Time to act on our transport needs

Few issues have as significant an impact on our day-to-day life, including how we structure our day, as those associated with transport. The time we leave for work, the route we take, the stresses we endure and ultimately the time we have to spend with family and friends are all impacted in one way or another by transport issues.

With Redland City Council having recently released its draft City Plan and the State Government to review its State Infrastructure Plan, the time is right for an in-depth discussion about finding solutions to the Redlands’ current and future transport issues.

Commitment and cooperation from all levels of government will be critical to solving the Redlands’ transport issues, but first a community discussion informed by the users – the mums and dads, workers and commuters – is necessary to ensure the decision makes have a clear view of what the real issues are.

As your community newspaper the Redland City Bulletin is excited to be at the forefront of a community conversation in partnership with Redland City Council and the Department of Transport and Main

Roads. This conversation will help residents share their concerns, voice their ideas and, importantly, be informed by some of the country’s leading thinkers on the transport and infrastructure issues facing cities around the world.

The conversation we start today, which will continue with a series of forums in November, should generate plenty of feedback and ideas which will back the Redlands’ case for improved transport infrastructure and services. The Redland City Bulletin encourages residents to be involved in a positive way by sharing their experiences and opinions.

Whether you are concerned about a lack of local jobs, congested roads, the quality of public transport service or access to shops and services, this is an opportunity to get your message across to ensure the solutions are aimed at the problems rather than simply a band-aid over the symptoms.

Originally published in The Redland City Bulletin 21/10/15.

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