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Grow, connect and find balance – that’s the way ahead

Thanks to its enviable lifestyle, more people are choosing to live, visit, study, start a business and raise a family on the Gold Coast.

As a growing city, this means we have to balance the need to deliver the frontline services Gold Coasters expect, but at a price ratepayers can afford.

I’m pleased to say for the eighth consecutive year, the 2019-20 budget does just that and keeps rates low and at or around CPI. This is one of the lowest rate rises in the past eight budgets, meaning we are doing our part in keeping cost of living pressures down for our residents.

Gold Coasters can rest assured that their Council is respecting ratepayers’ funds by aligning its spending priorities with those priorities identified through our ongoing community engagement. This year the message was clear – Gold Coasters told us that traffic, transport, safety and open space management were their top priorities.

This budget reflects these priorities by growing our investment in all of these areas, connecting our city physically and culturally, and allowing everyone to enjoy the lifestyle balance our city is famous for.

Record spending on roads and transport will see over $280 million targeted at congestion busting works to help provide more reliable travel times, less queuing and improved safety across the transport network. By investing in pathways and cycleways we are connecting people by linking neighbourhoods to schools, parks and the beach.

The next 12 months will also see our parks and open spaces continue to grow, with the restoration of 64 hectares of green space in the Arundel section of Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area and the new 32 hectare Gainsborough Parklands, boasting eight sports fields, a dog off leash area, playground and wetlands.

We are also investing heavily in new park equipment, including more shade sails for our parks, better lighting and a revamp of some of our popular mega playgrounds. The 2019–20 City Budget ensures investment is made across the Gold Coast so that everyone can grow, connect and find balance in the city and lifestyle we love.

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