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Community in the driver’s seat to shape Heathwood Community Development

26 May 2017

Transurban Queensland, operator of the go via network, has launched an Expression of Interest (EOI) campaign seeking local community input to shape the direction of the Heathwood Community Development, a $2 million community investment to be delivered as part of the Logan Enhancement Project.

The EOI process will run from 22 May to 30 June 2017, inviting submissions to determine the most appropriate use for a 6,500m2 parcel of vacant land located at the Logan Motorway and Stapylton Road interchange at Heathwood.

Transurban Queensland Group General Manager Wes Ballantine said he was excited to see the community steer the outcome of the Heathwood Community Development and encouraged all local residents to have their say.

“The Heathwood Community Development is a terrific opportunity to revitalise an unused site to benefit local residents by addressing community needs,” Mr Ballantine said.

“We encourage all local community groups, charities and residents who may be interested in utilising the site to put forward a submission and have their say on how the site should be developed.

“By starting with a blank canvas and seeking local community input we can ensure the Heathwood Community Development provides a lasting legacy with long-term benefit to residents in whatever form it takes.”

Earlier this year Transurban Queensland announced the establishment of the Heathwood Reference Group, consisting of local elected representatives and community stakeholders, to guide the project and ensure the proposed site use effectively addresses community needs.

The Heathwood Community Development is Transurban Queensland’s first roadside regeneration project and forms part of Transurban’s sustainability program.

The project is expected to commence construction in mid-2018 and be open for public use by late 2018.

For more information or to register for updates on the Heathwood Community Development visit www.transurban.com/heathwood.

 

Reference Group formed to shape Heathwood Community Development

11 May 2017

Transurban Queensland has commenced planning for the Company’s first Queensland roadside regeneration project with the establishment of the Heathwood Community Development Reference Group.

The Heathwood Reference Group, consisting of local community stakeholders, held their first meeting in late April, to commence discussions on the preferred community use for the 6,500m2 vacant site on Stapylton Road at Heathwood.

Wes Ballantine, Group General Manager – Queensland, said the new Heathwood Community Development Reference Group was helping to shape Transurban Queensland’s $2 million roadside regeneration project at Heathwood.

“The Heathwood Community Development will be our first roadside regeneration project in Queensland and is a great opportunity to give back to the community by creating a public space which will provide long-term benefit for residents,” Wes said.

“We will be opening public submissions in May seeking community input to help determine the outcome of the Heathwood Community Development project.

“We are excited to be engaging with the local community to ensure the redeveloped site addresses community needs and provides a lasting legacy for residents within the region.”

Heathwood Community Development reference group (from right to left); Mark Johnstone (Pallara State School Principal), Cr Angela Owen (Councillor for Calamvale, Brisbane City Council), Jackson Ross (TQ GM), Bridie O’Connor (TQ Public Affairs Manager), Cr Charles Strunk (Councillor for Forest Lake, Brisbane City Council) and Wes Ballantine (TQ Group GM).

In December 2016, Transurban Queensland announced the donation of $2 million to redevelop the Heathwood site for community use.

The Heathwood Community Development is being delivered in conjunction with the Logan Enhancement Project.

Construction of the Heathwood Community Development is expected to commence in mid-2018 and be open for public use by late 2018.

Later this month Transurban Queensland will open an expression of interest process for local community groups to put forward their ideas for the site.

For more information on the Heathwood Community Development visit www.transurban.com/heathwood.

To keep up-to-date on the project register here.

Pledge to #SlowDown so others survive in May

3 May 2017

With road safety at the core of our business, the go via network is again proudly supporting the United Nations (UN) Global Road Safety Week and SARAH’s National Yellow Ribbon Road Safety Week, which encourages motorists to drive safely so others survive.

Running from 8 May to 14 May, this year’s Global Road Safety week focuses on encouraging drivers to take the pledge to #SlowDown so others survive on the roads.

Public Affairs Manager Queensland Bridie O’Connor, said given speed contributes to around one-third of all fatal road traffic crashes in high-income countries, and up to half in low and middle-income countries, it’s important we remind motorists to slow down and stick to the speed limits.

