Search:



And the favourite is … Option 1

Posted: 11am 07 Oct 2020

Option 1 might be more expensive but it’s the overwhelming preference to flood-proof Youngs Crossing, according to results released today from the Moreton Bay Regional Council’s community consultation.

Mayor Peter Flannery has this morning taken the unusual step of asking Council to release the preliminary data before formal consideration after a remarkable 4353 responses.

He says the vote was about rebuilding trust with the Moreton Bay community.

One winner

“The overall response rate showed 67 per cent of respondents favoured Option 1,” says the Mayor.

“That endorsement was even higher among people who live in Petrie with 78.6 per cent of people supporting Option 1.

“After walking the respective routes on a number of occasions with Petrie residents and visiting a number of homes, I’ve seen first-hand how their homes and lifestyles would be impacted.”

Option One – is based on the existing Youngs Crossing Rd corridor. Estimated cost $49.5 million; length 940m including 160m bridge. Needs require State Government-controlled Dayboro Rd to be upgraded, bringing the total cost to $67.5million. 

Option Two - uses the road reserve south of Andrew Petrie Drive to link with Dayboro Rd-Beeville Rd roundabout. Estimated cost $56.1 million; length 1340m including 180m bridge. Land preserved by former Pine Rivers Shire Council for use.

“It’s resoundingly clear there’s a lot of community interest in this project and a lot of anxiety in the community about what will happen.

“I want to thank Councillors for permitting the release of this information to reassure the community that they are being heard from the outset.

“This enormous response rate reflects the anxiety our community feels about this project right now and I think there’s enough anxiety in the world right now with the pandemic –

“I don’t want locals having to wait until the New Year for an indication of what the engagement process has gleaned.”

One of the residents Shelley Taylor says; "We’re really pleased and grateful for the transparency council is showing on this issue, and we are very encouraged by the figures showing a preference for Option 1, which we believe is the best for residents and the whole community."

Funding call

The Mayor said the cost of the project – which could be more than $60 million - needed to be discussed as council could not go it alone. Council has budgeted $40 million.

“While I want to acknowledge and thank the Federal Government for their $7.75 million contribution, that funding is tied to Option 1,” says the Mayor.

“We know both options will cost more than council has the funding for. We need a lot more from the state and federal governments before we any shovels can hit the ground.”

A new Youngs Crossing Bridge is seen as critical for South East Queensland’s road and transport network to prevent traffic congestion on Gympie Road and the Bruce Highway, when Youngs Crossing floods.

Huge project

“In fact, Infrastructure Australia updated its priority list for 2020 in August to specifically include the need for more efficient transport corridors between Moreton Bay and Brisbane - like building Youngs Crossing Bridge.

“This will be one of the biggest road infrastructure projects Council has ever been responsible for delivering, as a critical link in the South East Queensland road network.

Today’s vote does not pre-empt council’s decision on a preferred option.

Council is expected to formally resolve its preferred option for the upgrade of Youngs Crossing Road in the coming months.

There’s more news here

Share

Trending

Historic Link to Moreton Bay Region’s Underbelly Remains

They're two buildings criminals in the 1800s would have been keen to avoid, but their link to our region’s underbelly is exactly what fascinates people today.…

Home stretch for track bid

Work on a synthetic running track at Deception Bay’s Zammit Oval could start within months with funding from the Federal and State Government’s locked in.…

More you might like:

Trending

Moreton Bay Region Weather   •   16-5-2022  •   Nick Crockford

Where rain hit hardest in Moreton Bay Region

Last week's torrential rain wrecked Moreton Bay Region events and had many weather gauges filling fast. Here's the rainfall figures for last week.…

Local News   •   16-5-2022  •   Ashleigh Howarth

Redcliffe walkers step out for big milestone

A popular walking group that aims to improve men’s health has celebrated a big milestone, notching up their 250th walk. Find out more about the group here …

Local News   •   16-5-2022  •   Jodie Powell

Just Better Care Brisbane North on the move

Just Better Care Brisbane North is settling into its new home at Arana Hills and continuing to deliver aged care, disability support and social and lifestyle support. Find out how they can help...…

Local News   •   16-5-2022  •   Ashleigh Howarth

Volunteering legend shares his passion for helping others

As Australia celebrates National Volunteer Week, we catch up with Mark ‘Buster’ Keeton to find out why helping others is important to him. Find out all the incredible work Buster does and the four organisations he volunteers at here …

Moreton Bay Region Weather   •   16-5-2022  •   Kylie Knight

How to apply for flood disaster assistance

Personal hardship disaster assistance has been extended to residents affected by recent severe weather and flooding in the Moreton Bay Regional Council area. Here’s how to apply…

Local News   •   16-5-2022  •   Nick Crockford

Nominations open for top business awards

Nominations for the 2022 Moreton Bay Business & Innovation Awards are now open.…

Close