We have listened - record transport spend

Published on 23 June 2021

Businessman waiting for the tram

The 2021-22 City Budget will invest $331.750 million in transport improvements across the coast.

“This is another record spend,’’ said Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate.

“Our recent City Budget community survey listed transport as a key priority for residents … and we have listened and responded with a record investment.

“$331 million is almost 20 percent of our $1.83 billion annual budget. I applaud councillors for approving this investment which runs from the north of our city to the southern border. The 2021-22

investment includes $194.617 million in capital works alone.’’

Highlights for 2021-22 include:

• $26.5m - further construction of Isle of Capri bridge;

• $25.1m - continued road rehabilitation and reseal program across the city;

• $17.3m - routine maintenance of the City’s road pavements across 3200km of roads;

• $9.5m - road reconstruction program to renew roads at the end of their useful lives;

• $9.1m - city bridge renewal and maintenance;

• $6.4m - new road bridge at Kerkin North Road Pimpama;

• $6.2m - Computer/Pearson Road intersection upgrade;

• $30m - construct essential transport infrastructure including new and upgraded key roads and intersections;

• $6.4m to maintain, renew and upgrade traffic signals; and

• $2.5m upgrading bus stops.

“This level of investment is unprecedented. Our City Budget survey attracted 3462 formal responses as well as 57,378 social media polling votes.

“A strong sentiment from the survey was residents wanting more frequent (and reliable) public transport and while this is a State Government obligation, we have committed to a five-year trial for more reliable and frequent bus services in the north (50:50 matched funding from State). We are awaiting State confirmation to match our funding.

“We are also committed to our share of funding for light rail Stage 3 to Burleigh ($11.8m this financial year for a total of $92m for the entire project).

“I am delighted that our commitment to free seniors and veterans travel remains. For this, we have invested $1.3 million with more than 40,000 eligible passengers now enjoying this service.’’