Member for Gaven Dr Alex Douglas MP is concerned traffic snarls along the Broadbeach-Nerang Rd from the Pacific Motorway exit to Nerang Railway Station during peak periods will impact on the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
During a debate on Major Events in State Parliament, Dr Douglas said these issues needed to be ironed out before the Games, else there would be critical delays to events being held at Metricon Stadium, Carrara and Nerang.
“There is queuing on the Nerang-Broadbeach Rd from about 2.30 pm till 6 pm everyday and the reality is, as a major thoroughfare, that no-one has talked about doing anything to the road,” he said.
Dr Douglas listed the traffic snarls on both the Nerang-Broadbeach Rd and Pacific Motorway adjacent to the Nerang and Smith St exits, lack of public transport in Nerang and Carrara, the lack of connectivity between the light rail and Brisbane-Gold Coast rail and the lack of NBN as major issues facing organisers of the Commonwealth Games.
He has placed a question on notice in Parliament to the Transport and Main Roads Minister, asking what will be done to address the traffic snarls on the Nerang-Broadbeach Rd.
“The mountain bike competition is being held in the Nerang State Forest, but the reality is that the area is very limited in terms of parking and transport,” Dr Douglas said.
“Organisers are projecting crowds of at least 2,000 in the forest, but there is no effective bus service to move any of these people around, as buses stop running mid-afternoon and no weekend services.
“That is not to say there will not be shuttle buses during the Commonwealth Games, but before the games start there will be large numbers of people using these areas and we have to be able to move them from point to point.
“I have written to the Federal Communication Minister twice about the lack of NBN in these areas, particularly during the Games when everyone will want to use the internet.
“I’m particularly concerned that the lack of NBN will impact poorly on the Games which includes many events in this electorate including the opening and closing ceremonies.
“The Gold Coast has a population of more 750,000 people and 12 million tourists annually. If the Federal government is looking for growth in these markets, these types of services would seem to be mandatory.
“Our region will be on show and we need to be able to provide connectivity to an international standard. It is not satisfactory to say we are intending to do nothing. “