A public forum giving the local community the last chance to air concerns about the Bruce Hwy and Caloundra Rd interchange upgrades has today been set for Saturday, 12th December, Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle announced.
It comes as the Regional Director from the Department of Main Roads confirmed she will attend and present at the forum.
Main Roads will update the community on the project and accept the tabling of project issues from Mr McArdle to include in the stakeholder register, which the two shortlisted tenderers must take into consideration when compiling final designs for the project.
“This forum is crucial for local businesses, action groups and residents impacted by this upgrade to attend,” Mr McArdle said.
“I am calling on the local community to also put their concerns in writing to my office as soon as possible.
“Many businesses at the Aussie World precinct are concerned about the removal of direct access and a number of environmentalists are very worried about the impact to the Beerwah State Forest.
“This is our last chance to send a clear message to the tenderers to ensure they get the final design right.”
Earlier this month Main Roads announced the two shortlisted tenderers for the project were Fulton Hogan/Seymour Whyte Joint Venture and The Infrastructure Group.
Mr McArdle extended the invitation to both tenderers to attend the forum, however Main Roads advised neither were permitted to discuss the project with stakeholders during this phase of the tender process and would therefore not be attending.
“I am disappointed the tenderers will not be able to hear first-hand from the local community the real issues and concerns regarding this upgrade, however I thank the Regional Director for ensuring Main Roads will be attending and accepting final concerns in the stakeholder register before it closes,” Mr McArdle said.
Details of the forum are as follows:
When: Saturday, 12th December, 9-11am
Where: CCSA Hall, 1 Nutley St, Caloundra
The public is welcome to attend however to reserve a seat please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject Bruce Highway and Caloundra Interchange Upgrades Forum.
The tenderers have until late March to present their offer, with an award of contract expected mid 2016. Construction is expected to commence late 2016.
For more information visit: http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/brucehwycaloundra2sunshinemwy