NUMBERS: CBRE Sunshine Coast's Brendan Robins and Rem Rafter.
NUMBERS: CBRE Sunshine Coast's Brendan Robins and Rem Rafter.

Property guru calls for end to transport games

ONE of the region’s leading commercial property experts fears future prosperity will be jeopardised if public transport solutions can’t be found.

CBRE Sunshine Coast managing director Rem Rafter said unprecedented growth and an infrastructure pipeline worth billions of dollars was all in jeopardy if dithering over public transport solutions continued.

The 40-year local resident said the current transport infrastructure simply couldn’t keep up with the rapid population growth.

His views were noted in CBRE’s annual Viewpoint Sunshine Coast report prepared by Mr Rafter and his colleague, Brendan Robins.

Mr Rafter said it was time to stop “playing the blame game” and start to determine how to best fast-track transport infrastructure projects.

“We’ve been talking about these issues for decades and in the main, getting nowhere,” he said.

“We need a transport system that will meet the needs of the community and foster economic profitability and sustainability – and we need it now.

“Our main vehicle roads such as Nicklin Way, Caloundra Rd and around the Maroochydore CBD are groaning in peak times.”

Despite the inadequacies in the transport system, Mr Rafter’s report still painted a glowing picture of the region’s prospects, with population set to swell by almost 100,000 in seven years.

SunCentral Maroochydore project director Mark Salmon said a mass transit system linking major tourism, business and residential nodes was an “important factor’ in the success of the new city centre project.

“The Maroochydore city centre project being part of the Sunshine Coast Principal Regional Activity Centre has been planned to provide retail, commercial and residential densities serviced by access to Mass Transit and heavy passenger rail systems,” he said.

“Corridors for Mass Transit and for heavy passenger rail have been set aside in the planning for the city centre. Efficient Mass Transit and heavy passenger rail systems can be a catalyst for increased commercial, retail and residential investment in the city centre and across the region.