Calls for more Gold Coast public transport echoed by RACQ

RACQ has renewed its calls for greater investment in public transport on the Gold Coast, as a local councillor called for a halt on the construction of high-rises in parts of the city until adequate transport infrastructure was delivered.

As the Gold Coast City Plan was discussed by Council, Gold Coast Bulletin reported Councillor Dawn Crichlow said she did not want to see any more high-rises built outside of Southport, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach until better transport services were provided.

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While Mayor Tom Tate said the city should “build up and not out” for environmental reasons, Cr Crichlow said the city should wait until better transport infrastructure was built before approving more high-rise developments.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said as the Gold Coast was a high-density area, more needed to be done to accommodate and service the expected population growth.

“The Gold Coast has a constrained urban footprint and high population growth, and that’s why we want to see investment in more high-frequency public transport options, like the G:Link, to accommodate the future influx of people predicted to move to the region in the years to come,” Dr Michael said.

“We’d also like to see Council work with developers to ensure there’s high-quality walking and cycling infrastructure between new developments and current and planned bus and tram stops.”

Dr Michael said there were a number of innovative ways Council could improve transport options available to residents and accommodate for new high-rises to be built in places people want to live.

“Council and developers can look to implement innovative first and last mile transport solutions like electric scooter and bicycle share schemes in suburbs like Mermaid Beach to improve mobility for residents without adding to congestion,” she said.

“Engaging with the public is also important because it’ll promote the accessibility of high-quality public transport services like the tram, and the health benefits of active transport.”