The proposed MMTC plans for the future transport needs on the Sunshine Coast and proposes to:
- include a high-speed, arterial-standard road designed to reduce travel times between Caloundra, Mooloolaba and Maroochydore and reduce congestion on Nicklin Way
- include a new rail line between Creekside and Maroochy Boulevard, which is part of the Caboolture to Maroochydore Corridor Study (CAMCOS) railway link between Beerwah and Maroochydore
- improve public transport links by integrating road, rail, bus, pedestrian and cycle infrastructure
- enhance access to the Sunshine Coast's major commercial, residential, educational, health and sporting developments.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads will be updating the community of recent strategic planning in early 2010.
The southern section of Caloundra-Mooloolaba Road
(Caloundra Road to Creekside Boulevard)
The state government allocated $75 million to construct the southern section of Caloundra-Mooloolaba Road, between Caloundra Road and Creekside Boulevard. Work is now finished and the road was officially opened on 16 April 2009.
This section will initially provide access to Creekside Boulevard and Woodlands Boulevard. There will not be direct access to Mooloolaba on this section, however when the final section of Kawana Way is constructed in late 2009, the southern section of Caloundra-Mooloolaba Road will link to Kawana Way at Creekside Boulevard.
Planning for the MMTC from Creekside Boulevard to the Sunshine Motorway
The department is well underway with planning for the remainder of the MMTC from Creekside Boulevard to the Sunshine Motorway. The department has engaged consulting firms PB and Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) to assist with the project. PB is assisting with detailed planning from Creekside to Main Drive at Kawana Town Centre while SKM is assisting with planning north of Main Drive.
Creekside to Kawana Town Centre section of the MMTC
Detailed planning is currently underway for the Creekside interchange and temporary connection to Kawana Town Centre.
The Creekside interchange will ultimately provide connections to the proposed Creekside rail station and access to Kawana Way, Creekside Boulevard, Woodlands Boulevard and Caloundra–Mooloolaba Road.
Key features of the Creekside Interchange
The Creekside Interchange proposes:
- access to local and major road networks including Kawana Way, Creekside Boulevard and Caloundra–Mooloolaba Road
- access to the future Creekside rail station, Park 'n' Ride facilities and bus connections
- access to the Kawana Town Centre and to the proposed Sunshine Coast University Hospital on Kawana Way
- dedicated off street pedestrian pathways and bikeway access to link Creekside Boulevard and the rail station with Woodlands Boulevard including Kawana Forest and Pacific Lutheran College
- possible future road connections to Meridan Way.
Creekside interchange preferred layout
Key features of the Kawana Town Centre Interchange
The Kawana Town Centre Interchange proposes:
- connections to the Kawana Town Centre and Lake Kawana Boulevard
- connection to Nicklin Way via Lake Kawana Boulevard
- priority access to Sunshine Coast University Hospital for emergency services
- access to Kawana Town Centre rail station, Kiss ‘n’ Ride facilities and bus connections
- pedestrian pathways and bikeway access to the rail station
- connection to possible future bikeway links along Kawana Way.
Kawana Town Centre Interchange draft layout
Kawana Town Centre to the Sunshine Motorway
Concept planning is progressing for the section of MMTC from Kawana Town Centre to the Sunshine Motorway. The project team are exploring many options for the alignment of the road and rail in this area. To facilitate transport needs between Mooloolaba and Maroochydore, the MMTC planning includes options to connect the Mooloolah River Interchange through the Buderim-Mooloolaba Interchange to Maroochy Boulevard Interchange.
A concept of the ultimate Mooloolah River Interchange as well as planning options for the eastern and western rail alignments were displayed in November 2008.
Mooloolah River Interchange
Strategic planning investigations into the 1.8 km corridor section from Parrearra to the Mooloolah River Interchange have determined the Cabinet-endorsed river crossing as the preferred route.
This route is subject to federal approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999).
Alignment Assessment Report
Approved under Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999) (EPBC Act)
The proposed corridor between Creekside Boulevard at Currimundi and Maroochy Boulevard at Maroochydore was referred to the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA) for assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
The public was provided with the opportunity to comment on documents submitted to DEWHA detailing the environmental impacts triggered under this Act and the proposed management measures to be undertaken. These documents were displayed from 10 May 2010 to 4 June 2010.
One submission was received and following assessment of this, the department provided a detailed response to DEWHA for further consideration. This was available for public viewing from 12 July to 6 August 2010.
On September 2010, DEWHA granted approval for the project to proceed in accordance with the environmental management practices outlined in the department's referral.