Nathan Williams
Nathan Williams

CBD traffic solutions

AN invitation to residents to have their say on traffic in the CBD has extracted several good ideas for Bundaberg Regional Council to consider, according to the man running the website.

South Kolan education student Nathan Williams decided a couple of months ago he was fed up with congestion in the CBD and limited public transport, and decided to do something about it.

He created a website that includes a survey for people to have their say about the issue and has invited residents of the region to have their say.

Mr Williams said he was also motivated by predictions the area would have another 4000 residents within five years.

“This was never intended to clash heads with Bundaberg Regional Council,” he said.

“I just put it out there to see what ideas people can come up with.”

Mr Williams said even if few people responded, it was important to highlight the issue as the population increased.

“I’ve always been aware of the statistics, previous reports and complexities of the CBD traffic,” he said.

“Obviously, I can’t solve an issue like this on my own, but the aim is to encourage residents — especially young people — to have a say on issues that affect them and, importantly, to propose solutions to them.”

Mr Williams said the solutions many respondents to his survey had proposed to the traffic and parking problems in the CBD were very clever and not that expensive.

“The survey doesn’t discredit the council,” he said.

“Instead it gathers residents’ proposed solutions to a problem.”

Mr Williams said responses to the survey had highlighted both short and long-term solutions to the issues in the CBD.

Short-term solutions included CBD business staff parking away from the CBD to provide more parking spaces for customers, and a 10% discount at selected shops for not parking in the CBD.

The increased promotion of bus routes, timetables and prices was also an issue, with 25% of respondents to the survey unaware of what was on offer.

Long-term solutions included an above or below-ground multilevel parking facility, and pedestrian traffic lights, which could solve the problem of congestion at roundabouts.

A one-way loop in the CBD was also suggested.

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