Sky’s the limit for transport in Moreton Bay
Published 09 February 2023
Moreton Bay residents could take to the skies in the not-to-distant-future following the release of Wisk Aero and Council of Mayors South East Queensland’s (COMSEQ) joint opportunity paper into Advanced Air Mobility in South East Queensland.
Mayor Peter Flannery said the benefits of advanced air mobility could help solve growing population pains across the region.
“Moreton Bay Regional Council has far exceeded the population growth projections set by the State Government for over a decade now and with 12 emerging growth fronts in our region, there’s no sign of that slowing down,” he said.
“We need to be innovative and ambitious if we are going to solve growing congestion issues in our region and to improve mobility across South East Queensland by the time the 2032 Olympic & Paralympic Games come around.
“According to the opportunities paper, locals could soon be travelling between key business and social hubs within Moreton Bay like Redcliffe, Caboolture, North Lakes and Brendale in just a matter of minutes.
“This is a great opportunity for new and ambitious industries to take off right here in Moreton Bay, which could not only help solve existing congestion issues but opens up huge possibilities for jobs, business investment and other opportunities.
“Innovation like this supports our vision for a polycentric city model to have multiple business hubs across the region rather than one singular centre like Sydney and Melbourne which have all become car parks.
“A polycentric city supports all forms of transport and aims to activate east-west travel within our region as well as the existing north-south routes.
“This doesn’t mean we have our heads in the clouds or that it comes at the cost of other much needed road and transport infrastructure, which are vital to for our region’s mobility.
“I am continuing to lobby the State Government to gazette a corridor for the Bruce Highway Western Alternative so we all now the route and we can plan around that.
“New and innovative ideas like air taxi services are not the entire solution but they can certainly support our overall transport plan to creates a better future for everyone in Moreton Bay.
“We will continue to look at all options for public and private transport with both the State Government and the private sector to create more opportunities for locals.
“Moreton Bay Regional Council supports the collaboration between South East Queensland Council of Mayors (COMSEQ) and Wisk Aero to investigate the potential benefits advanced air mobility over the coming years as we look to the future.”
Wisk Aero and COMSEQ have entered a strategic partnership to collaborate on outreach and events to showcase the benefits associated with advanced air mobility.
The recent paper highlighted potential flight times between Brisbane and key Moreton Bay business hubs:
- Brisbane CBD to Caboolture - 15mins
- Brisbane CBD to Redcliffe - 11mins
- Brisbane CBD to Brendale - 8mins
To read the paper in full, visit https://bit.ly/40L0Zb4