Coomera Connector Stage 1 South design released for community feedback

The design of the southern section of the Coomera Connector, or ‘Second M1’, is progressing, with the community encouraged to provide feedback during the next vital phase of the project.

The Coomera Connector is South East Queensland’s largest road infrastructure project, with the Stage 1 package of works (North, Central and South) featuring 16 kilometres of new motorway between Coomera and Nerang.

Stage 1 South connects from the Smith Street Motorway to a new interchange at Southport-Nerang Road, before crossing the Nerang River and finishing at a new intersection with Nerang-Broadbeach Road.

Based on previous community feedback, design changes have been made at the southern end of Nerang.

The Australian and Queensland governments have committed $2.16 billion on a 50:50 basis to plan and build Coomera Connector Stage 1 between Coomera and Nerang.

The design for Stage 1 South is being undertaken by the BG&E Pty Ltd and HDR Pty Ltd Joint Venture (BHJV).

An early works package south of Nerang River will commence in the new year, with major construction expected to start in late 2024.

The community is invited to provide feedback as part of the design phase until 17 December 2023.

 To provide feedback, find out more about the project or register for updates, the community can:

Quotes attributable to Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Catherine King: 

“With major construction now underway on Stage 1 North and design works progressing on Stage 1 Central and South, this vital new motorway is really starting to take shape.

“We know congestion continues to be a big issue for this region which is why we are progressing this critical piece of infrastructure – building a safe, connected and well-planned motorway.

“This project, jointly funded by Australian and Queensland governments is yet another example of what the Albanese and Palaszczuk governments can achieve together to deliver for Gold Coast residents and for Queenslanders.”

Quotes attributable to the Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey:

“The Coomera Connector is a key link in South East Queensland’s future transport network and will help improve how Gold Coast residents move around their neighbourhoods.

“It’s really important to engage with key stakeholders and the community in the design phase, as we have done on the North package of work under Stage 1.

“The southern section of Stage 1 boasts a shared path that joins with the Central and Northern packages of work. This is exciting for people like me who love to cycle, or those who like to walk or use a mobility scooter or wheelchair. We encourage people to get involved and learn more about the active transport plans and ask questions of the project team.

“A Second M1 will be critical in easing traffic congestion between the Gold Coast and Logan and enable locals to make shorter trips without needing to get on the M1.

“The Coomera Connector is a major project in our Government’s commitment to building Queensland by investing in infrastructure that supports more jobs, builds resilience and underpins future prosperity for Queenslanders.”

Quotes attributable to Senator for Queensland Murray Watt:

“It’s great to see both levels of Government working together to deliver such a significant project for the Gold Coast.

“The Second M1 will cut congestion, helping locals to get around faster and with less hassle.

“Earlier feedback has helped shape the design process so far, and I’d encourage anyone interested to hop on the website and have their say.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon:

“I made an election commitment to build the Second M1 and this massive project will ease congestion for our growing city.

“It’s exciting to see the southern section of Stage 1 take shape. This project has not only created hundreds of jobs it will connect the southeast – making it easier, faster, and more convenient for people living, working and visiting the region.

“As our city grows, we need to make sure it keeps moving – whether that’s on the road, via rail, light rail or on buses.”