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Heathwood Community Centre to create hub for local residents
12 February 2018
Transurban Queensland, operator of the go via network, and Minister Leeanne Enoch, State Member for Algester, have today unveiled plans to build a $2 million community centre at Heathwood as part of the Logan Enhancement Project.
The Heathwood Community Centre has been shaped by community feedback and once constructed will transform a 6,500m2 parcel of vacant land located along the Logan Motorway at the Stapylton Road interchange in Heathwood into an inclusive meeting space for the local community.
The centre’s concept design incorporates a flexible floorplan to facilitate a range of activities, catering for small groups to large functions of up to 125 people, and features a large undercover outdoor breakout space, a commercial kitchen and a wet room for activities such as pottery and painting.
Construction of the Heathwood Community Centre is expected to commence later this year and will be open for public use by mid 2019.
Transurban Queensland Group Executive Sue Johnson said she was proud to announce the Heathwood Community Centre which will provide a lasting legacy for the community as a result of the Logan Enhancement Project.
“The Heathwood Community Centre is the first roadside regeneration project for Transurban Queensland and has been designed to provide long-term benefits for local residents by addressing specific community needs,” Ms Johnson said.
“We are excited to be giving back to the community and have engaged not for profit organisation Communify to manage the centre once constructed. Communify have a strong history of managing community venues across Brisbane and are best equipped to ensure the centre supports the requirements of the local community.
“As part of our commitment to sustainability we are investigating ways to improve the environmental outcomes of the centre, such as how solar and water capture can be incorporated into the centre’s design.”
Member for Algester Leeanne Enoch said the Heathwood Community Centre is a significant outcome for the local area.
“Lack of community meeting spaces has been an issue raised with me regularly by residents. The importance of addressing this was made clear during the consultation phase of this project,” Ms Enoch said.
“I am pleased to be part of the group helping shape the delivery of this project, which is ensuring the best possible outcomes for our community.
“The team at Transurban have done a wonderful job in progressing this development through the planning and community consultation stages, and I look forward to seeing the Heathwood Community Centre come to life.”
Communify CEO Karen Dare said her organisation is delighted to be working with Transurban Queensland on such a critical initiative.
“We are thrilled to have been appointed to manage the Heathwood Community Centre and to be engaged from such an early stage. It’s a fantastic opportunity to work with Transurban Queensland to design a community space which addresses the needs of local residents,” Ms Dare said.
“We look forward to expanding our reach to Brisbane’s south to manage a space that will be home to a variety of classes, events, community groups and support services to benefit the local region.”
The Heathwood Community Centre is currently in detailed design phase and is subject to overall government approval of the centre.
For more information or to register for updates on the Heathwood Community Centre visit www.transurban.com/heathwood.
Helping families in need this holiday season
11 December 2017
Transurban Queensland has proudly partnered with Australia’s CEO Challenge to support women and children spending this holiday season living in crisis accommodation as a result of domestic and family violence.
This month, Transurban employees filled 55 school backpacks with stationary, gifts, lunchboxes and other items to help families in need prepare for the new school year. Australia’s CEO Challenge will deliver the backpacks in time for Christmas to children aged between 5 and 14 years old who are temporarily living across five independent refuges around Brisbane.
Australia’s CEO Challenge Partnerships Coordinator Lorraine Adams said Christmas was one of the busiest times for domestic violence shelters.
“We are so grateful for this donation and the ongoing commitment Transurban Queensland has made to this important issue,” Ms Adams said.
“By contributing these backpacks, Transurban Queensland is helping to bring some normality back to the lives of children and families who are likely to be feeling extremely confused and unsettled.”
Transurban Queensland Public Affairs Manager Ruth Moody said Transurban was committed to supporting families in need in the community.
“We’re proud to be supporting this important cause and helping to bring some joy to families who will be spending the holidays in crisis accommodation,” Mrs Moody said.
“Our employees have come together to donate hundreds of much-needed school resources to help families prepare for the new school year.”
Australia’s CEO Challenge is a charity that supports the business sector to help break the silence surrounding domestic violence. For more information visit australiasceochallenge.org.
Photo caption: (l-R) Australia’s CEO Challenge Partnerships Coordinator Lorraine Adams, TQ Public Affairs manager Ruth Moody, TQ Human Resources Advisor Radhika Kantaria and CEO Challenge Programs and Partnerships Manager Matt Pronger.
We’re upgrading our systems this weekend
6 November 2017
During the upgrade, you won’t be able to log into your go via account or make any payments between 7pm Thursday and 7am Monday morning.
