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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.
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 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 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
Rescued 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
Transurban Queensland encourages drivers to take care on the roads this Christmas
20 December 2016
Transurban Queensland, operator of the go via network, is encouraging drivers to take extra care on the roads over the busy holiday period as part of a targeted Christmas road safety campaign on the go via network.
Targeted messaging across the go via network, including variable messaging signs, social media and online content will remind drivers about the importance of driving safely during the holiday season, including key holiday driving tips.
Transurban Queensland Public Affairs Manager Bridie O’Connor said the safety of drivers using the go via network was Transurban Queensland’s top priority, and this was particularly important over the busy holiday period.
“This year we want to help remind drivers to take care on the roads, plan their journey in advance and drive responsibly to ensure everyone arrives safely at their destination and can enjoy the holiday season with their family and friends,” Ms O’Connor said.
As part of Transurban Queensland’s support for the Queensland Government’s Join the Drive initiative, the Christmas road safety messaging will also align with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads road safety campaign theme, ‘Memories’, which asks Queenslanders to remember this Christmas and the holiday season for all the right reasons.
“As operators of the go via network, we’re committed to working with TMR to support this important Christmas road safety campaign,” Ms O’Connor said.
The go via network’s incident response vehicles are on hand 24 hours a day to support and assist motorists on the network.
This support service is part of Transurban Queensland’s commitment to delivering exceptional customer service and providing a safe and efficient transport network, keeping traffic moving safely.
Community invited to shape new community centre in Heathwood
9 December 2016
Transurban Queensland has unveiled plans to donate $2 million to develop a new community complex adjacent to the Logan Motorway at Heathwood.
Transurban Queensland Group General Manager, Wesley Ballantine said the initiative forms part of its $512 million Logan Enhancement Project announced in late November.
“Our donation will create a lasting legacy for the residents in the local area by creating a new facility that addresses a community need and brings people together,” Mr Ballantine said.
“We are incredibly excited to start with a blank canvas and invite the community to share their ideas on how the site should be developed,” he said.
Member for Algester Leeanne Enoch said she was delighted to be working with Transurban Queensland on the initiative.
“This is a huge win for local residents and we want to ensure that the local community is involved at every step along the way,” Ms Enoch said.
“In early 2017, a Community Reference Group will be formed to guide the project and to determine the most suitable use for the site so that the best possible community outcomes are realized.
“I encourage anyone with a strong interest to get involved and have their say.”
Transurban Queensland will call for Expression of Interest for community members to join the Community Reference Group.
Mr Ballantine said the Community Reference Group would comprise membership from local elected representatives, including the Member for Algester, to ensure it represents the views of the community.
“We hope to see the community centre will be up and running by the time construction on the Logan Enhancement Project is completed in mid-2019.
The Logan Enhancement Project was recently approved to proceed to detailed design and construction, with the final concept design also released.
The final concept design was directly shaped by feedback from community, road users, local businesses and freight distributers.
“This includes replacing the right-hand turn from Beaudesert Road southbound to the Logan Motorway westbound with a free-flowing underpass, eliminating the need for traffic signals proposed in the initial concept design,” Mr Ballantine said.
To be kept up-to-date about the Logan Enhancement Project, including Heathwood Facility Redevelopment, please opt-in to receive regular email updates by visiting loganenhancementproject.com.au
Local community groups recognised in Transurban grants program
29 November 2016
Transurban Queensland has awarded eleven community grants to local not-for-profit and community groups, continuing its commitment to supporting communities along the go via network.
The grants were awarded to community groups and initiatives that contribute to the wellbeing of neighbourhoods along the go via network.
Transurban Queensland Group General Manager Wes Ballantine said the grant recipients included a diverse range of organisations and projects that provide social, environmental and animal welfare benefits to local communities.
“We’re delighted to continue to recognise the importance community organisations play in the wellbeing of our neighbourhoods,” Mr Ballantine said.
“The Community Grants program reinforces our commitment to support the organisations and projects that sustain, enhance and protect the local environment and communities along the go via network.”
Among the community groups to receive a grant was TransitCare, a not-for-profit organisation providing community transport for the elderly, sick and disabled in the Brisbane South and Logan areas.
TransitCare CEO Terry O’Toole said the grant would deliver much-needed support to families with a child with heart disease by providing transport from the Brisbane Airport to Lady Cilento Hospital on behalf of HeartKids Qld
“By receiving this grant from Transurban Queensland we will be able to buy and fit a range of child seats in our vehicles so we can help families dealing with childhood heart disease,” Mr O’Toole said.
“We will be able to increase the support program provided by HeartKids and make the journey for families seamless during this worrying time.
“Thank you to Transurban Queensland for helping us support families at such a difficult time.”
A number of environmental and animal welfare organisations have also been recognised, including the RSPCA who will use the grant to provide safety equipment for RSPCA animal ambulance drivers, and Orphan Native Animal Rear and Release Association, Forestdale, to support rehabilitation of animals rescued on the Logan Motorway.
The Community Grants Program operates on a six-monthly basis, providing organisations with a regular opportunity to receive funding.
Applications for the next round of Transurban community grants are now open. The program awards grants of up to $3000 for projects that generate social or environmental benefits to the communities along the go via network. More information about the program including eligibility criteria and application deadlines is available on the Transurban website: transurban.com/communitygrants
Grant recipients share how the grants will help the community
The grant will be used to purchase and install child seats in vehicles used to transport children with childhood heart disease, on behalf of HeartKids Qld, from Brisbane Airport to Lady Cilento Hospital or from Townsville Airport to Townsville Hospital.
The grant will be used to purchase essential safety equipment to protect animal ambulance drivers during the rescue of wildlife and other animals. This will include waterproof HI-VIS safety vests, LED vehicle safety lights and portable rescue lighting for roadside services.
