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Magnetic Island Transport Action Group

The objective of the Magnetic Island Transport Action (MITAG) is to work towards Magnetic Island having reliable, resilient and sustainable transportation systems, both public and private, for residents and visitors.

 

GROUP COORDINATOR

Robert (Rob) Dorgelo
robert.dorgelo@gmail.com

0417 529 665

Objectives

Magnetic Island Transport Action Group (MITAG) is a combination of individual community members with an interest in transport, and with the purpose to develop a plan to have improved transport services for the Island over the next 10-15 years - taking into consideration community and key stakeholder expectations, and emerging trends, such as electric vehicles.

 

Considerations to include in that plan are decarbonisation, sustainability, and systems that reflect the uniqueness of Magnetic Island and reflect its World Heritage values. 

 

MITAG has been liaising with all levels of government and stakeholders and working on a number of themes which include:

 

  • Decarbonisation with the aim to include increasing electric vehicles (EV) penetration on the Island, reduction of car use, and increasing the uptake of public transport use, cycle ways and walkways

  • Road safety issues such as, speed limits on Island roads

  • Ferries and bus services, including connections and timetables

  • The cost of transport/ferries to and from the Island

  • EV for buses/public transport and hire cars

  • Nelly Bay car park

  • Uber services/rideshare for Islanders

  • Promote active transport and walking

  • Signage on our roads and road safety black spots.

 

Specific major projects that the group is currently working on include:

 

  • A MICDA/MINCA project with Queensland Parks Service and the Townsville City Council to connect the old Testra track (800m from the Horseshoe Bay main road in Arcadia) to the old Telstra track on the eastern side of the main road, which is currently used as a walking trail - as reflected in the draft Magnetic Island Trails - Vision Plan

  • Project to promote EV use on Magnetic Island

  • Project to establish a shared car pool system for Islanders (or a shared EV car/cars for Islanders)

  • Review of speed limits on the Island by Townsville Council

  • Installation of additional road safety and speed limits signs on Island where identified as needed for road safety reasons

  • Community engagement via information sessions with community groups

  • Conversion of an internal combustion engine (ICE) work ute to EV as a demonstration and community engagement project to inform and encourage the uptake of EV vehicles.

 

All members of the Magnetic Island community are welcome to be part of this group. The Group holds monthly meetings on the Island, with a Zoom link for those who cannot attend in person.

 

If you would like to come to a meeting, please contact the group coordinator, as shown above.

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Magnetic Island Bus Survey August 2022

One of the first projects the Transport Working Group undertook was to  survey locals and visitors to Magnetic Island regarding the current Sunbus service.

MICDA_Transport_Survey 2022_ Results.pdf

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