Transurban Queensland supports Convoy for Kids
30 October 2017
Transurban Queensland is proud to support the Brisbane Convoy for Kids on Saturday 4 November to help raise much-needed funds for Hummingbird House, Queensland’s only children’s hospice.
The convoy will start at Forest Lake on Brisbane’s southside and travel along the Logan and Gateway motorways to the Redcliffe Showgrounds, where thousands are expected to turn out for a family fun day and car show.
Transurban Queensland will provide traffic management support to ensure the safe movement of the large convoy of trucks, utes, cars and bikes travelling along the go via network as part of the event.
We’re also delighted to be covering the cost of all rides at the family fun day, ensuring families can enjoy a range of great free activities.
Sponsorship of the annual Convoy for Kids event is part of Transurban Queensland’s commitment to support social initiatives and events that benefit the communities in which we operate.
For more information about Convoy for Kids visit brisbaneconvoyforkids.com.au
Bridges shine brightly for Carers Week
16 October 2017
This week Transurban Queensland, owner and operator of the go via network, is proud to be raising awareness of the significant contribution made by unpaid carers in our community by changing the lights on the Sir Leo Hielscher bridges to coral for National Carers Week.
This is the fifth consecutive year Transurban Queensland has supported Carers Week.
Transurban Queensland Public Affairs Manager Ruth Moody said Transurban Queensland was proud to continue its support of National Carers Week to help educate and promote the important role carers play in the community.
“By changing the colours of the Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges, we hope to raise awareness of the outstanding contribution unpaid carers make to our community, and the diversity of carers and their caring roles,” Ms Moody said.
Transurban Queensland also promoted Carers Week on electronic message signs along the Logan and Gateway Motorways.
Show your support for Australia’s 2.8million unpaid carers and find out more about Carers Week at www.carersweek.com.au/make-a-pledge/
National Carers Week is an initiative of Carers Australia, with primary activities funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.
Future transport leaders get hands on experience with Constructionarium
16 October 2017
Transurban Queensland graduate engineers have joined fellow up and coming engineers to build a replica of Brisbane’s Story Bridge as part of a Constructionarium event in early October.
Constructionarium is a not for profit organisation which provides hands-on construction experience for early-career engineers.
The event provided undergraduate and graduate engineers with the opportunity to get valuable hands on experience building a scaled 1:20, 24m replica of the iconic bridge.
Transurban Queensland Group General Manager Wes Ballantine said Transurban Queensland was proud to sponsor the event as part of its commitment to support future transport leaders.
“We are committed to investing in our future transport leaders and this initiative is a great opportunity for some of our up-and-coming engineers to gain hands-on experience delivering a successful project,” Mr Ballantine said.
“The confidence they will gain from this valuable initiative will no doubt help to prepare them for the challenges they will face as they progress in their careers.”
Over eight days the team had to plan, develop and present a tender to the client, develop and track cost and quality, procure and undertake earthworks and landscaping, construct the bridge, and give a hand-over presentation to industry stakeholders.
Transurban Queensland Graduate Engineer Emma-Lee Wood was the Project Manager and said the experience was a great opportunity to learn more about teamwork, leadership, delegation and establishing and maintaining a strong team culture.
“It was a fantastic experience and I was grateful to be given the opportunity to be challenged and work with my fellow graduates in the construction industry,” Ms Wood said.
“During the program I realised how much Transurban’s Graduate Development Program had equipped me for the role. From my experience working in Transurban Queensland’s Business Development and Project Delivery teams, and in the construction team on the Gateway Upgrade North Project, I was able to answer questions about the tender process, as well as construction, safety and quality issues.”
Transurban Queensland Graduate Engineer Emmaline Clark also participated in the challenge and said she would highly recommend the experience to other early engineering professionals and undergraduates.
“Working in a team of 18 people from five different companies representing varying industry sectors was a great opportunity to develop collaborative skills,” Ms Clark said.
“Having such a diverse range of people brought great knowledge to the team, which contributed to the overall successful completion of the build.”
The 5 tonne Constructionarium version was built at the Construction Training Centre site at Salisbury.
Clem7 Control Centre opens its doors for Brisbane Open House
10 October 2017
Transurban Queensland was pleased to open the Clem7 Tunnel Control Centre (TCC) to the public over the weekend as part of Brisbane’s Open House festival.
The sold out event saw around 100 visitors get an exclusive behind the scenes look into how a tunnel operates. The tour included exclusive access into the control room, which monitors the tunnel 24/7, the emergency response vehicles and the Northern Ventilation Outlet.
