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					2.3.3    Improve the flood immunity of the Whitsunday Way to an
         appropriate standard which is consistent with the flood standard of                                                Planning and Decision Making
         an upgraded Bruce Highway.                                                                                         3.1.1    Taking into account statutory requirements, a strategy will be
2.3.4    Install an automated monitoring system which is integrated with                                                             developed to improve and coordinate decision making amongst
         early notification technology to inform motorists of the status of                                                          stakeholders; including the new Whitsunday Regional Council,
         road trafficability during rainfall events.                                                                                 Main Roads, developers, Ergon, Telstra, community interest groups
                                                                                                                                     and other service providers with regards to decisions influencing
2.4   Multiple Use                                                                                                                   the future development of The Whitsunday Way.
2.4.1 Improve public transport facilities, including provision of adequate                                                  3.1.2    Planning and decision making processes will be developed which
      bus stops.                                                                                                                     incorporate community aspirations for the road and include
2.4.2 Ensure infrastructure for non-motorised forms of transport is                                                                  opportunities for community involvement and participation.
      integrated (dedicated cycle paths and lanes, pedestrian facilities).                                                  3.1.3    The new Whitsunday Regional Council will advise developers of The
                                                                                                                                     Whitsunday Way Vision and that roundabouts are the preferred
    A section of the Proserpine - Shute Harbour Road                                                                                 option and should be adopted as the preferred intersection
      provided by the Whitsunday Regional Council                                                                                    treatment in the first instance.
                                                                                                                            3.1.4    It is recognised that The Whitsunday Way includes areas which
                                                                                                                                     have existing and historical planning approvals and agreements. In
                                                                                                                                     this context the vision will be implemented as far as practical and
                                                                                                                                     with regard to the existing constraints. For those areas with no
                                                                                                                                     planning approval or agreements the vision will guide future road

                                                                                                                                     planning and design.

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                                 Shute Habour Road
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Future Vision
                                                                                                                                                                                                           The Whitsunday Way will be a safe and efficient road which forms an
                                                                                                                                    For more information on the Whitsunday Way, contact                       attractive and welcoming entry statement to the Whitsundays.
                                                                                                                                    the project’s Community Consultation team by:
                                                                                                                                                                                                           The vision has been developed by the Whitsunday community to
                                                                                                                                    Telephone: 1300 360 657
                                                                                                                                                                                                           guide future planning and upgrades of the Whitsunday Way
                                                                                                                                    Fax: (07) 4772 6335                                                    (Proserpine - Shute Harbour Road) from 2008 to 2028.
                                                                                                                                    Project Advisory Committee (PAC) Website:                              The vision was developed by a community based Project Advisory
                                                                                          d                                                                                  Committee (PAC) which was established for the purpose of
                                                                                     urR                                                                                                                   developing a vision for the Whitsunday Way. The vision was based on

                                                                               e Ha                                                                                                                        information provided through a community consultation process
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                                                                           Sh                                                                                                                              undertaken in 2007, which included individual resident and

                                                                                                                                                                                                           stakeholder consultations, public displays and web based feedback.

                                                                                                                                                                                                           It is intended that the vision be reviewed every five years to ensure it
                                                                                                                                                                                                           remains relevant to the aspirations and needs of the Whitsunday
                        Copyright The State of Queensland (Department of Natural Resources) 2008
   Based on Cadastral Data provided with the permission of the Department of Natural Resources (Current as at April 2008)                                                                                  community.

