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Gold Coast observations and articles
« on: May 12, 2015, 11:10:45 AM »
This is a new general purpose observations thread.  Feel free to repost tidbits from here elsewhere as appropriate.
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Re: Gold Coast observations
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2015, 11:11:38 AM »
GCB -> Surfside Buses launch probe into why girl, 12, was left stranded when go card failed

BT -> Schoolgirl left off Gold Coast bus
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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2015, 02:32:29 PM »
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« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2015, 05:19:42 PM »
Very important to not gang up on people on the strength of reports before they have had their say.

The only comment I left on the GCB still stands - if it is accurate, then it is not acceptable.  I'm a bit concerned by the notion that this did not happen and yet a complaint was still made - somebody is fibbing.
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« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2015, 05:23:29 AM »
Gold Coast Bulletin --> School bus drivers suspended after public brawl at Gold Coast high school   
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« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2015, 05:25:28 AM »
Gold Coast Bulletin --> Father of girl stranded at Gold Coast bus stop rejects Surfside’s denial of event
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« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2015, 05:30:22 AM »
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« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2015, 04:18:58 PM »
7 News --> Qld bus driver cleared over stranded girl
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Re: Gold Coast observations and articles
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2015, 10:52:57 AM »
GCB --> Fare go, we’ve missed the bus when it comes to public transport

Ed: fixed link
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« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2015, 10:08:22 AM »
One of the interesting features of living on the Gold Coast, which has developed out of an agglomeration of coastal and inland villages, is that we get debates about where the CBD is, where it should be and if we have one at all.

GCB --> Gold Coast City Council and State Government officials have held discussions about upgrading Robina as the new CBD

Ed: fixed link
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Re: Gold Coast observations and articles
« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2015, 10:47:47 AM »
I saw this article a little while back about shiny new double deck buses running on the airport route 777, it also ties in with the Translink press release also linked below.

I'm wondering if the Gold Coast Tourism boss has a point when he says "If those double-decker buses also took them right into the city – rather than stopping at Broadbeach - and did the previous bus routes, it would be even better".

Would it be a reasonable proposition to join the 777 to perhaps the 705 to give people from the airport a single-seat ride to hotels in Surfers Paradise and Main Beach?
I know we're all about promoting transfers, but I think the chances of visitors using PT from the Airport is generally higher if they can access a simple service direct to their destination.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/gold-coast-tourism-boss-asks-for-new-coast-route-for-doubledecker-buses-20150511-ggz4g7.html
http://translink.com.au/about-translink/reporting-and-publications/media-releases/details/4181?utm_source=translink-gc&utm_medium=primary-tile&utm_content=double-decker-buses-airport&utm_campaign=double-decker-buses

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« Reply #11 on: May 31, 2015, 06:59:51 AM »
I always felt the 777 should have terminated at The Oasis at least.
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« Reply #12 on: May 31, 2015, 04:09:37 PM »
Twitter

Darren Curtis ‏@DarrenCurtis9 9 minutes ago

A Gold Coast bus has been burnt out with driver & passenger on board, also started a grass fire. Video #9News

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« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2015, 08:28:37 AM »
From TransLink Gold Coast e-news



New double-decker for the Gold Coast Airport

Have you noticed the latest addition to the Gold Coast network? It's a new double-decker running exclusively on route 777 - Gold Coast Airport to Broadbeach South Station.

>> http://translink.com.au/about-translink/reporting-and-publications/media-releases/details/4181
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« Reply #14 on: June 04, 2015, 08:32:14 AM »
They need some work to have luggage racks fitted downstairs like the modified single-decks which had been used on the service.

(On that front, I understand there is to be an interesting development concerning Bustech double-deckers and airport services very soon, not necessarily up here...)
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« Reply #15 on: June 04, 2015, 08:34:58 AM »
^ Skybus?  Good, I am off to Melbourne in a few weeks ..
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« Reply #16 on: June 04, 2015, 10:43:48 AM »
Possibly - time will tell.
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« Reply #17 on: June 18, 2015, 02:05:10 PM »
http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/news/gold-coast/gold-coast-traffic-jams-target-of-160m-program-before-games/story-fnj94idh-1227403662208
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« Reply #18 on: June 18, 2015, 02:05:30 PM »
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« Reply #19 on: July 06, 2015, 06:15:47 AM »
6th July 2015

Media Release
Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy and Water Supply
The Honourable Mark Bailey

Gold Coast interchange upgrade completed ahead of schedule

A $78 million upgrade of the Smith Street Motorway and Olsen Avenue interchange was finished today, ahead of schedule.

Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said the work was part of a $119 million package to improve traffic flow through the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge precinct at Parkwood.

“The Smith Street Motorway provides a vital link to Queensland’s tourist hotspots,” he said.

“It will also connect the visionary Health and Knowledge precinct around Griffith University.

“Gold Coast motorists, cyclists and pedestrians need a more reliable road network and the Palaszczuk Government is making it happen.”

The interchange project created 148 jobs.

Mr Bailey said more enhancements would be made to Olsen Avenue, as part of the Commonwealth Games roads package.

“We are now working towards six-laning Olsen Avenue, between Crestwood Drive and the Southport–Nerang Road intersection,” he said.

“This new project is part of a recently announced $160.7 million package of road network improvements for the Gold Coast.

“Widening Olsen Avenue further south will also help improve traffic flows through the precinct.”
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« Reply #20 on: July 06, 2015, 07:53:18 AM »
Utterly pointless project the capital outlay for which could have paid for 20-25% of the light rail extension to Helensvale.
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« Reply #21 on: July 09, 2015, 05:06:28 PM »
GCB -> Burleigh company Bustech driving future with electric buses set to revolutionise Gold Coast roads

The first of these "ZDis" is being exhibited in Melbourne at the 2015 Busvic expo.