Transurban Queensland Stakeholder Manager Tony Meredith said Transurban Queensland was proud to take part in the event.
“This is a rare opportunity for the public to learn more about what goes on behind-the-scenes of a tunnel and to see what it takes to keep motorists moving safely through the tunnel,” Mr Meredith said.
“The safety of motorists is our number one priority, so we’re delighted to be able to demonstrate how our tunnel operators use systems such as closed circuit television cameras and automatic incident detection systems to ensure motorists have a fast, efficient and safe trip.”
Brisbane Open House is a free public festival that celebrates Brisbane’s architecture and offers behind the scenes access to 100 buildings across the city.
About Clem7 TCC
The Clem7 TCC, located in Bowen Hills, manages all aspects of the tunnel’s operation including traffic control, environmental system management and incident response. The centre is operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure motorists have a safe, quick and reliable journey through Clem7.
The TCC site also houses the Northern Ventilation Outlet. It’s big, bold and iconic, with a colour palette inspired by the natural environment of Brisbane and represents a Poinciana Tree. Its twin, the Southern Ventilation Outlet, is located in Woolloongabba and represents a Jacaranda Tree.
These buildings house large exhaust fans, critical to the safe operation of the tunnel. The northern outlet building is linked to the northbound Clem7 tunnel via an air off-take tunnel, which runs underneath the RNA showgrounds.
Transurban Queensland raises $175,000 for children’s charity
19 September 2017
On Friday 15 September, Transurban Queensland hosted its annual Charity Challenge which saw more than 300 guests, business partners and stakeholders from the transport/infrastructure industry embrace their inner child at a carnival themed event, which raised $175,000 for children’s charity Ronald McDonald House South East Queensland.
Transurban Queensland Group General Manager Wes Ballantine said Transurban Queensland was proud of its ongoing partnership with Ronald McDonald House as part of its commitment to invest in communities.
“We are overwhelmed with the support and generosity shown today by all of our sponsors and business partners who have supported this worthy event,” Mr Ballantine said.
“To raise $175,000 for Ronald McDonald House is an incredible achievement and we hope the money will make a real difference for families who need a home away from home when a seriously ill child requires hospital treatment.”
A very special thank you to the Charity Challenge major sponsor UBS and gold and silver sponsors CPB Contractors, Mi Electric, PWC, King & Wood Mallesons, Lendlease Services, Morgan Stanley, EGIS, Ventia, McDonalds, Aurecon, Accenture, Credit Solutions & SLF lawyers, KPMG, Deloitte, Kapsch and SMEC.
Bridges shine yellow for Queensland Road Safety Week 2017
23 August 2017
This week is Queensland Road Safety Week, an important opportunity for all Queenslanders to be directly involved in making our roads safer for everyone.
Transurban Queensland, operator of the go via network, is proud to support this important event and help raise awareness about critical road safety issues and promote safe road practices.
Public Affairs Manager Ruth Moody said Transurban Queensland was changing variable messaging signs across the network to reflect the different daily road safety themes and lighting the Sir Leo Hielscher bridges in yellow to help raise greater awareness for this initiative.
“The safety of everyone travelling on the go via network is the highest priority for Transurban Queensland,” Ms Moody said.
“Queensland Road Safety Week is a chance for all Queenslanders to be involved in making our roads safer by providing the community with a voice and the tools necessary to make a change.”
“The theme of this year’s Road Safety Week, ‘Speaking up for road safety’, challenges everyone to learn more about road safety and to change the way we think about road trauma.”
Each day of the week will focus on one of the fatal five road behaviours: speeding, drink/drug driving, fatigue, no seatbelts and distraction.
Queensland Road Safety Week is a Queensland Government initiative, delivered in partnership by the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads and the Queensland Police Service.
For more information please visit jointhedrive.qld.gov.au/road-safety-week
20 years of supporting the Bridge to Brisbane
8 August 2017
This year marks the 20th consecutive year the go via network has supported the iconic Sunday Mail Bridge to Brisbane day.
On Sunday 27 August, 30,000 community members will come together to take part in Queensland’s largest community fun run and raise much-needed funds for charity.
As a major supporter of the event, the go via network is pleased to be providing safe access for runners across the Go Between Bridge for the event.
As part of our commitment to keep traffic moving safely and efficiently, tolls on the Clem7 and Go Between Bridge will be waived for motorists from 2am – 1pm on the day to account for major road closures.
For more information and to register, visit bridgetobrisbaneday.com.au