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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

Bridge to Brisbane

Tolling resumes following Pacific Motorway incident

4 August 2017

Tolling has now resumed in both directions along the Logan Motorway and Gateway Extension Motorway following today’s hazardous material incident on the Pacific Motorway.

Tolls suspended during Pacific Motorway incident

4 August 2017

Following the hazardous material incident on the Pacific Motorway this morning at Loganholme, tolls will be suspended from 10:45am in both directions at the eastern end of the Logan Motorway (Loganlea toll point) and the southern end of the Gateway Extension Motorway (Kuraby toll point) to provide an alternative route for motorists.

Customers’ toll tags will still beep when they travel underneath a tolling point, however tolls will not be charged during this time.

Once the accident has been cleared and the diversion removed, normal tolling will resume.

Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges lit for NAIDOC Week

go via network lights up for NAIDOC week

4 July 2017

Transurban Queensland, operator of the go via network, is proud to be celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements this week as part of NAIDOC week 2017.

NAIDOC Week runs from the 2 to 9 July 2017 and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.

To support and raise awareness of this national event, Transurban Queensland is lighting the iconic Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges red, yellow, blue and green.

This year’s theme, Our Languages Matter, aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.

Find out more about NAIDOC week.

During National Reconciliation week, 2017 we are launching our second Reconciliation Action Plan, Innovate RAP. Find out more about the actions and key deliverables Transurban has committed to as a part of our vision for reconciliation.

 

Transurban Queensland recognises community grant recipients

9 June 2017

This week Transurban Queensland, operator of the go via network, recognised the successful recipients of its latest round of community grants.

At a special morning tea hosted by Transurban Group General Manager Queensland Wes Ballantine, representatives from each organisation spoke about the significant difference the grant would make to their local communities.

Transurban Group General Manager Queensland Wes Ballantine, with representatives from each organisation awarded a community grant.

Recipients include:

The Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Sport and Recreation Association of Qld – to purchase specialised equipment for use in its fitness and rehabilitation facility. Over 230 individuals access the gym for a total of over 7900 visits per year.

Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland – to purchase a Meywalk Walker for use within the Walkways Mobility Program and the statewide Equipment Loans Library service, which allows mobility equipment to be trialled, borrowed and shared across any of CPL’s nearby regions.

Preterm Infants Parents Association Inc – to extend the Family Project to the Logan and Ipswich hospitals. The project provides financial assistance to families with a premature baby.

Kuraby Special School – to help transform a space within the school to build a butterfly garden where all members of the school community can enjoy watching butterflies and other insects. Memorial plaques which celebrate previous students who have died will be relocated into the butterfly garden.

Endeavour Foundation VLE Road Safety – to support the development of road safety software specific to Cooper Plains. Through the use of virtual reality technology, people with a disability will be taught appropriate actions and road safety.

The Edge Youth and Community Service Limited – to recruit and train ten new volunteer mentors and purchase resources for the Building Blocks Mentoring Program, which provides one-on-one mentors for students who are identified and referred by local schools.

FSG Australia – to fund a 9-week Health and Wellness Program for 15 students in year 11 or 12 at Park Ridge High who are at risk of disengaging with secondary schooling and the community.

Life’s Little Treasures Foundation – to purchase six Britax Unity Car Seats, the only car seat specifically designed and tested for low birth weight babies, for families with a premature baby at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.

World Access For The Blind Australia Ltd – to support three school-based workshops run by Daniel Kish, renowned expert and certified mobility specialist visiting Australia during April/May.

Since early 2015, Transurban Queensland has awarded 48 grants to local community groups along the go via network, totalling $121, 810.

Adding value to local communities is a key part of Transurban vision ‘to strengthen communities through transport’ and our commitment to be good neighbours.

The Community Grants Program operates on a six monthly basis, providing organisations with a regular opportunity to receive funding to support initiatives that generate social and environmental benefits for local communities.

 

Transurban Queensland announces Indigenous Traineeship program

2 June 2017

This week Transurban Queensland was proud to launch a new Indigenous traineeship program in partnership with Aboriginal Employment Strategy (AES) as part of Transurban’s second Reconciliation Action Plan, Innovate RAP.

The program was announced at a special National Reconciliation Week event held on Wednesday 31 May with Transurban Queensland employees, AES representatives and a special performance by students from the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts (ACPA).

Transurban Queensland General Manager Jackson Ross said the traineeship program aimed to create career development opportunities and pathways for people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island descent in our local communities.

“This program will help Transurban Queensland deliver real opportunities for Indigenous communities and supports our vision of strengthening communities through inclusion, respect and valuing difference,” Mr Ross said.

We want to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment outcomes and create a workplace where all employees feel comfortable expressing their heritage and feel proud of Transurban’s contribution to the reconciliation journey.”

Transurban Queensland will recruit two trainees as part of the 12-month traineeship program.

 

National Reconciliation Week event.

Transurban Group General Manager, Queensland Wes Ballantine (left) and Transurban Queensland General Manager Jackson Ross (far right) with students and representatives from the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts at a National Reconciliation Week event.

At the celebration, students from ACPA, previous recipients of a Transurban community grant, performed a Welcome to Country and a contemporary Indigenous fusion performance.

Mr Ross said it was great to experience the rich traditions of Indigenous dance, music and storytelling performed by young and emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.

“We’re delighted to experience the outstanding talent of these young artists and find out more about how ACPA is helping the students pursue their creative careers.”

Transurban also supported National Reconciliation Week by lighting the Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges red, yellow, blue and green. Electronic message signs across the go via network also reminded motorists about National Reconciliation Week and this year’s theme ‘Let’s Take the Next Steps’.

For more information about Transurban’s Reconciliation Action Plan visit transurban.com/rap

go via network celebrates National Reconciliation Week

30 May 2017

The iconic Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges will shine red, yellow, blue and green this week in recognition of National Reconciliation Week from 27 May – 3 June 2017.

Transurban Queensland, operator of the go via network, is proud to be supporting this important national event that celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.

National Reconciliation Week is an important opportunity to reflect and celebrate the contributions and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and focus on what must still be done to achieve reconciliation.

This year’s event marks two significant anniversaries in Australia’s reconciliation journey – 50 years since the 1967 referendum, and 25 years since the historic Mabo decision.

In addition to bridge lighting, electronic message signs across the go via network will remind motorists about National Reconciliation Week and this year’s theme ‘Let’s Take the Next Steps’.

Transurban will also host a number of internal events to reflect on our ongoing commitment to the reconciliation journey and making a positive difference to the communities in which we operate through our Reconciliation Action Plan.

For more information about National Reconciliation Week, visit www.reconciliation.org.au/nrw/

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