Member for Buderim Steve Dickson wants to ensure that residents are aware of proposed changes that would see a reduction in frequency from 30 minutes to 1 hour for bus route 614 leaving Sunshine Plaza, travelling through North Buderim, Buderim, Glenfields estate and Mountain Creek to Kawana Shopping World and on to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.
Mr Dickson said, “During my briefing with Translink, I requested that a public consultation session be held in Buderim to ensure local residents have their say. Community consultation will commence on 18 July for a period of four weeks and I am pleased that a session will now be held at the Buderim War Memorial Hall on Tuesday 2 August from 9am to 12pm.
“I am concerned that any reduction in service would have a huge impact on residents who rely on public transport. Halving this service would be an imposition to passengers travelling to attend appointments at the new hospital; Sunshine Coast TAFE students and residents travelling to major shopping centres. I will be strongly advocating against this change.”
“I encourage residents to attend the consultation session in Buderim on 2 August and raise their concerns and suggestions relating to the proposed routes, number of services and disability access, as Translink will consider community consultation prior to any amendments.”
An online survey can also be completed at – haveyoursay.translink.com.au or by phoning Translink on 13 12 30.
TransLink will report back to the community and stakeholders on the outcomes of consultation, and provide details of the finalised network, in late 2016. The implementation of service changes is currently planned for early 2017, prior to the opening of Sunshine Coast University Hospital to the public in April 2017.
“I ask that residents pass this information on to any friends, family or neighbours who currently utilise bus services or may do so in the future. As the government has no current plans for upgrading the Mooloolah River Interchange, traffic congestion will increase, so it is vital that residents have a viable public transport option to travel to the new hospital, Mr Dickson said.
Media inquiries: Buderim Electorate Office, Ph 5406 2100
14 July 2016