Options to improve North Stradbroke Island public transport
Public transport is critical to providing visitor access to North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) and the liveability of island residents.
The North Stradbroke Island public transport study includes research identifying and evaluating options to improve public transport infrastructure, services and connections between the island and neighbouring mainland. This includes ferry (water taxi and barge), bus, rail, taxi and personalised transport.
The study is looking at what is and isn't working, and identifying ideas to help the island become more accessible for residents and visitors. 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 includes:
- analysis of current transport providers including, but not limited to, ferries (water taxi and barges), buses, rail, taxi, personalised transport and tour operators
- determining current transport usage, prices, availability, service gaps and potential future usage
- exploring the feasibility of additional or amended service offerings
- providing recommendations on feasible opportunities.
A community and visitor survey in May 2018 gathered information about priorities and concerns related to the island's public transport. Community information sessions were held in July 2018 in all three NSI townships, providing residents, business owners and visitors with an opportunity to discuss survey outcomes, transport issues and improvement options.
These activities were part of the wider consultation to develop options and strategies to address major transport-related issues and help plan for North Stradbroke Island's future transport needs.
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 will help expand the island's economy by:
- providing opportunities for existing transport business operations to grow
- attracting new transport-related businesses
- assisting existing business operations
- providing 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 will enhance liveability for island residents via:
- 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 that:
- 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
- Project plan completed.
- Meetings with project partners and key stakeholders.
- Tender process finalised with PSA Consulting appointed to lead the delivery of the study.
- Analysis undertaken of current transport situation.
- Analysis of public transport survey results.
- Analysis of transport strategic needs to inform improvement options.
- Community information sessions held in all three NSI townships.
Project next steps
- Refine transport options and finalise research.
- Draft the public transport strategy for NSI and release for public comment.
- Submit the public transport strategy for NSI for endorsement by the NSI ETS Implementation Committee.