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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
go via network recognises Road Safety Week 2016
22 August 2016
This week, the team at go via network is proudly supporting the 2016 Queensland Road Safety Week.
The Queensland Government initiative is an important opportunity for Queenslanders to be directly involved in making our roads safer for everyone.
The theme of this year’s Road Safety Week, ‘Speaking up for road safety’, challenges all Queenslanders to learn more about road safety and to change the way we think about road trauma.
Public Affairs Manager, Queensland Bridie O’Connor said every day road crashes devastate the lives of Queenslanders and take an enormous toll on families and our communities.
“We need everyone to take a stand by raising awareness and challenging the way we think about road trauma by providing the community with a voice and the tools necessary to make a change,” Ms O’Connor said.
“We have a number of activities planned across the go via network to raise awareness of the ‘fatal five’ including lighting the iconic Sir Leo Hielscher bridges in blue and yellow throughout the week,” she said.
Each day of the week will focus on a different road safety behaviour – one of the ‘Fatal Five’, kicking off with ‘distractions’ on Monday, ‘speed’ on Tuesday, ‘fatigue and restraints’ on Wednesday, ‘sharing the road’ on Thursday, and ‘drink and drug driving’ on Friday.
Internally, Transurban Queensland will also host a Road Safety Week event for staff with special guest speakers from the Queensland Police Service who will share important road safety information and reflect on the impact speeding and other critical road risk factors have on the lives of Queenslanders.
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.
How are you recognising Queensland Road Safety Week?
For more information please visit jointhedrive.qld.gov.au/road-safety-week
Motorists value time savings with Legacy Way
23 June 2016
Since opening one year ago, Legacy Way has been helping Brisbane motorists save time, by providing a critical connection between the inner northern and the western suburbs of Brisbane and beyond.
Transurban Queensland Public Affairs Manager, Bridie O’Connor said Brisbane’s newest tunnel is delivering on its promise of connecting motorists throughout Brisbane more efficiently.
“One of the key benefits of Legacy Way is the improved connectivity it provides to and from the western suburbs, making it easier for motorists to reach their destination reliably,” Ms O’Connor said.
“The simplicity of using Legacy Way, coupled with its time savings, travel time certainty and improved connectivity, has prompted many motorists to take advantage of Brisbane’s newest tunnel,” she said.
“As the city’s key arterials become busier, it’s only natural that there will be a growing appreciation for options like Legacy Way that motorists can use to get where they want to go more reliably. This in turn is changing the way our city road network operates.”
“For instance, motorists travelling from the western suburbs to the Brisbane Airport using Legacy Way bypass seven sets of traffic lights and save more than 14 minutes in travel time during peak periods. ”
Not only is Legacy Way delivering a more reliable and enjoyable journey, it is also delivering benefits to the community. This year, the go via network will donate $100,000 to Legacy, a charity that cares for the families of Australian veterans.
Haven’t tried Legacy Way yet? Find out how much time you could save by going via Legacy Way today.
The go via network proudly supporting City2South
2 June 2016
For the third consecutive year, the go via network is proudly providing safe access for City2South participants along the Go Between Bridge.
On Sunday 5 June, thousands of running enthusiasts, novices and walkers will brave an early start and will cross the Go Between Bridge, while taking in Brisbane’s beautiful city views.
This year, City2South aims to raise $125,000 for more than 550 charities to help fund their much needed activities. For more information, visit www.city2south.com.au.