“Supporting road safety initiatives like these continues to be a key priority for us, as it aligns with our commitment to road safety and our Drive Safe campaign, which we launched in 2013.

“Through Drive Safe we partner with key organisations like SARAH to help make a tangible difference to road safety in Queensland. We are also supporting Fatality Free Friday on 26 May, which is an event that encourages drivers to consciously think about road safety and safe driving to achieve zero deaths for just one day.”

Ms O’Connor said the team at the go via network is passionate about promoting road safety so that we all get home to our family and friends each day.

“To promote the SARAH Yellow Ribbon campaign this year the iconic Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges will again be lit in yellow, and safety messages will be published on the electronic roadside signage on the go via network throughout the week, on our websites and will be broadcast via Twitter.”

“With hundreds of thousands of motorists travelling across the go via network daily, this is one way we can spread road safety messages and raise awareness effectively through the community.”

You can help make a difference by:

  • taking the pledge to #SlowDown so others survive
  • keeping your eyes on the road and not on your phone so others survive
  • wearing yellow during 8 to 14 May
  • taking the pledge to drive safely on 26 May for Fatality Free Friday

For more information about Global Road Safety Week, please visit unroadsafetyweek.org

Transurban Queensland launches go via network incident response campaign

13 April 2017

Transurban Queensland, operator of the go via network, has launched a new road safety campaign to help educate road users about what to do if they break down or have an incident on the go via network.

Transurban Queensland Public Affairs Manager Bridie O’Connor said the campaign, which was timed to coincide with the Easter holiday period, included video, billboards, social media content and variable messaging signs across the network.

“At Transurban Queensland we’re committed to the safety of all road users, which is why we are reminding drivers about our 24/7 free incident response service designed to get motorists safely moving again following an incident on the network,” Ms O’Connor said.

“The campaign aims to promote safe road practices by giving road users key tips on what to do if they have an incident on the motorway or tunnel network.”

Ms O’Connor said motorway and tunnel breakdowns had the potential to create safety risks for the motorist and other road users, and can lead to heavy congestion across the network.

“It is very important that motorists understand what they need to do if they have an incident on the network and avoid taking any unnecessary risks, such as getting out of their vehicle when it is not safe to do so,” she said.

“The network is monitored 24/7 and our incident response crews are there to help keep motorists safe, get them moving again and keep traffic moving safely across the go via network.

The campaign is part of Transurban Queensland’s commitment to deliver exceptional customer service and a safe and efficient transport network.

Find out more about the campaign.

go via network supports Brisbane charity events in May

13 April 2017

In May, the go via network is proudly supporting two fantastic Brisbane Charity events, the Great Brisbane Bike Ride and the Mother’s Day Classic.

The Great Brisbane Bike Ride, (including the Coot-tha Challenge), will be held on Sunday 7 May and is the feature event of Bike Week, an annual week-long celebration of cycling in Brisbane, and a once-a-year chance to ride on a traffic-free Inner City Bypass.

Now in its 10th year, the event will raise funds to help Diabetes Queensland continue to provide much-needed support, research and education about the condition.

go via network will provide riders with exclusive access to the Sir Leo Hielscher Bridge bike path and close ramps on the Clem7 and Legacy Way to allow for the closure of the Inner City Bypass.

Find out how you can support the Great Brisbane Bike Ride.  

For the fourth consecutive year, the go via network is proudly supporting the Mother’s Day Classic on Sunday 14 May.

go via network will provide access to the Go Between Bridge for the run, enabling more than 10,000 participants to run or walk on the bridge for this worthy cause.

Since it was first founded in 1998, the Mother’s Day Classic has raised $30.4 million for the National Breast Cancer Foundation research programs. The event sees thousands of families, teams and men and women come together to walk or run for breast cancer research and to show their respect for those affect by breast cancer, contributing to the lasting impact the event has had on breast cancer research in Australia.

Visit the Mother’s Day Classic website for more information.

Tolls on the Loganlea Road on/off ramps

3 April 2017

The team at go via advises customers that Loganlea Road has now re-opened to traffic following recent flooding events in the Logan City Council area. Tolls on the Loganlea Road on/off ramps with the Logan Motorway will be reinstated at 6:00pm this evening.

