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Re: Gold Coast Coomera Connector
« Reply #40 on: May 01, 2021, 03:55:19 PM »
Pretty much the entire Coomera Connector catchment is supposed to be green belt. Or was.

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The money for this project should be spent on literally anything else. Wonder how much amplification and straightening of the GC/Beenleigh line nightmare it could buy?

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Re: Gold Coast Coomera Connector
« Reply #41 on: May 04, 2021, 07:00:31 AM »
Couriermail Quest --> Coomera Connector on federal environment minister’s radar $

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The federal government is considering whether to intervene over a proposed six-lane highway which will plough through significant wetlands.

Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley has been asked to consider assessing the environmental impacts of the third stage of the Coomera Connector through Eagleby Wetlands but is yet to decide whether to intervene.

Last week, the state government said it would push ahead with approved plans to build the highway through the wetlands, despite heavy protests from locals and a state-instigated independent review of the route.

Forde MP Bert van Manen contacted Ms Ley after the state government said it would not change the approved route, revealed in maps in the Queensland Government Gazette in 2019. ...
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Re: Gold Coast Coomera Connector
« Reply #42 on: May 04, 2021, 09:58:27 AM »
Shaping up as a giant cluster-fuk! 

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Re: Gold Coast Coomera Connector
« Reply #43 on: May 04, 2021, 10:03:02 AM »
It's almost like the project doesn't stack up to 21st century needs...
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Re: Gold Coast Coomera Connector
« Reply #44 on: May 04, 2021, 10:56:42 AM »
Spend the $$$ on straightening/quadruplication of Kuraby-Beenleigh instead!

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« Reply #45 on: May 05, 2021, 03:57:27 PM »
Gold Coast Bulletin --> Explosive letter claims Coomera Connector community consultation a sham $

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A senior ex-member of the Coomera Connector community consultation group has written a scathing letter to Transport Minister Mark Bailey, accusing the department of being “unethical” and “manipulating” findings.

The Bulletin can reveal Mark Hunter, a leading public speaker and former school principal, has resigned in protest.

He hoped all members could have met as a group and voted in a formal matter on issues like lowering speed on the $1.53 billion first stage of the new highway.

“But I was hobnailed, they just refused to let that happen,” he said.

“I thought it was unethical behaviour on behalf of a department to manipulate a reference group that way.” ...

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Re: Gold Coast Coomera Connector
« Reply #46 on: May 05, 2021, 08:37:07 PM »
So similar to CRR…. :frs: Do we actually expect anything different from this government?

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« Reply #47 on: May 06, 2021, 04:31:48 AM »
Gold Coast Bulletin --> Revealed: Speed limits, number of lanes and noise concerns about new Coast highway $

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THE first stage of the $1.53 billion Coomera Connector will be reduced from six to four lanes in some sections, according to a new report.

The Bulletin can reveal the highway’s varying width is one of 20 key facts about the building of the second M1, after the Transport and Main Roads Department (TMR) released a report from working with a community reference group. ...
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Re: Gold Coast Coomera Connector
« Reply #48 on: May 06, 2021, 07:41:15 AM »
Couriermail Quest --> Coomera Connector protesters target Environment Minister $

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Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon has justified building a second M1 through koala habitat, after a group of residents launched a protest outside her Gold Coast office.

Ms Scanlon said there had been overwhelming support for the six-lane Coomera Connector from the Gold Coast to Brisbane, despite environmentalists’ claims it would plough through 98 hectares of koala habitat and the significant Eagleby Wetlands.

She said independent experts had identified the route with the least impact on properties and the environment and said the highway’s northern section would not affect RAMSAR wetlands north of the Logan River. ...

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« Reply #49 on: August 10, 2021, 12:43:36 AM »
Gold Coast Bulletin -->  Delays on the Coomera Connector to add to M1 congestion $

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THE only vehicles likely to be on the Coomera Connector for its planned opening date of 2024 are bulldozers because of major delays to construction, the Opposition warns.

The Palaszczuk government is expected to be grilled during Transport Estimates hearings on Tuesday about the time line for the $1.5bn highway.

Transport and Main Roads director-general Neil Scales told last year’s Estimates hearing that cars would be on the second M1 “in stages from 2024”.

But this year’s State Budget papers show only $115m is being provided to begin construction of the first stage between ­Nerang and Coomera.

The Opposition will target the government on the slow burn spend, with $650m allocated for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 budgets. City councillors were told at a briefing late last year that work would begin on the six-lane highway in mid-2021. ...
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Re: Gold Coast Coomera Connector
« Reply #50 on: September 15, 2021, 10:57:47 AM »
https://documents.parliament.qld.gov.au/events/han/2021/2021_09_14_DAILY.pdf

Queensland Parliament

Questions Without Notice

Coomera Connector

Mr KING: My question is to the Minister for Transport and Main Roads. Will the minister update
the House on how works are progressing on the Coomera Connector project?

Mr BAILEY: I thank the member for Kurwongbah who, despite being a northsider, is a great
supporter of the Coomera Connector. I am happy to report to the House that early works are underway
on the Coomera Connector—or the second M1 as it is well known. This is a project where this
government secured the corridor and gazetted all three sections after it was blocked by those opposite.
Once fully built—when all stages are built—it will be 45 kilometres of new roadway in one of the fastest
growing corridors in the country. Drill rigs are on site and boots are on the ground for the second M1
under this government where there is $1.5 billion allocated to it by both this government and the federal
government on a fifty-fifty basis. It would be a lot more advanced if it had not been blocked by the
Newman government.

Mr Minnikin interjected.

Mr BAILEY: We know that they did not want it in any of the regional planning. Not only did they
have an appalling record in power, but in opposition at the last election they proposed a puny
six-kilometre version that was less than half of the commitment of 16 kilometres of new roadway—the
Coomera Connecter—by this government. They are selling out the Gold Coast once again. That is the
policy of those opposite. They blocked it. We gazetted it. We are going to build it.
We saw the member for Bonney complaining that we were buying land to build the project. Last
time I noticed, you need land to build a road. A normal part of any road project is purchasing of the land
that is required. Our record here is clear: the second M1 is underway because of this Premier and this
government and our commitment to the Gold Coast. We are committed to the M1 upgrades that can be
seen: massive works on the southern end, massive works on the M1 interchanges. We are building
light rail. It only happens under Labor governments, not under those opposite. Their record in power is
they ignored the M1—not a single new dollar on the M1. They blocked the second M1. Nothing
happened on light rail. Nothing happened on heavy rail. They cut Cross River Rail. We are building
three new Gold Coast stations because of Cross River Rail because we believe in the Gold Coast and
those people who live there.

Mr Mickelberg interjected.

Mr BAILEY: Look at our record and look at the record of those opposite. It is appalling. To this
day they have a uncoordinated plan down the coast. They want a light rail along an obscure backwater
route that would mean no heavy rail ever to the Gold Coast Airport. We know the member for Burleigh
dictates policy on transport, not the member for Chatsworth. That is why they make no sense. You will
get more infrastructure from us; you will just get cuts from them.

Mr SPEAKER: Member for Chatsworth, member for Buderim, you are both warned under the
standing orders. You have been interjecting consistently.
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