Member for Gaven Dr Alex Douglas MP has questioned how Nerang will cope with 2000 people being bussed into Nerang National Park during the one-day mountain biking competition at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Details of people being bussed on shuttles from park and ride locations and heavy rail stations, as well as riding their bicycles, have been released in the Transport Strategy Plan draft for public consultation until September 23.
“I’m worried that Nerang and surrounds will become grid-lock on day eight, April 12, of the competition when the mountain bike event will be held in the national park,” Dr Douglas said today.
“The draft lists the venue as having a capacity of 2000 people but I’m concerned with getting that number of people into such a small area in a residential area.
“Along with many others, I’ve always said the event should have been at Hinze Day where access would be easier.
“Transport will be crucial to getting spectators to the mountain biking but I also question about the day to day traffic through Nerang, which after all is one of the busiest thoroughfares of people accessing the Gold Coast from Canungra, Beaudesert and the Hinterland.
“I’ve already had people upset about the noise and disturbance to wildlife in the National Park, as well as adjoining neighbours who are concerned about their lifestyles being disturbed, but now they will also have to contend with 2000 people on one day.
“I’d advise community members to provide feedback on the transport plan by September 23.” Details are available at www.gc2018.com or they can post their views to PO Box 8177, Gold Coast Mail Centre, 9726.