Customers who have any queries regarding toll payments should contact us on 13 33 31. For up-to-date information on road conditions and closures motorists should visit the Queensland Traffic website.

Tolls waived for Loganlea Rd on/off ramps to the Logan Motorway

1 April 2017

As a result of recent severe weather conditions in the Logan City Council area, Loganlea Road is now flooded.

Access to and from Logan Hospital is only available via the Logan Motorway, so to assist motorists with accessing the Logan Hospital precinct, go via is waiving tolls at the on/off ramps at the Loganlea Road toll point until further notice. Please note tags may still beep at the toll point but no toll will be applied.

We encourage motorists to exercise appropriate caution, for up-to-date information on road conditions and closures motorists should visit 131940.com.au

Agreement reached on Inner City Bypass Upgrade Project

22 March 2017

Transurban Queensland recently announced it had reached in-principle agreement with Brisbane City Council to deliver the $60 million Inner City Bypass (ICB) Upgrade project.

Under the agreement, Transurban Queensland will finance and project manage the delivery of the design and construction phases, and provide operations, routine maintenance and incident response services once the upgrade is completed.

The ICB is adjacent to Transurban Queensland’s Legacy Way, Clem7, Go Between Bridge and AirportlinkM7 assets, allowing Transurban Queensland to deliver a high standard of operations throughout the corridor to improve traffic flows.

The upgrade will include:

  • widening the ICB westbound from three to four lanes between the RNA tunnel and the Legacy Way portal
  • widening the ICB eastbound from three to four lanes between Legacy Way portal and Herston Road exit
  • construction of a new westbound ramp to the ICB from Bowen Bridge Road
  • provision of operations and incident response for the length of Legacy Way concession (2065)
  • provision of routine maintenance services on a 10 + 10year contract (at option of Council)

Subject to final agreement, Transurban Queensland will fund the upgrade works through toll increases on Legacy Way, Go Between Bridge and Clem7, specifically:

  • an increase of heavy vehicle (Class 4) tolls from 2.65 times cars (Class 2) to 3 times – to take effect from 1 July 2018 for Clem7 and Go Between Bridge and 1 July 2020 for Legacy Way
  • a 7.76% increase to Legacy Way toll prices for motorcycles, passenger vehicles and light commercial vehicles (Classes 1, 2 and 3 respectively) on 1 July 2020, approximately two years after the benefit of the ICB upgrade has been delivered to Brisbane motorists

Transurban CEO Scott Charlton said that Transurban is pleased to partner with the Brisbane City Council for the delivery, operation and maintenance of the ICB upgrade.

“The ICB is a key transport corridor in Brisbane. This project will help to relieve congestion, reduce travel times and enhance connectivity with major inner-city roads on the network,” Mr Charlton said.

BMD Contractors have been awarded the construction contract. Transurban Queensland expects to reach contractual and financial close, subject to standard Council approval processes in March 2017.

Construction is expected to be completed in mid-2018.

Visit the Inner City Bypass Upgrade project website for more information.

Logan Enhancement Project fauna connectivity plan a landmark win for critical wildlife corridor

3 March 2017

Transurban Queensland’s plan for improving fauna connectivity as part of the $512 million Logan Enhancement Project has been labelled one of the most significant outcomes for road ecology in Australia.

The project Environmental Reference Group (ERG), which includes representatives from six local environmental groups, has praised Transurban Queensland’s solution to maintaining and enhancing fauna connectivity around the road network as a win of international significance.

The project, which was approved by the State Government in late 2016, is located within the Queensland Government’s designated ecological and conservation corridor linking the Karawatha Forest to the Flinders Range.

Recognising the importance of this green belt and the environmental significance of the surrounding bushland and wetlands, Transurban Queensland worked closely with the ERG to ensure fauna connectivity and the protection of the Karawatha Forest and other nature resources in the area were included in the final design.

The design includes a number of significant fauna movement improvements across the Logan and Gateway Extension motorways, including the addition of new crossings, fencing, and refuge poles.

