in peak hour: 30 kmph.
  • 80 hours lost in travel time every year.
  • $9.6b could be saved through increased productivity for commercial vehicles.

Mount Lindesay Highway

  • More than 42,000 vehicles drive south from Browns Plains every day.
  • 500 reported accidents between 2007 and 2014.
  • Critical connectivity to 30,000 local jobs over the next 30 years.
  • Significant connector for emerging south-west Logan communities.

Passenger rail - Brisbane to Beaudesert

  • 120,000 people will be living in Greater Flagstone alone in coming decades.
  • Train stations needed at Hillcrest, Boronia Heights, Greenbank, New Beith, Flagstone and Undullah.
  • Efficient public transport now means less cars on the road in the future and less congestion.

Faster roll-out of NBN

  • Certainty for businesses = more jobs.
  • Business growth is critical for Logan to realise its potential as a major economic centre.
  • Less confusion needed for businesses and residents around where NBN is available.

Find out how you can have your say: http://letsgetmoving.com.au