RACQ calls for Coomera Connector to be fast tracked following community support

The State’s peak motoring body has again called on the State Government to accelerate the Coomera Connector project, after a new survey showed strong support from residents and business owners.

The Colmar Burton survey found 80 percent of residents supported the Coomera Connector overall and 76 percent supported the priority Stage 1 section between Coomera and Nerang.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the Club welcomed news the Coomera Connector business case was progressing.

“We’re pleased the State Government has provided reassurance that environmental and community concerns will be addressed, as community support and consultation are critical to delivering successful infrastructure,” Dr Michael said.

“We know commuters between the Gold Coast and Brisbane spend up to three weeks a year stuck in traffic, and we consider this connection a priority project as it will improve congestion, safety and productivity – aiding Queensland’s economic recovery by supporting freight, domestic tourism, and inter-regional work trips.”

Dr Michael said it was crucial all levels of government worked together to push ahead with the next stage of the project.

“This project is an excellent example of what can be achieved when multiple levels of government work together to plan and deliver infrastructure that will provide benefits on a local, state and national level. What we need now is to see the business case and reference design fast-tracked.”