Options to improve North Stradbroke Island public transport
Public transport is critical for making North Stradbroke Island accessible to visitors and supporting liveability for island residents.
The North Stradbroke Island Public Transport Study is researching, identifying and evaluating the feasibility of options to improve public transport infrastructure, services and connections on the island and to the neighbouring mainland, including ferry (water taxi and barges), bus, rail, taxi and personalised transport.
The study is looking at what is and isn't working, as well as identifying new ideas that could help the island become more accessible to both residents and tourists. As part of the study, the Department of Transport and Main Roads is investigating more sustainable travel options to enable people to commute to and from the island more efficiently and create additional opportunities for the local economy.
The study is:
- analysing current transport providers, including but not limited to ferries (water taxi and barges), buses, rail, taxi, personalised transport and tour operators
- determining current usage, prices, availability, service gaps and potential future usage
- exploring the feasibility of additional or amended service offerings
- providing recommendations on feasible opportunities.
Department of Transport and Main Roads
- Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
- Department of Innovation, Tourism, Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games
- Queensland Treasury
- Redland City Council
- Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation
- Straddie Chamber of Commerce
- Private transport operators
Expected economic benefits
Ensure that future improvements made to the public transport network, including private-sector investments, are based on sound planning principles, informed decisions and are economically sustainable.
A more functional public transport system that will help expand the island’s economy through:
- opportunities for existing transport business operations to grow
- attraction of new transport-related businesses
- assisting existing business operations
- potential new jobs for residents
- attracting more visitors who can stay longer as the island becomes more accessible.
Expected social benefits
An improved public transport system to make the island more liveable for residents, including:
- more efficient transport options to and from the island
- making commuting to mainland jobs easier
- improving community interactions as the island becomes better connected through more people moving to, from and around the island.
Expected cultural and environmental benefits
Public transport improvements:
- encourage residents and visitors to use healthier and more environmentally friendly transport options
- encourage more cultural exchanges as more people move to, from and around the island and interact with each other.
Project achievements to date
- A detailed project plan has been accepted by the Department of State Development.
- First stage project funds have been transferred to the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
- Meetings commenced with project partners and key stakeholders.
- Tender process concluded with PSA Consulting appointed to lead the delivery of the study.
- Current transport situation analysed.
- Consultation and engagement activities to improve transport has commenced.
Project next steps
- Identify transport options and finalise research.
- Analyse North Stradbroke Island transport improvement options.
- Draft the public transport strategy for North Stradbroke Island and release for public comment.
- Submit the public transport strategy for North Stradbroke Island to the North Stradbroke Island Economic Transition Strategy Implementation Committee for endorsement.