Tackling congestion

Councillor Hermann Vorster has fought against developer interests to help secure a better deal for local residents.

His priorities include:

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Accelerate road upgrades

Upgrade busy intersections around Robina Town Centre and the Pacific Motorway.

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A better local bus service

Lobby the State to improve bus routes — with more frequent services starting earlier and finishing later. Fight to secure the proposed tram to rail electric bus service.

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More footpaths, safer bikeways

Accelerate new signalised crossings and build new footpaths to make it safer to walk and cycle to school, work, public transport and the local shops.

Hermann’s track record

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Delivered the Robina Area Traffic Study

Secured $200,000 for the Robina Area Traffic Study (RATS) to guide future investment and changes to Council’s infrastructure plans.

[Hermann Vorster] said many intersections had reached their capacity at peak hour and some had become “incredibly dangerous and completely gridlocked”.

“Robina is the geographic heart of the Gold Coast and right now its arteries are dangerously clogged,” he said.

Mr Vorster said a “fresh look is needed” at how future infrastructure is funded.

Developers find legal loophole to avoid paying for infrastructure upgrades

14 December 2015, Gold Coast Bulletin

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Upgraded intersections

Oversaw upgrades at University Drive/ Cottesloe Drive, Robina Parkway/Cheltenham Drive, Scottsdale Drive/Christine Avenue, Ron Penhaligon Way/Beauty Point Drive,Robina Parkway/Laver Drive, and Mattocks Road/Christine Avenue.

Accelerated the design of the much-needed Robina Town Centre and Laver Drive (Rocket) intersection signalisation.

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Traffic monitoring cameras

nstalling traffic monitoring cameras at the intersections of Markeri Street/Robina Parkway, Christine Avenue/ Scottsdale Drive, Laver Drive/Cheltenham Drive and Robina Parkway/Laver Drive to reduce queuing.

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Christine Corner upgrades

Lobbied the State to address long running safety issues at Christine Corner delivering a new signalised crossing.

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Safer crossings

Secured $600,000 for new signalised pedestrian crossings on Cheltenham Drive, Laver Drive and Christine Avenue.

And installed countdown timers on Christine Avenue and Robina Town Centre Drive.

Installed lighting over crossings on Robina Town Centre Drive, Varsity Parade, and funded lighting around Robina Village.

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New footpaths

Constructed new footpaths at Robina Dales and central Varsity Lakes to improve access to public transport and parks.

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School drop-off improvements

Constructed a ring road at Varsity College Junior Campus to prevent unnessary queuing on Christine Avenue.

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Supporting active travel

Funded new footpaths and flashing lights around Robina State High School to improve student safety.

Constructed secure bike storage facilities at Varsity College Senior Campus to deter theft and boost cycling.

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More car parking

Doubled the size of the car park at Frascott Park and formalised parking at Robina Lions Club Park.

Lobbied for harsher car parking requirements for all new developers to product retailers and existing residents.

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Cheaper public transport

Led a successful campaign to reduce public transport fares by an average of 30 per cent across the Gold Coast.

“A GOLD Coast councillor is accusing the State Government of “price gouging” train commuters travelling from the city’s south.”

“Robina councillor Hermann Vorster has called on TransLink to abandon a so-called “train tax” on the Varsity Lakes station.”

Gold Coast public transport: Councillor calls for railway reform to slash commuter fares

9 January 2020, Gold Coast Bulletin

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Expanded 'Park and Ride'

Successfully lobbied the State Government to provide additional car parking at Varsity Lakes Station.

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Upgraded bus stops

Upgrades bus stops to meet disability access standards, with all bus stops set for compliance by 2022.