Beaudesert Road fauna overpass design concept

Beaudesert Road fauna overpass design concept

Griffith University Professor Darryl Jones, from the ERG, said the fauna solution plan was a landmark example of effective collaboration and would dramatically improve the safe movement of various species through the ecologically important corridor.

“The Logan Enhancement project is an excellent example of what can be achieved when all participants work closely to develop the best ideas to increase fauna connectivity of what will be a major new motorway development,” Professor Jones said.

“Already, the excellent relations between the parties has seen remarkable innovations and new approaches to road fauna connectivity that indicate that this project will be of both national and international interest.”

B4C Catchment Manager Wayne Cameron said the project design could be the most significant win for road ecology in Australia to date.

“We thank Transurban Queensland for the opportunity to work towards something worthwhile for our community and wildlife,” Mr Cameron said

“The project addressed every area the group identified and delivers a comprehensive mix of solutions across all the major areas, which will mitigate some of the impacts of major road construction and infrastructure through a valuable wildlife corridor.”

Project Director Andrew Baker, who was recently recognised by the Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee (B4C) for his contribution to fauna movement solutions across the network, said the environmental elements of the design were shaped by feedback received from the ERG.

“We will continue to work with the ERG throughout detailed design and construction on a number of key project elements, including vegetation removal offsets.”

Transurban grants provide much-needed support to community groups

3 February 2017

Since early 2015, Transurban Queensland has contributed just under $100,000 to 38 local community groups and charities as part of its community grants program.

Find out how some of our grant recipients are using the funds to make a positive difference in their local community.

Burnie Brae Project Pantry: Making a difference for people in need over the holidays

Thanks to the funds received from Transurban Queensland, Burnie Brae’s Project Pantry Food Support Program delivered Christmas hampers and emergency food relief to more than 400 aged and disability pensioners and families in need over the recent holiday period.

Project Pantry volunteersProject Pantry is supported by a group of dedicated volunteers who are involved with a monthly market day for pensioners and provide emergency food relief for people in crisis.
The Transurban Queensland community grant helped Burnie Brae purchase food and luxury items in the lead up to market days in November and December, as well as providing emergency food relief for more than 40 individuals and families.

Burnie Brae emergency food hampersBurnie Brae Community Support Officer Jodie Goddard said the grant had provided much needed funds to ensure the program could provide quality service to clients over the holiday period.
“A lot of individuals and families struggle to make ends meet over Christmas, therefore access to emergency food hampers makes a huge difference,” Ms Goddard said.

“The extra hamper at Christmas time is also a bonus for our clients as it contained luxury items their financial situation would not normally allow.

“Over this period there is an increase in the number of individuals and families in crisis, therefore having the resources available for emergency food hampers is vital to helping those struggling just to meet basic needs.”

Find out more information about Burnie Brae.

Orphan Native Animal Rear and Release Association: Community grant helps protect rescued wildlife

'Sparky' one of the rehabilitated birdsRescued and injured wildlife will now have a better chance of successful rehabilitation following recent upgrades to the facilities at Forestdale’s Orphan Native Animal Rear and Release Association (ONARR) through funding from a Transurban Queensland community grant.
ONARR is a not for profit organisation run by volunteers who rescue, raise and release wildlife back into their natural environment.

ONARR Carer Beverley Clarke said the community grant had significantly improved the number and types of animals the service could house and rehabilitate.

“Thanks to Transurban Queensland we have been able to purchase an aviary for injured birds and possums, and can now build a fox-proof macropod exercise pen to help small wallabies gain strength and learn about the outside world before being released back into the wild,” Ms Clarke said.

“We take animals from members of the community, people who have stopped to rescue injured animals and need someone to care for them.

“The funds have been a real boost to the association and to the carers that give up their time to help ensure injured animals can be rehabilitated and hopefully returned to the wild so they can propagate the species.”

Transurban’s community grant program offers grants of up to $3000 for local community groups and projects that generate social and environmental benefits for the community along the go via network.

Find out more information about ONARR.

Applications for the next round of Transurban community grants close on 20 February. The program awards grants of up to $3000 for projects that generate social or environmental benefits to the communities along the go via network. To apply for a community grant visit transurban.com/communitygrants