27 July 2015

Following the coverage in yesterday’s Sunshine Coast Daily regarding the future Bruce Highway upgrade the Sippy Downs & District Community Assoc wishes to clarify the following important information about the benefits of the upgrade to local residents.

SDDCA President Simon Poole said, “The SDDCA feels the need to assure residents that the removal of the ramps at Exit 190 and construction of the western service road will not generate more traffic into Sippy Downs from the future Palmview development. In fact, the western service road is an integral part of the planning to alleviate traffic from the Sippy Downs local road network and is something that the SDDCA has lobbied for over the past six years.”

When the plans for the Bruce Highway upgrade were released on 17 July 2015, the SDDCA was very pleased that the western service road was included. We acknowledge Federal Member for Fisher Mal Brough for his work lobbying for this important connection that was originally not to be included until stage 3 of the upgrade (post 10 years).”

“Mr Poole said, I would like to clarify the benefits of the western service road for the Sippy Downs and Palmview communities and the reasons that the ramps to the Aussie World precinct have to be removed:

  • The successful finalisation by Sunshine Coast Council in April this year of the Palmview Structure Plan Infrastructure Agreement (IA) was welcomed by the community. The updated IA included provision and future ability for the master developer’s to construct a future link to an upgraded Pignata Rd underpass that would connect to a two-way western service road from Steve Irwin Way in the south to Crosby Hill Road in the north.
  • This future connection from Palmview to the western service road has been a very important outcome to relieve the community’s concerns relating to the traffic flow for the additional 17,000 future Palmview residents and was supported by numerous submissions and a parliamentary petition tabled by Member for Kawana Jarrod Bleijie MP. Cr Christian Dickson has also strongly supported this additional connection from Palmview to the Bruce Highway in a move to reduce future traffic movements throughout the Sippy Downs area.
  • In simple terms, Palmview residents could choose to access the two-way western service road to travel south to Caloundra/Brisbane and north to connect to the Bruce Highway and Sunshine Motorway and return the same way rather than travel through Sippy Downs via Claymore Road or Springhill Drive. It will provide a safe and effective connection for those residents travelling to and from work and major centres on the coast.
  • This connection would be sequenced with the rest of the road network servicing Palmview, which commences with the extension of Claymore Road.
  • The SDDCA regards the upgrading of the highway to six lanes as essential in light of the increasing population on the Sunshine Coast and to improve the local economy and tourism. The SDDCA understands that maintaining the Palmview and Frizzo Road ramps creates an unsafe road environment by creating conflicting lane changing and merging movements, increasing the crash risk. This risk would be compounded in the ultimate eight lane development of the highway. The removal of the ramps will also allow for the speed limit to be increased to 110 kmp.
  • We have been advised that advanced directional signage for the Aussie World precinct will be provided on the Bruce Highway northbound and southbound to aid existing and future business operations.
  • Furthermore, the 17000 Palmview residents would be able to directly access the Aussie World Precinct without entering the Sippy Downs Road network. This will be an enormous boost for local businesses in that precinct.

The SDDCA is currently waiting for the Palmview Structure Plan to be returned from the state government before the next public notification stage.  We are concerned that any negativity or misinformation generated will have an impact on the future planning requirements that the SDDCA has fought so hard for, with the support of the local community.

Mr Poole said, “As an incorporated community association we are very proud of the relationship that we have with all our local representatives as well as Sunshine Coast Council and the Department of Transport and Main Roads.  We have worked together for the past six years regarding the future Palmview development to achieve the current plan.

I would like to clarify that although Mr Doroshenko was previously on the SDDCA committee, his views do not represent those of the Association.”

The SDDCA welcomes feedback from all members of the community regarding the Bruce Highway Upgrade and asks that all submissions, input and feedback be sent directly to:

SDDCA Committee