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                                                                                      community areas.                                                                merge lanes) and where possible ensure that the road design
 Statement of Intent                                                          1.2.5   Use shared space principles at sections of the Whitsunday Way
                                                                                      where there is mixed community use (vehicles, pedestrians,              2.1.4
                                                                                                                                                                      communicates the appropriate speed to the motorised road user.
                                                                                                                                                                      Improve the safety of side road access at major intersections.
The Whitsunday Way will be developed into a best practice, internationally            cyclists) and where lower speed limits are desirable and                2.1.5   Provide consistent and appropriate speed limits in built up areas.
recognised tourist drive which is safe, efficient and suitably landscaped             appropriate.                                                            2.1.6   Incorporate more passing and turning lanes along two lane
and which integrates non-motorised means of transport (e.g. pedestrian                                                                                                sections of the route.
and cycle) safely within the road environment. Where it is necessary and      1.3     Local Amenity
appropriate sections of the road will be four lanes. A sufficient road        1.3.1   Through trees and shelters provide shade for pedestrians using the      2.2     Efficiency
corridor will be strategically planned to enable wherever possible a wide             road.                                                                   2.2.1   Where level of service and demand is deemed necessary, sections
landscaped centre median. Intersections will be restricted to a minimum,      1.3.2   Establish a network of footpaths, appropriate road crossing                     of the road will be four lanes with sufficient road corridor retained
with a preference for roundabouts developed as unique, visual experiences             locations and bike paths which link with major shopping centres,                to provide a wide landscaped median. Sufficient road corridor will
which highlight the existing features of the road and its surrounds.                  recreational and residential areas.                                             be retained as soon as possible to facilitate the potential future
                                                                              1.3.3   Where appropriate establish interpretive sites, picnic benches, rest            four-laning of sections of the road.
                                                                                      areas and viewing areas along the road.                                 2.2.2   Where necessary provide more passing lanes and turning lanes
 Guiding Principles                                                           1.3.4   Develop vegetation buffers to buffer residential areas from the
                                                                                      visual, noise and air quality impacts of the road and to eliminate      2.2.3
                                                                                                                                                                      where the road is two lanes.
                                                                                                                                                                      The road and major intersections shall be designed to achieve
                                                                                      the need for artificial sound barriers. Vegetation in such situations           appropriate levels of service to accommodate predicted levels of
 Road Form                                                                            should be both tall and dense.                                                  movements of all road users including vehicles, cyclists and
1.1     Visual Aesthetics                                                                                                                                             vulnerable road users.
1.1.1   Maintain and where possible enhance the views of the ocean and        1.4     Environmental Values                                                    2.2.4   Where formalised control measures are required at major
        local landscape from the road.                                        1.4.1   Develop the road to enhance the scenic and environmental values                 intersections, a preference shall be for roundabouts, whilst taking
1.1.2   Landscape the road environment, including verges, medians and                 of the area.                                                                    into account the needs of all road users, including drivers,
        roundabouts with species in keeping with the local landscape and      1.4.2   Landscape and rehabilitate the road environment with local plant                vulnerable road users, cyclists and pedestrians.
        road safety requirements. At the entrance to Cannonvale and Airlie            species, themed according to the environment of different
        Beach a preference shall be for landscaping using tropical                    precincts and showcasing the diversity of local plant species.          2.3     Access
        vegetation species.                                                   1.4.3   Retain rural vistas.                                                    2.3.1   Intersection spacing should be consistent with the function of the
1.1.3   Limit the number of new major intersections and accesses to The       1.4.4   Ensure creeks and natural drainage systems in the vicinity of the               road and the number of new intersections should be limited.
        Whitsunday Way and make use of slip and service lanes to achieve              road are developed and managed so as to reduce flow velocity,           2.3.2   Intersection treatments and road design should allow for safe and
        this.                                                                         erosion and sediment runoff and provide habitat for wildlife.                   efficient movements and reduce stop/start vehicle movements
1.1.4   Use intersection treatments which can be landscaped and               1.4.5   Without compromising safety, where possible reduce the amount                   through the use of roundabouts for traffic entering and exiting the
        developed into iconic features.                                               of vegetation to be cleared when any road works or upgrading may                Whitsunday Way.
1.1.5   Use landscaping materials which contribute to the aesthetic and               be required.
        visual experience of the road environment area.                       1.4.6   Integrate the road and road furniture with already established
1.1.6   Through appropriate landscaping identify themes for different                 vegetation.
        precincts.                                                            1.4.7   Where appropriate erect road signage warning of crossing wildlife.
1.1.7   Reduce the number and size of billboard advertising along The
        Whitsunday Way and place an expiry date on existing billboards
        with the long-term intent of no billboards along the Whitsunday
                                                                              Road Function
        Way.                                                                  2.1     Safety
                                                                              2.1.1   Design the road to appropriate safety standards.
1.2     Sense of Community                                                    2.1.2   Improve the safety of the road environment for vulnerable users
1.2.1   Limit the number of new intersections on The Whitsunday Way.                  such as children, elderly and the disabled through the provision of
1.2.2   Retain the 'village atmosphere' in the main street of Airlie Beach.           safe and accessible pedestrian footpaths, crossings, refuges and
1.2.3   Develop local precincts and entry statements and integrate these              audio tactile signals, and through adequate public transport and
        into the road furniture.                                                      car parking facilities.
1.2.4   Establish a network of footpaths and cycle paths linking              2.1.3   Improve road safety signage through provision of appropriate road
                                                                                      signs (actual and advisory speed limits, advance warning signs for

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