A NEW arterial road linking the growing area north of Brisbane to the Gateway Motorway could be the best solution for solving congestion on the Bruce Highway.
The proposed North-South Urban Arterial has long been talked about but the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) this week confirmed it was still on the agenda, but would not say how high it ranked.
The planned road would run east of the Bruce Highway between Caboolture-Bribie Island Road and the Pine River, through the suburbs of North Lakes, Mango Hill and Griffin.
A TMR spokesman said Moreton Bay Regional Council had completed concept planning for the proposed corridor between Anzac Ave and Dohles Rocks Rd, while TMR was planning for the future North South Urban Arterial (NSUA) to link over the Pine River to the Gateway.
“They (MBRC) will construct the first carriageway of the NSUA as further development of the Griffin area proceeds,” the spokesman said.
“Following on from the Anzac Ave and Dohles Rocks Rd section, we are undertaking planning for a future NSUA on the eastern side of the Bruce Highway between Anzac Avenue and the Gateway Motorway to complete the link.”
Commuters have called for the link to the Gateway in a bid to ease congestion on the Bruce Highway.
RACQ executive manager public policy Michael Roth said he expected the NSUA would not be high on the agenda before the Gateway Upgrade North Project between Nudgee and the Deagon Deviation was completed in 2018.
But he argued it would increasingly gain attention from frustrated motorists stuck on the highway.
“It is a long-term solution. If the North Lakes and Redcliffe area continues to grow it is important to have an alternative to support the Bruce Highway,” Mr Roth said.
TMR agreed the North-South Urban Arterial was an option to solve congestion on the Bruce Highway, with its own figures estimating traffic will increase from about 100,000 each day at present to 160,000 using the highway between Boundary and Deception Bay roads by 2026.
“This would serve a rapidly developing urban area and preserve the utility of the Bruce Highway without directly connecting it to this NSUA link,” the spokesman said.
“Any future funding for the project will be subject to competing priorities.”
This comes as Stockland is about to start work on its final section of the North-South Arterial Rd between Discovery Drive and Endeavour Blvd, including a bridge over Copeland Drive.
Construction will start in the next few weeks and should be finished in 2016.
Stockland senior development manager Adam Renai said the 1.5km $11 million final stage would be completed in about nine months, linking the North-South Arterial the entire length from Boundary Rd to Anzac Ave.
Councillor Julie Greer (Div 4) said the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) was responsible for planning anything south of Anzac Ave but supported locals’ calls for the North-South Arterial Rd to continue and become the North-South Urban Arterial, which would eventually meet with the Gateway.
“Such a road link would assist to ease the delays and congestion being experienced on existing arterials such as the Bruce Highway and Anzac Ave at Mango Hill,” Cr Greer said.
Moreton Bay Rail Line shared pedestrian & cycle path
The State Government has been called upon to open a shared pedestrian and cycle path to make-up for the major signalling delays on the new Moreton Bay Rail Line.
“We are hoping they will open the shared pathway so the people can … use something that should already be open,” Mango Hill Progress Assoc President Laurence Christie said.
“It would go some way to relieving the disappointment,” he said.
A spokeswoman for Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said: “The minister has requested the Department of Transport and Main Roads investigate opportunities to open the bikeway in advance of the rail line opening.”
Residents in Mango Hill, and North Lakes said they wanted to use the pathway to cycle to Petrie Station and to access the schools on the line.
Original article published at www.couriermail.com.au by Jamie-Leigh Mason, North Lakes Times 4/6/16
Brisbane’s new state-of-the-art private cancer centre
Northlakes, north of Brisbane is now home to Australia’s first private integrated cancer centre
The Icon Integrated Cancer Centre combines a 15-chair day hospital, two radiation therapy units and an on-site pharmacy.
The doors were opened to the centre at North Lakes, between Brisbane’s CBD and the Sunshine Coast, yesterday.
All treatments, including haematological, chemotherapy, radiation or a combination, are delivered on the site.
Icon Group chief executive Mark Middleton said the centre had the capacity to deliver treatments to 15,000 patients per year.
“From the start, the patient and their needs are first,” he said.
“The integrated centre approach means we are working as one team, supporting the patient and the result is a comprehensive service delivered by familiar faces who understand the individual needs of their patients.”
North Lakes is the first of three integrated centres operated by the Icon Group, a private specialised cancer care organisation.
The group plans to open another in Melbourne in mid-June 2017 and a third in Canberra, expected to open in late 2017.
Original article published at www.couriermail.com.au by Amelia Broadstock, North Lakes Times 27/5/16
North Lakes and Mango Hill Police Station has its first female acting officer-in-charge
NORTH Lakes/Mango Hill Police Station has its first female police officer leading the station, since it opened in 2009.
Senior Sergeant Kate Pausina joined the North Lakes crew last week as acting officer-in-charge after an impressive resume in the blue uniform.
Since she was sworn in to the service in 1999, Sen-Sgt Pausina has spent time in juvenile justice, child sex offences, Coroner’s Office, intelligence and strategy, road safety and, most recently, acting officer-in-charge at Albany Creek Police Station.
“I always wanted to join the police, but my mum wouldn’t let me,” Sen-Sgt said. “So, instead, I studied nursing and was a registered nurse for four years before I decided to do what I really wanted to.”
Sen-Sgt Pausina said her mum was unhappy at first but had since become her biggest supporter, along with her police officer husband and their two children.
Sen-Sgt Pausina last year completed her Masters of Suicidology – the prevention of suicide.
“That is something I am really passionate about,” she said.
“In the Coroner’s Office, you see the number of suicides is three times the number of road fatalities. And it is a preventable death.”
Sen-Sgt Pausina said she fondly remembered her first stint at the Pine Rivers Police District. She was based at Petrie from 2000 to 2003, and visited Mango Hill. “Mango Hill was just that – bushland and mango trees,” she said.
“There is a lot coming up in this area – major shopping developments, major infrastructure like the rail and, with that, a lot more people visiting the area.”
Originally Published On: http://www.couriermail.com.au/
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