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South Coast

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Map of of South Coast District 
Map of Queensland with South Coast District highlighted 
Area covered


Population of Queensland


Data source: Queensland Government Statistician's Office (Queensland Treasury), Queensland Regional Profiles, April 2020


State-controlled roads*


National Land Transport Network*


Vehicle and machinery registrations


Boating infrastructures


Community safety events held


Vehicle and machinery inspections




Drivers licence tests conducted


Customer face-to-face interaction


Priority enabled intersection

Data source: *A Road Management Information System (ARMIS), 30 June 2020
Data source: **Bridge Information System (BIS), 30 June 2020


  • Completed construction of additional southbound lanes on the merge between the Gateway Motorway and the Pacific Motorway at Eight Mile Plains and Rochedale, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.
  • Completed widening of the Pacific Motorway, from four to six lanes, between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.
  • Commenced widening, from four to six lanes, of the Pacific Motorway between Varsity Lakes and Tugun, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.
  • Commenced extending the four-lane duplication of Mount Lindesay Highway between Rosia Road and Stoney Camp Road interchange at Greenbank.
  • Commenced construction of a four-lane upgrade of Mount Lindesay Highway, between Camp Cable Road and intersection of Johanna Street and Tamborine Street at Jimboomba.

Safety Improvements for Mount Lindesay Highway

Two safety improvement projects on the Mount Lindesay Highway at north and south Maclean have been completed. Both sections of highway had been identified as high-risk through fatality and crash statistics.

The key safety improvements of these projects included:

  • new signalised intersections at Stockleigh Road and Greenbank Road
  • removal of direct access to the highway
  • extension of side roads and service roads to join the new intersections
  • installation of right-hand turning lanes 
  • installation of guardrails
  • a reduction in highway speed limits.

These priority safety improvement projects were delivered ahead of schedule and form part of the strategic 10 year Mount Lindesay Highway Program to improve highway safety and capacity. 

Building a Better M1 – South upgrades

This project will increase capacity and improve safety and traffic flow at the southern end of the M1. The section between Mudgeeraba (Exit 79) and Varsity Lakes (Exit 85) was completed in June 2020. 

This upgrade included:

  • widening the M1 from four to six lanes between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes
  • adding an additional northbound lane between Robina and The Link Way
  • building two bridges over Mudgeeraba Creek northbound to better withstand flood events
  • building a new four-lane bridge at Stapley Drive. 

Further south, between Varsity Lakes and Tugun, construction commenced on the first package of works, between Varsity Lakes and Burleigh, in May 2020. 

This upgrade will:

  • widen 10 kilometres of the M1 between Varsity Lakes (Exit 85) and Tugun (Exit 95) to a minimum of three-lanes in each direction
  • extend all entry and exit ramps
  • significantly upgrade the Burleigh (Exit 87), Tallebudgera (Exit 89) and Palm Beach (Exit 92) interchanges
  • widen the Tallebudgera and Currumbin Creek bridges 
  • build a new western service road and bike path between Tallebudgera and Palm Beach. 

Smart motorway technologies will be incorporated in both projects.

Building a better M1 – North upgrades

This rolling three stage delivery program is addressing congestion on the northern M1 corridor. 

Stage 1, M1/M3 Gateway Merge was completed in May 2020 and included:

  • widening up to five southbound lanes between Eight Mile Plains and Rochedale South (Exit 19)
  • replacing the Underwood Road bridge to a new four-lane overpass
  • relocating the existing bus entry to the M1 at the Eight Mile Plains bus station to nearer the Rochedale Road exit. 

Stage 2, Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill, commenced construction in April 2020. This eight kilometre upgrade between the Gateway Motorway and Loganlea Road will:

  • widen the northbound carriageway up to five lanes between the Gateway Motorway and just north of Watland Street
  • widen the southbound carriageway up to four-lanes between Rochedale and Logan Roads
  • extend the South East Busway from Eight Mile Plains to Springwood, including a new bus station and park ‘n’ ride at Rochedale
  • complete the missing V1 cycleway link on the western side of the M1 from the Gateway Motorway to Paradise Road. 

Planning has started for Stage 3, Daisy Hill to Logan Motorway and this upgrade will:

  • investigate widening of the M1
  • consolidate the on and off ramps
  • provide improvements to the transport corridor between Springwood and Loganholme.

Gold Coast Light Rail

Light rail has been hugely successful and transformative for the Gold Coast. G:link light rail services have had a very high take-up with more than 50 million paid passenger trips since 2014, demonstrating the popularity of the mode with the local community and visitors to the Gold Coast. 

In 2019–20 the $709 million Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3 project, which extends the current system from Broadbeach to Burleigh received funding commitments from both the Australian Government ($269 million) and the City of Gold Coast ($91.5 million), with the balance of the funding committed by the Queensland Government.

A tender process led by GoldlinQ also commenced to engage a contractor to design and construct Stage 3. It is expected that the successful construction contractor will be appointed in late 2020 with major works beginning in 2021.

Further early and enabling works have also been undertaken by the department along the corridor during the year to support the tender process and ultimate delivery of the project, including taking and testing of soil samples, identification and inspection of underground services, and preparation of sites along the corridor for the construction phase.

Senior's road trip to road safety

Senior drivers make up a large portion of the driving population and the department's focus is to equip them with knowledge to help them continue to drive safely.

Older drivers refreshed their knowledge of road rules and road safety in a series of events held across the Ipswich region between February and May 2020.

The event, tailored for drivers aged 60 years and older, was hosted by the Queensland Police Service and supported by the department's safety team. 

Participants engaged in education on safe driving behaviours, licensing laws for seniors, relevant concessions, and safe driving tips. Other topics included mobility scooters and motorised wheelchairs, voluntarily surrendering a driver's licence, and the fatal five.  

Coomera Connector

The department is undertaking planning of a new road corridor between Loganholme and Nerang known as the Coomera Connector. Designed to alleviate congestion on the M1 between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, the project achieved a major milestone this year with community consultation rolled out in November and December 2019.

The consultation program included a series of 10 traditional face-to-face engagements along the 45 kilometre project corridor plus online engagement activities.

There was significant interest from the community with 3200 visits to the website, more than 2000 people visiting the community drop-in sessions to talk to the project team, and 700 pieces of feedback received.

A telephone survey of 1000 residents and businesses revealed four out of five people in the project corridor area support the introduction of the Coomera Connector.

The Preliminary Evaluation was completed in March 2020. Jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments, the department is currently developing a Detailed Business Case for Stage 1 between Coomera and Nerang, which is expected to be completed by mid-2021.

Reconnecting communities affected by bushfires

Between early September 2019 and late January 2020, catastrophic fire conditions in South East Queensland saw bushfires ignite in three locations – Binna Burra and Lamington National Park in the Gold Coast Hinterland, Cunningham Highway at Cunningham’s Gap, and Mount Lindesay Highway at Rathdowney. 

RoadTek was instrumental in reconnecting those communities directly affected by the bushfires. Teams attended each location and were faced with unique environmental situations to carry out emergent works, including manning 24/7 road closures, clearing debris, removing trees, replacing damaged roadside signage and furniture, and dislodged unsafe roadside boulders by scaling and stabilising embankments.