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17th June 2022

A plan to improve parking and pedestrian safety in Palmwoods is taking shape with works starting in the coming months.

Locals were invited to have their say between April and May this year on a revised concept design for improvements on Margaret Street, Palmwoods.

Key features of the proposal included a car parking area in the centre of the road with wider than standard bays, a new pedestrian crossing near Rick's Garage, a raised speed platform and a U-turn facility.

The $1m project is funded under the Australian Government's Road Safety Program with the Commonwealth Government contributing $800,000 and the Queensland Government contributing $200,000.

Construction is expected to start in the next 12 months and take about two months to complete, weather permitting.

In addition to this work, an assessment is underway for potential upgrades to the Jubilee Drive and Chevallum Road intersections.

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Quotes attributable to Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey:

“The Palaszczuk Government is a government that delivers for all of Queensland, from the cape to the coast.

“Whether it’s for cyclists, pedestrians, or drivers, we’re committed to building the infrastructure Queenslanders want and need.

“This is all thanks to our $27.5 billion road and transport plan, supporting 27,000 jobs over four years.

“Our investment is helping deliver upgraded interchanges and extra lanes on the Bruce Highway which will go a long way towards helping Sunny Coast locals get home safer and sooner.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Nicklin Rob Skelton:

“On the Sunshine Coast, we continue to reap the benefits of strong investments in roads and public transport investment with nearly $3 billion being delivered over four years.

“It’s through this investment that we are demonstrating the commitment to safer roads from north Brisbane to the north coast, paving our way towards zero fatalities and serious injuries by 2050.

“Building better pedestrian facilities will contribute to greater compliance with the 40km/h speed limit, improve safety and connectivity for pedestrians, and provide 12 more car parking spaces and five motorbike spaces in the area.

"Around two-thirds of people who participated in the recent consultation indicated their support for the revised proposal, with feedback being used to help finalise the design process.”
"The community was initially invited to provide input on a proposal which identified a series of potential locations for pedestrian improvements in Palmwoods," he said.

"Through this consultation, we saw overwhelming support for an upgrade near Rick's Garage and concerns about the limited car parking prompted other solutions to be explored.

"I'd like to thank the almost 400 people who had their say and played a key part in the design process between December last year and January this year.

"I feel the outcome will be a real improvement for the community and look forward to seeing it come to fruition."

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