Vision Australia, Logan
The grant will provide Orientation and Mobility (O&M) services to five new clients in the Logan City region, helping them stay safe, travel confidently and continue actively participating in everyday life.
Full list of Community Grant recipients:
- Orphan Native Animal Rear and Release Association, Forestdale
Funding for an aviary to help rehabilitate rescued birds and possums, and contribute towards the installation of a fox-proof macropod exercise pen to help small wallabies before being released back into the wild.
- The Lodge Youth Support Service, Northgate
The grant will fund driving lessons for young people at The Lodge.
- The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre, Kedron
The Centre’s ‘myAirvo Loan Program’ provides patients with access to the Home based myAirvo Humidification system, which enhances mucocillary clearance, optimises oxygen delivery and improves lung function. The grant will enable the Clinic to purchase two new “myAirvo” humidification systems, which will be loaned out for home use. This in turn will help people with CF stay out of Hospital longer and lead more normal lives.
- Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts, Kangaroo Point
The grant will be used to support the delivery of the annual Open Your Eyes to ACPA Day for young and emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.
- Amputees and Families Support Group Qld, Logan
Support to purchase two new wheelchairs and four stump supports for the Medical Aids and Equipment Program, which provides free access to loan wheelchairs and leg supports for people who have undergone amputation.
- Burnie Brae “Project Pantry”, Chermside
The grant will fund a dedicated vehicle to distribute food to those in need as part of the Burnie Brae Centre’s Project Pantry, a food support program aimed at lowering everyday living costs for pensioners and community members experiencing financial hardship.
- Springwood Central State School, Springwood
The grant will be used to install a Frontrow Soundfield Sound Amplification System, with a pass around microphone kit, in a classroom with two students who are hearing impaired.
- Grand Avenue State School P&C Association Bike Education Program, Forest Lake
The grant will help the school purchase bicycles for children taking part in the school’s bike education program.
Keeping #EyesOnDiabetes 14 November
11 November 2016
The go via network is proudly supporting World Diabetes Day by turning the Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges Blue on 14 November.
Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia, which is increasing at a faster rate than other chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer. All types of diabetes are increasing in prevalence:
- Type 1 diabetes accounts for 10% of all diabetes
- Type 2 diabetes accounts for 85% of all diabetes and is increasing.
What can you do to support this cause?
- wear blue on Monday 14 November
- keep #EyesOnDiabetes, through regular check-ups with your physician.
Visit www.diabetesaustralia.com.au for more information.
go via network supports National Carers Week 2016
17 October 2016
This week the go via network is proud to be celebrating the outstanding contribution unpaid carers make to our community as part of National Carers Week from 16 – 22 October 2016.
Lights on the Sir Leo Hielsher Bridges will change to burgundy for the week, and electronic message signs across the go via network will remind motorists of the important role carers make within our community.
Transurban Queensland Public Affairs Manager Bridie O’Connor said the go via network was delighted to support Carers Week again this year to help educate and raise awareness about the diversity of carers and their caring roles.
“Carers make an enormous contribution to our communities and the go via network is delighted to support this important initiative,” Ms O’Connor said.
National Carers Week is an initiative of Carers Australia, with primary activities funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS).
Show your support for Australia’s 2.8million unpaid carers and find out more about Carers Week at http://www.carersweek.com.au/make-a-pledge
Transurban Queensland raises $130,000 for children’s charity
14 September 2016
On Friday 2 September, Transurban Queensland hosted its annual Charity Challenge which saw more than 250 guests, business partners and transport industry stakeholders swap their suits for shorts for an action packed day of activities which raised $130,000 for children’s charity, Ronald McDonald House South East Queensland.
Transurban Group General Manager Queensland Wes Ballantine said Transurban Queensland was proud to support Ronald McDonald House (SEQ), which provides a home away from home for families with a seriously ill child requiring hospital treatment.
“Transurban Queensland is proud to have raised, with our corporate partners, $130,000 for Ronald McDonald House,” Mr Ballantine said.
“I’d like to thank all of our guests, business partners and sponsors for their overwhelming support and generosity. We wish Ronald McDonald House, and all of its families, our very best wishes.”
Special thanks to our major sponsor UBS and gold sponsors EGIS, Aurecon, Kapsch, Accenture, Lendlease, Mi Electrics, PWC, Broadspectrum, KPMG, Transcity, King and Wood Mallesons, CPB Contractors, Gateway Motorway Services and Brisbane Motorway Services.
Proudly supporting the 20th Bridge to Brisbane
22 August 2016
The go via network is proud to be a major sponsor of Queensland’s largest community fun run, the 2016 Suncorp Bank Sunday Mail Bridge to Brisbane.
On Sunday 28 August, 30,000 community members will come together to take part in the 20th Bridge to Brisbane, with an all new course and special celebrations marking the occasion.
Transurban Queensland Public Affairs Manager Bridie O’Connor said this year’s event would mark the 19th consecutive year go via network has supported this much-loved community event.
“The go via network is proud to be a major sponsor of the 20th Bridge to Brisbane, helping the communities along our network celebrate this iconic event,” Ms O’Connor said.
“This year the new course will take participants on a journey over some of Brisbane’s most iconic landmarks, including the go via network’s iconic Go Between Bridge.
“The go via network will be well represented on the day, with a strong contingent of team members ready and excited to take on this year’s new course.”
Ms O’Connor said to ensure safe access for runners across the Go Between Bridge, the go via network would close the southbound lane to motorists.
As part of the go via network’s 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.
Good luck to all the walkers, joggers and runners taking part!
For more information visit bridgetobrisbaneday.com.au