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Cancel the Coomera Connector (Second M1) Project

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Tom Andraszek
PO Box 423

Total Signatures - 657

Sponsoring Member: The Clerk of the Parliament

Posting Date: 20/09/2019

Closing Date: 10/11/2019

Tabled Date: 26/11/2019

Responded By: Hon Mark Bailey MP on 6/01/2020

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House the multiple negative effects of the planned 6-lane Gold Coast - Brisbane motorway known as Coomera Connector or Second M1:
Congestion and Cost: Second M1 would temporarily reduce congestion on M1, but create congestion elsewhere, triggering works adding billions to this $2.4B project. Induced demand would eventually bring 75% more cars from the other city.
Wildlife: Destruction of Eagleby Wetlands and Koala habitats in Pimpama, Coomera, Helensvale, Arundel, Ashmore. Eagleby is surrounded by acid sulphate soils, which when disturbed can cause fish kills and other problems.
Quality of Life, Health and Wealth: For tens of thousands of residents along the route: noise, air pollution from burning of fuel, wearing of tyres, brakes, road surface. Lower property values.
Climate Crisis: Millions of tons of extra CO2 over the life of the project.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to cancel the Coomera Connector project and shift the money towards improving public transport between Gold Coast and Brisbane; to move more people, not cars.
To reduce road congestion, the State should expand the rail network and make services more frequent and faster. Train stations should be residential, commercial and business hubs. Safe cycleway networks should provide additional access to train stations and schools. Bus stops should be within a 10-minute walk for all city residents. Feeder electric buses should run when the trains run, removing the need for more parking at train stations. Commuting by public transport should be cheaper than driving.