Gold Coast Bulletin
The 2018 Commonwealth Games has helped drive the Gold Coast to the top of the Palaszczuk Government’s spending pile in its budget which was unveiled this afternoon.
Treasurer Curtis Pitt delivered his maiden budget from Brisbane’s parliament house this afternoon in which he revealed the Gold Coast region had the highest level of capital grants in the state, primarily driven by the delivery of the Games and its infrastructure.
With the Government saying it is on track to deliver a near $1 billion surplus, here is what you need to know about what the Gold Coast is getting in the 2015-16 financial year:
1: The second stage of the Gold Coast light rail has missed out on funding. However, while lacking in funding, budget papers do acknowledge the project, which would connect light and heavy rail in the city’s north, as a key project for the state.
2: More than $3 million will be spent on a replacement ambulance station at Coral Gardens in Miami.
3: More than $64 million will be splashed on congestion busting measures across the Gold Coast’s roads, including the widening of Southport-Burleigh Road from four to six lanes from High Street in Southport to Rudd Street in Broadbeach Waters. This goes alongside $48 million for the already announced upgrade of Exit 54 at Coomera. The project, which is co-funded by the Federal Government will ultimately cost $74.7 million.
4: $128.3 million will be poured into tourism statewide over the next four years to promote Queensland and the Gold Coast.
5: Schools across the city will get a share of $19.1 million over the next three years for new facilities.
6: Infrastructure for the 2018 Commonwealth Games will receive more than $164 million to fund construction of the Carrara precinct, athletes village, Coomera indoor sports centre, Gold Coast Hockey Centre and the upgrades of existing facilities at Broadbeach Bowls Club.
7: $6.5 million for clinical decision units with the Gold Coast University Hospital precinct and the emergency department of the Robina Hospital to improve patient flow, with a further $2.6 million to address outpatient “longwaits”.