Stuckey Calls Stakeholders to fast-track Tugun Interchange

1 Jun 2010 11:38 PMJann Stuckey

28 May 2010

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey, yesterday called together a group of key stakeholders to discuss ways to bring forward plans for a much needed interchange at Boyd Street, Tugun.

“A resolution was passed at a public meeting at Tugun Progress Association on March 15 to convene a taskforce to fast-track construction of an interchange and this meeting was a positive step in that direction,” said Ms Stuckey.

“Stakeholders from state Governments, councils, John Flynn hospital, GC airport, developers, Tugun football club and Tugun Progress attended this initial meeting.

“Everyone present pledged their support to collectively work towards easing traffic congestion as a result of new residential developments at Cobaki and Bilambil Heights on the state border.

“During construction of dwellings in these new developments work trucks and equipment will utilise Boyd Street as their only access to the building site.

“This will place considerable added traffic movements in Boyd Street in the near future and is of concern to residents who have put up with years of disruption and dirt while the Tugun bypass and then the desalination plant were built.

“An upgrade of Boyd Street and an interchange on the Tugun bypass adjacent to Boyd Street is needed as a matter of urgency.

“Currently, the development approval does not require an interchange on the M1 at this location until Cobaki passes 3,500 homes, which could mean many years of obstruction along this route.

“Disappointingly, Queensland Department of Main Roads indicated that no funding at all is allocated for an interchange at Boyd St given that the majority of the traffic created will be from New South Wales.

“However, the Department is one of four parties involved in a cross-border traffic study that could find in favour of an interchange when their final report is due later this year.

“As this group of key stakeholders have a vested interest in protecting the amenity of Boyd Street and Tugun they have agreed to concentrate their efforts for the immediate future on the impact that the Cobaki and Bilambil developments will have on traffic through Boyd St.

“It was decided that Tugun Progress Association take charge of these discussions and that the group of all stakeholders meet again in 3 months time.

Media Contact: Jann Stuckey 0439 755 919