Nathan Williams has created an online survey to find out what locals think of the traffic congestion in the CBD. Photo: Scottie Simmonds con2109a
Nathan Williams has created an online survey to find out what locals think of the traffic congestion in the CBD. Photo: Scottie Simmonds con2109a

Survey targets traffic in CBD

FED up with congestion, lack of parking in the CBD and limited public transport, South Kolan man Nathan Williams has decided it is time to do something about it.

The 18-year-old education student has created an online survey on his ideas for traffic management in the CBD and hopes people will have their say on it.

He said statistics showed the Bundaberg region could expect at least another 4000 residents in five years’ time.

“The CBD is congested now,” he said. “What is it going to be like then?”

The eight-question survey gauges peoples’ opinions on suggested changes and their use of streets.

Bundaberg mayor Lorraine Pyefinch said she encouraged people to have a say on the issue.

“But the writers of that survey have taken a simplistic attitude,” she said. “I would like to know if they have an expertise in traffic management.”

Mr Williams said while he was no expert in the area, he still intended to solve the problem.

“I don’t have a traffic management degree, but logic tells you that if you put another 4000 people here and there’s an existing problem, it’s only going to get worse,” he said.

One question asks people their opinion on making Quay, Bourbong and Woongarra streets one way.

“This would increase traffic speed, reduce congestion and still provide access to the same shops and facilities with potentially more parking space,” Mr Williams said.

“There are also environmental impacts of not continually stopping and starting. People will use less fuel.”

Cr Pyefinch and Mr Williams both agree a quick fix would see business staff parking away from the CBD area.

“We have 120 vacant all-day parks at any one time,” Cr Pyefinch said.

“We even have maps and we are happy to give them to businesses as opposed to them taking up customer parking.”

Mr Williams also said he wanted to see improved public transport.

The survey will remain open until December 31 and will be presented to the council in January.

People can complete the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/87JXM8H



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