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Published On: Thu, Mar 20th, 2014

Coomera in M1 Upgrade Bottleneck

Coomera residents want better access from the M1, which may be tied to a long-awaited major local development.

The Gold Coast City Council (GCCC) Planning Committee has given the green light for the first stage of the $500 million, 93,000 square metre Coomera Town Centre that was first mooted 18 years ago.

The committee has recommended a development permit and preliminary approval be granted for The Coomera Town Centre development

However the State Government has put a 20,000 square metre size limit on the development until an upgrade of the Foxwell Road Interchange (Exit 54) on the M1 to prevent traffic congestion.

Residents say the exit upgrade is overdue and traffic currently bottlenecks extensively during peak hours.
Calls have been made for the exit to be expanded before it gets worse and whether or not the development goes ahead.
GCCC Acting Mayor Donna Gates says the project will include a shopping centre development, cinema, fast food premises, tavern, and nightclub.

In a statement, Councillor Gates says the approval was welcome news, especially for northern suburbs residents.
“This development will in the long term be a tremendous boost for the immediate community in terms of the provision of much needed retail and services, as well as potential job creation for the city,” she said.

State funding talks

The State Member for Coomera Michael Crandon says the northern suburb of Coomera needs a town centre, not a shopping complex.

Mr Crandon says there are no state funds for that work but council approval could that lead to innovative solutions to the funding problem.

“It may very well be that we are talking about for the time being developer funding for Exit 54 with perhaps at some time in the future a reimbursement of some of those funds,” he said.

“I mean the developer does have a responsibility to pay something towards Exit 54 in its own right.”

Queensland Transport Minister Scott Emerson says roadworks to accommodate a town centre at Coomera could cost up to $100 million.

Mr Emerson says discussions are underway.
“As part of their development application it was made very clear if they want the size of development they are talking about they would need to make a contribution,” he said.
“We are doing the right thing we are having talks to them about them about what their contribution would be but also have talks with them about what the size of their contribution would be to get it up to scratch.”

Federal application

The Federal Member for Forde Bert Van Manen is seeking federal funding for roadworks at Upper Coomera.

Mr Van Manen says he’s pursuing the issue with federal, state and local politicians, including the Member for Fadden Stuart Robert.

“Both he and I recently met with the Federal Infrastructure Minister and we have jointly written to the State Minister asking that they put an application in to put exit 54 put on an infrastructure funding list so Stuart and I can seek to get the funding to get this project happening.”

The recommendation will be put to the next GCCC meeting on March 25 for a final decision.

Published on ABC News

About the Author

- Glenn Batten is the Principal Licensee of First National Real Estate Upper Coomera which provides residential property sales and property management services throughout the Northern Growth Corridor suburbs of Upper Coomera, Coomera, Pimpama, Willow Vale, Ormeau and Oxenford.

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