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Coomera Connector

Overview:

The Coomera Connector is a future state-controlled north–south corridor between Loganholme and Nerang, east of the Pacific Motorway (M1).

The corridor is wide enough for up to 6 traffic lanes and is expected to include provision for public transport and paths for walking and bike riding. It will provide more transport capacity to support the rapidly growing residential and business communities in the northern Gold Coast and neighbouring Logan.

Stage 1 of the Coomera Connector has been identified as the southern section between Coomera and Nerang. 

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Location:

The complete gazetted corridor extends for 45km between the Logan Motorway and Pacific Motorway interchange at Loganholme and Nerang–Broadbeach Road in Nerang. The gazetted Coomera Connector corridor also includes provision for a local road connection from the Coomera Connector at Eagleby to the intersection of Beenleigh–Redland Bay Road and Mount Cotton Road, at Carbrook.

Completion:

Timelines for construction have not been confirmed. A reference design for Stage 1 and a business case will be developed during 2020. Government approval of the business case and commitment of funding is required before construction of Stage 1 can start.

Benefits:

The Coomera Connector is expected to:

  1. relieve pressure on the M1 by providing more route choices for local traffic and additional crossings of the Logan, Albert, Coomera and Nerang Rivers
  2. provide improved connections and accessibility to more transport options on the northern Gold Coast
  3. improve travel time between Brisbane and the Gold Coast by reducing the number of local trips on the M1
  4. increase safety on the M1 by reducing congestion and potential queuing on the M1
  5. provide more reliable travel times between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Funding:

The project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments with $20 million committed to undertake transport planning studies for the Loganholme to Nerang corridor in the Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program 2019-20 to 2022-23.

Regions:

South Coast Region

Project info

Current planning

Stage 1: Coomera to Nerang
The southern section of Coomera Connector between Coomera and Nerang has been identified as the priority section that will be built first.

More than 210,000 vehicles now regularly use the M1 south of the Coomera River, including 75% of vehicles that enter the M1 at Pimpama (Exit 49) and Coomera (Exit 54) and then exit the motorway at, or before Smith Street (Exit 66).

Stage 1 of the Coomera Connector will provide an additional crossing of the Coomera and Nerang Rivers, securing its future as a key new route.

A reference design for Stage 1 and a business case is being developed during 2020.

Community consultation

Community consultation on the Coomera Connector was held between 8 November and 8 December 2019.

The consultation program included a series of 10 community drop in sessions along the 45km project corridor, plus online engagement activities.

There was significant interest from the community with 3,200 visits to the website, more than 2,000 people visiting the community drop in sessions to talk to the project team, and 700 pieces of feedback received.

A telephone survey of 1,000 residents and businesses revealed 4 out of 5 people in the project corridor area support the introduction of the Coomera Connector.

View the Coomera Connector community consultation summary report.

Coomera Connector Stage 1 animated concepts

A series of animated concepts for Stage 1 have been developed to show what the Coomera Connector may look like when constructed:

Coomera River


Concept video showing what the planned Coomera Connector road may look like when constructed in the vicinity of the Coomera River, including an overpass at Hope Island Road. 

Helensvale


Concept video showing what the planned Coomera Connector road may look like when constructed in the vicinity of the Helensvale including how the new road is positioned in relation to the Helensvale transit hub.

Parkwood


Concept video showing what the planned Coomera Connector road may look like when constructed in the vicinity of the Parkwood, including an overpass at the Smith Street Motorway near the Parkwood light rail station.

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC) referral — invitation for public comment

The Stage 1 Coomera Connector project EPBC referral is open for public comment until 16 June 2020.

To view and comment on the Stage 1 Coomera Connector project EPBC referral, visit the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment website.

Survey works

To inform the reference design and business case for Stage 1, the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is conducting survey works throughout the Stage 1 Coomera Connector corridor (between Coomera and Nerang).

Geotechnical investigations and traffic surveys were completed in early 2020. However, with lower traffic volumes currently on the road network, noise and air monitoring will be delayed until traffic volumes return to normal.

Koala movement pathway monitoring

Recognising the significance of koala populations in the northern Gold Coast, TMR has engaged Griffith University to undertake monitoring of koala movement pathways near Coombabah Creek at Helensvale.

The project, being led by Professor Darryl Jones, will provide baseline data on koala movements in the area and will inform the design of the Coombabah Creek Bridge structure for the Coomera Connector.

Background

The Coomera Connector (formerly known as the Intra Regional Transport Corridor) will be a key link in an expanded road transport network between Loganholme and the Gold Coast where residential and business communities are growing rapidly.

Since the 1990s, the corridor has been identified in various public planning documents, such as published street directories, regional transport plans, planning studies and City of Gold Coast planning schemes. A joint 2015 study between the department and the City of Gold Coast confirmed the corridor is a future strategic transport link that will relieve traffic congestion on the M1 and surrounding local roads.

The Coomera Connector was gazetted in 3 sections:

  1. The Nerang to Coomera section was formally confirmed in the Queensland Government Gazette on 18 March 2016.
  2. The Coomera to Stapylton section was formally confirmed in the Queensland Government Gazette on 12 May 2017.
  3. The Stapylton to Loganholme section was formally confirmed in the Queensland Government Gazette on 15 March 2019.

Formal confirmation of the corridor in the Queensland Government Gazette allows the corridor to be protected from new development and provides certainty for property owners, business and residential communities on the northern Gold Coast.

All property owners directly impacted by the gazettal of the corridor have been advised during the planning stage. TMR continues to liaise with property owners when dealing with land sales and development applications. Early acquisition of properties by the department may occur in some circumstances.

Contact details

For more information about the Coomera Connector, contact the project team during business hours. 

Email CoomeraConnector@tmr.qld.gov.au
Phone:  07 5563 6600 (business hours only 8:30am–5pm, Monday–Friday)

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Last updated
05 June 2020
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