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People power wins – M2M cycleway to be redesigned

More than 2500 people have signed a petition to have plans for a new cycleway from Mooloolaba to Maroochdydore changed. So – what do you think? IMAGE: Lisa Pearl Photography.

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People power wins – M2M cycleway to be redesigned

Alexandra Headland residents and concerned locals have been fighting the design of a Department of Transport and Main Roads cycleway since it was first proposed.

State MP Fiona Simpson is celebrating a win for the community with the Department of Transport and Main Roads’ announcement that it will scrap the controversial design for the M2M cycleway through Alexandra Headland and go back to the drawing board.

“We must get it right,” Ms Simpson says. “The news came after I tabled the latest M2M Alex cycleway petition in parliament with about 2000 signatories asking for a better design.

“This is exactly what the petition and the majority of the community have called for.

“This is a win for the people and the thousands who campaigned for this design to be reworked due to concerns about visual barriers to the beach, loss of beachside carparks, and the proposed metal fence up the middle of Alexandra Parade.

“We all want safer pathways for cyclists and walkers through Alexandra Headland. Overwhelmingly the thousands of petitioners rejected the design released on May 6 and wanted a new plan that improved the pathways for cyclists and walkers but with their input.

“A week ago, my colleague, shadow transport minister Steve Minnikin, committed an LNP Government to keep the money set aside for this project but to redo the design with proper community consultation.

“I’m delighted the state government has agreed to do that as well, which is a good outcome.

“Well done to all the community members, particularly Beach Matters, and the Alexandra Headland Community Association who also work hard to beautify this area.

“Let’s keep Alex great and make it even better with improved pathways for cyclists and walkers but without loss of amenity or loss of safety.”

A great result

Beach Matters spokesperson Rachael Bermingham is elated at the outcome. She says the group’s meeting with transport minister Mark Bailey last week proved to be extremely positive.

‘“He listened to the community feedback and looked at our data and research,” she says.

Ms Birmingham says the minister directed the Beach Matters group to work with the Department of Transport and Main Roads in the coming weeks and she is confident a better design can be achieved through a co-operative effort.

“Before the design provided for just one segment of the community. Now it can be designed with everyone in mind,” she says, adding that thanks is due to councillor Joe Natoli and Fiona Simpson, and all the people who supported them.

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