About 80 local residents braved the cold weather to attend a local community forum at the Pacific Lutheran College last night.
Member for Kawana Jarrod Bleijie hosted the forum in conjunction with the Parklands Community Group and the Kawana Forest Residents Association.
The forum focused on the proposed energex infrastructure in the region, with an update also provided on plans for nearby sand extraction as well as local road infrastructure.
Mr Bleijie said it was important that residents were fully informed about proposed infrastructure and plans for their local community and were given an opportunity to express their views.
“The proposed energex infrastructure and possible alternate routes and alignments proved to be the most popular issue for debate on the evening,” Mr Bleijie said.
“Energex representatives were in attendance and provided information about what is planned for the region and field various questions from the audience.
“I understand that the Kawana Forest Residents Association will continue to pursue alternate options with Energex in the interest of the safety of residents in their community.
“The initial consultation period will close in September and overall consultation is expected to be by December.
“A brief update from Council on the sand extraction plans in the region also provided residents with an opportunity to ask questions and seek clarification.
“There was almost full support for a motion to increase the speed limit of Caloundra Road from 80 km/h to 100 km/h particularly between the Racecourse Road interchange and Kawana Way (Link Road),” Mr Bleijie said.
Following the meeting, Mr Bleijie has started a parliamentary petition calling on the Department of Main Roads to investigate an increase to the speed limit. If you would like to sign the petition please contact the Office of Jarrod Bleijie MP on (07) 5478 1189.
Mr Bleijie also informed residents that the 100km/h road from the roundabout on Caloundra Road to Woodlands Boulevard, Kawana Forest is officially known as the Kawana Way (Link Road).
Confusion has been rife since the opening of the road. It is noted in some street directories as Corbould Way and some as Caloundra-Mooloolaba Road.
“I have now made representations to Main Roads to contact all street directory companies to notify them of the official road name of Kawana Way (Link Road) to end the confusion.”
“For more information on the proposed energex infrastructure in the region, residents can contact me on (07) 5478 1189,” Mr Bleijie said.