Full low-floor except for a slightly raised section at the rear, stepless entries to both doors (the one built only appears to have a single leaf side door but a full-width side door would be possible).
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« Reply #22 on: July 09, 2015, 07:24:34 PM »
GCB -> Burleigh company Bustech driving future with electric buses set to revolutionise Gold Coast roads

The first of these "ZDis" is being exhibited in Melbourne at the 2015 Busvic expo.

Full low-floor except for a slightly raised section at the rear, stepless entries to both doors (the one built only appears to have a single leaf side door but a full-width side door would be possible).

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« Reply #23 on: August 02, 2015, 03:04:36 AM »
Brisbanetimes --> Southport re-emerges as Gold Coast growth central
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« Reply #24 on: August 04, 2015, 10:49:00 AM »
Gold Coast Casino and resort project at Main Beach gets planning nod from Qld gov't > http://t.co/xCKrMjOL1h http://t.co/yp6w8SOI1y
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« Reply #25 on: August 04, 2015, 11:40:44 AM »
Brisbanetimes --> Gold Coast casino to be built next to Sea World
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« Reply #26 on: August 04, 2015, 01:00:57 PM »
Traffic isn't going to be as bad as Wavebreak would have been.

The buses will cop a flogging, as will SeaWorld Drive itself.  (It's going to be the only place in Australia where you can catch the same bus between the front door of 2 casinos.)

This and the Zaha Hadid designed towers a little to the south will improve the case for a short light rail spur branching off from Main Beach station...
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« Reply #27 on: August 17, 2015, 12:39:54 PM »
Brisbanetimes --> Echo Entertainment plans six-star hotel for Gold Coast Jupiters site

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« Reply #28 on: August 18, 2015, 09:45:59 AM »
Gold Coast light rail kiosks a ‘slap in the face’ to nearby traders
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« Reply #29 on: August 24, 2015, 03:18:31 AM »
Gold Coast Bulletin --> Highrise opponents ready for battle over proposed Spit developments
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« Reply #30 on: September 22, 2015, 06:36:00 PM »
Brisbanetimes --> Is it time for a tunnel from Southport Spit to Southport Broadwater?
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« Reply #31 on: September 22, 2015, 08:17:05 PM »
^ GCB version - http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/business/spit-southport-bridge-plan-raised/story-fnjc2dm2-1227537682651
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« Reply #32 on: September 22, 2015, 08:29:20 PM »
Slap a toll on it. No need for bridge or tunnel. Could be up and running in a few months, minimal cost, it would probably make money. Funds could go into bikeway and more PT for the area.
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« Reply #33 on: September 23, 2015, 05:43:19 AM »
Not going to happen. :pfy:
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« Reply #34 on: September 23, 2015, 09:30:28 AM »
Max would appear to be having a Senior moment, or at least failed to notice that Major Tunnels is no longer Premier and that the policy of the new Government is to build nothing while whinging about the Feds.

Was there not a bridge on this alignment many years ago?  Seem to remember the original connection from Southport was more or less straight across to the spit from Queen St area?

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« Reply #35 on: September 23, 2015, 10:41:50 AM »
Was there not a bridge on this alignment many years ago?  Seem to remember the original connection from Southport was more or less straight across to the spit from Queen St area?


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« Reply #36 on: September 23, 2015, 10:58:21 AM »
The old bridge launched more or less where the current one does on the north bank, but it crossed over towards where the Southport Yacht Club is while the current one is more north-south.

I suspect some people are thinking of tunnelling either from Biggera Waters where Frank Street becomes Brisbane Road just north of The Grand Hotel, and emerging somewhere north of Seaworld, or from North Street just on the outer edge of the Southport CBD.  Both are dreadful ideas, whether tunnelled or bridged.

Complete lunacy.  Not only because of the ridiculous cost and the opportunity cost of not spending it somewhere more productive, but because it will increase vehicular traffic in both directions along The Spit and immediately to the south through Narrowneck, Waterways Drive and the like.  It will do zero for congestion on Smith Street or Brisbane Road, while at the same time wiping out the lower traffic volumes on the beachside roads instead of isolating through traffic to the Gold Coast Hwy.  I expect traffic for The Spit makes up rather less of the traffic passing over the Sundale Bridge than people think.
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« Reply #37 on: September 23, 2015, 11:03:06 AM »
Ah, that's the one.  I know my parents had mentioned a bridge in that area that existed when they had their honeymoon in QLD in the 1950s.

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« Reply #38 on: September 23, 2015, 11:06:16 AM »
Before my late father died, he was in aged care at Helensvale, and we sometimes used to head down to the spit for a time-out or a walk on the beach.  While the traffic on the Sundale Bridge was often horrendous, not very much of it was doing the turn to go down the spit - most was heading straight on into Surfer's.

I still regret that in his final months he was never well enough to go for a ride on the tram.  Dad loved trams, and often used to reminisce about the Newcastle system that was still in operation when he lived there in the 1940s.

I don't think there's anything happening on the Spit that couldn't be handled with minor road upgrades, bus connections, and eventually a light rail spur (but far lower priority than Helensvale and southward extensions + Robina).  Or if you wanted to go all touristy, extend the Seaworld Monorail to Main Beach light rail station (foam!!!).

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« Reply #39 on: October 16, 2015, 04:14:34 PM »
Brisbanetimes --> Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate unveils Broadbeach redevelopment plan
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