Transport strategies, policy and plans


The Department of Transport and Main Roads is working with state and local government and other key stakeholders throughout Queensland to develop a series of Regional Transport Plans. These plans will guide the planning of an efficient and responsive transport system in Queensland over the next 15 years. 

The delivery of the plans is a requirement of the Transport Planning and Coordination Act (1994). The plans provide a bridge between local, Queensland and Australian government planning, drawing from and supporting the region’s goals.

What is a Regional Transport Plan?

Regional Transport Plans are developed with key stakeholders, including representatives from state and local government, business and industry to prioritise and manage the transport system so that it effectively supports regional communities, growth and productivity.

The plans achieve this by:

  • establishing common transport priorities between the Queensland Government and local governments
  • communicating our planning intent for the region
  • defining the transport systems’ role in achieving regional goals and priorities for our planning and investment
  • partnering with local government
  • guiding future transport planning and investment.

Regional Transport Plans

Noosa Council

Noosa’s transport vision is one where “Noosa Shire enjoys an efficient, free flowing, innovative transport system that enhances resident and visitor experiences, and results in sustainable environmental outcomes”.

Council will continue to provide subsidised demand responsive transport to residents between Boreen Point and Tewantin through the $2 Flexilink taxi service.  In addition, Council will continue the Council Cabs service for people aged 60 and over and people with a disability including their carers. The door-to-door $2 Council Cabs services Pomona, Cooran, Cooroy, Black Mountain, Cooroy Mountain, Lake Macdonald, Tinbeerwah, Cooroibah, Tewantin, Noosaville, Noosa Heads, Sunshine Beach, Sunrise Beach, Castaways Beach, Marcus Beach and Peregian Beach and transports residents to their nearest shopping centre on designated days.

Working groups were established to progress the key short term initiatives in keeping with the Principles of the Transport Strategy which seeks to:

  • Encourage transport options that meet the needs of both locals and visitors.
  • Prioritise our focus on moving people and goods rather than on moving cars.
  • Provide infrastructure and services that are designed to give priority to pedestrians, cyclists, scooters and public transport over private cars.
  • Improve the safety and amenity of pedestrians and cyclists in our transport infrastructure.
  • Address peak time traffic congestion by reducing traffic rather than increasing road capacity.
  • Accommodate changes in transportation technology.
  • Align our organisational transport options and usage with Council’s Zero Emissions Strategy and the above principles.
  • Design for, encourage and facilitate transport options that reduce the emissions produced by our community.

Transport Strategy


The Sunshine Coast Regional Council adopted the Sunshine Coast Integrated Transport Strategy at its Ordinary Meeting on 6 December 2018.


The Integrated Transport Strategy outlines the policy direction for transport in the region and replaces the Sustainable Transport Strategy. It responds to the challenges and opportunities facing our region and outlines our vision to address the Sunshine Coast’s transport needs.


The strategy focuses on achieving a connected, smart, integrated, safe and efficient transport system that services and supports a rapidly growing Sunshine Coast.
The strategy was developed with input from the community, key stakeholder feedback and expert analysis, as well as a review of trends and changes occurring across the transport sector.

It considers how we currently travel within the region and outlines the known transport network deficiencies which governments at all levels need to address.

Council is committed to work with the other tiers of government and the private sector to ensure there is a ‘one network’ approach to transport planning, delivery and management of an integrated transport system.

The Sunshine Coast Integrated Transport Strategy intends to:

  • support economic development
  • respond to new growth areas and trends
  • balance the consideration of all modes of transport
  • respond to emerging technologies and business models such a ride sharing, car sharing, autonomous vehicles and big data
  • advocate and apply a one network approach
  • align with relevant strategic policy and planning documents
  • update data, analysis and projections and identify system performance indicators for tracking and decision-making
  • be an effective information and advocacy tool for council and the community
  • reduce adverse environmental impacts through a lower carbon transport system

Integrated Transport Strategy

Transport Community Group

OSCAR is represented on this Community Group and we will publish appropriate materials relating to this group on this page.

Transport Community Group meeting notes – 19 February 2019
Transport Community Group meeting notes – 19 November 2018
     Transport Summary Responses

Transport Levy Policy and Initiatives