Building our city

  • Project typeBusiness & economic development
  • Project schedule2013 – present
  • Contractor nameGriffith University Cities Research Institute
Gold Coast Light Rail

We're working with Griffith University Cities Research Institute to measure how parts of the Gold Coast are changing over time. Tracking the benefits of our investment and infrastructure planning is providing input into future decisions for public policy.

Building our city

In 2013, we partnered with the Griffith University Cities Research Institute on a long-term research and reporting project.

The project measures how parts of the Gold Coast are changing over time and tracks the benefits of infrastructure investment in these areas by Council, State and Federal governments. Research data is used to inform future public policy development and decision making.

Research method:

  • Economic, urban planning, social and environmental indicators are identified, measured and mapped to establish a baseline.
  • These indicators are measured regularly.
  • The results are compared to identify changes.

Our research projects

Building our city is currently reviewing four key projects:

Light Rail Corridor – Parkwood to Broadbeach

The Gold Coast Light Rail is one of the biggest public transport projects in the country. It is the City's largest transport infrastructure project and Queensland's first light rail system.

Stage 1 from Parkwood to Broadbeach was a major step in transforming the city into a modern and accessible destination.

Southport PDA

In 2013, Southport was declared a Priority Development Area (PDA). The Southport PDA Development Scheme was approved by the State government in 2014. This major milestone in planning for the Gold Coast CBD is designed to revitalise Southport.

Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct (GCHKP)

Located at Parklands in Southport, the 200-hectare health and knowledge precinct is a vibrant community where people live, learn and work.

The rapidly growing precinct which hosted the 2018 Commonwealth Games Village, includes Gold Coast University Hospital, Gold Coast Private Hospital, Griffith University and Lumina – the commercial cluster dedicated to life sciences, health and technology-related businesses.

Southern Transport Corridor – Broadbeach to Coolangatta

Planning for the transport corridor extends the existing route from Broadbeach South station to Coolangatta.

Extending the light rail will make it easier to move around the city, reduce congestion on the roads and improve commute times. Connections to residential areas, workplaces and the airport will see continued economic growth, jobs and opportunities.

Residents and tourists will benefit from improved access to beaches, parks, dining and entertainment.

Stage 3 from Broadbeach to Burleigh will be the first step in extending this connection.