Homes in Hideaway Waters to be resumed for road

BIG PLANS: An artist’s impression of the Mooloolah River Interchange project and, inset, Member for Buderim Steve Dickson.
BIG PLANS: An artist’s impression of the Mooloolah River Interchange project and, inset, Member for Buderim Steve Dickson.

MEMBER for Buderim Steve Dickson has announced six more homes will be resumed to make way for a multi-million-dollar arterial road.

The changes were in response to some Hideaway Waters residents' fear that their houses would be worth nothing when the new Mooloolah River Interchange was built metres from their door.

Mr Dickson said the acquisitions, in Karloo Crt and Cootamundra Dr, were considered important in this circumstance as traditional noise reduction measures would adversely affect visual amenity.

"We are a government that listens and I have been working with residents to address the feelings of uncertainty and angst regarding the Mooloolah River Interchange Project planning and potential impacts on the area,'' Mr Dickson said.

"Today, these residents can begin to move forward."

The project will upgrade the Mooloolah River interchange, provide a new two-lane connection from Kawana Way at Parrearra to the new interchange (Kawana Arterial Rd), and duplicate the Sunshine Mwy between Kawana Way and Karawatha Dr at Mountain Creek.

Residents at Brightwater, who will also have traffic metres from their properties, are yet to have any outcome for compensation.

Mr Dickson did not comment on the impact on Brightwater residents.

He said the project would provide many benefits by upgrading the interchange, reducing the current weaving movements, reducing congestion and improving access between Mountain Creek and Mooloolaba.

"The proposed works would better connect Caloundra, Kawana, Mooloolaba and Maroochydore," Mr Dickson said.

"These upgrades are essential to provide the capacity needed to support continued growth on the Sunshine Coast, in particular for the $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital currently under construction."

Mr Dickson said planning for the new interchange should be finalised by the middle of next year.


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