Gold Coast Train

A welcome announcement for Gold Coast to Brisbane fast rail

A fast rail line from Gold Coast to Brisbane has been given the thumbs up by the Prime Minister.

Scott Morrison has committed $8 million to fund a business case today for the project, that will see a 32 minute commute to Brisbane for Gold Coasters.

The plan will also look at a track down to the Gold Coast Airport.

The current travel time into Brisbane on the existing rail takes 74 minutes with the train travelling at around 69 kilometres an hour.

If the fast rail line goes ahead, the speed would more than double to 160 kilometres an hour.

The line will be part of a congestion busting plan, which is believed to be among five funded rail projects across the country, aiming to better connect capital cities to regional areas.

The Federal Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews, is elated with the announcement.

“It’s great news for motorists who are stuck on the M1 particularly those heading north on the Gold Coast through to Brisbane.

“This has been a long time coming but work is now underway,” Ms Andrews said.

While an exact timeline hasn’t been established yet, The Minister for Industry, Science and Technology is confident the plans will stick.

“The money is already committed so it will be in the budget.”

“The Liberal National Government is hitting the button right now to get the business case started.”

“The money is there. We’re ready to go,” Ms Andrews said.

The Gold Coast based MP says she more than understands how desperately this project is needed.

“As a local MP here on the Coast I have worked hard on this for a number of years.

“Just the other day I was driving up to Brisbane and it was two hours from Varsity through to the CBD and that’s just not good enough.

“We need to get people off the M1 and on to rail and fast rail will reduce the time that it takes to commute from the Gold Coast to Brisbane.

“It’s going to be an absolute game changer,” Ms Andrews said.

Deputy Mayor Donna Gates says the announcement is great news for the Gold Coast, but hopes that the construction process will be as quick as possible.

“We’d love to see the business case fast tracked as well as the trains.

“It’s a great thing for this city that we’re being recognised.

“There’s one in seven Australian voters live in the South-East Queensland Quarter.

“We need to be taken seriously, we have terrible congestion, our trains are at capacity, people are standing up.

“It’s time we had some better public transport,” Ms Gates said.

Verdi's Requiem HOTA Outdoor Stage

Don’t think you like opera? Here’s why you should see Verdi’s Requiem

After the success of opera on the beach last year, Opera Queensland is bringing the epic Verdi’s Requiem to our Outdoor Stage as part of Bleach* the Gold Coast Festival.

Far removed from what you’d experience at a stuffy concert hall, this is opera Gold Coast style – outdoors under the stars, picnic rugs, thongs and cold drinks. It will be a great night out or a great end to a day spent on the beach.

But this is no classical cchill-out– with 80 musicians in the orchestra, 60 singers and 4 opera singers Verdi’s Requiem is an intense experience with an amazing array of sound and dynamism.

Sung in Latin and Italian (with subtitles on the big screens) you’ll be moved by the energy, drama and sheer exuberance of the performance. The well-known Dies Irae is pure orchestral rock ‘n’ roll.

Verdi's Requiem

PHOTO: Supplied by Bleach | © Paul Blackmore

Big screens will show incredibly rich visuals that respond to the music – of natural disasters and communities in strife and the fragility of our environment.

And in the precinct, you’ll be surrounded by large fire sculptures, religious and pagan imagery to really set the scene for the evening. And for some amazing photos, of course!

If you’re thinking about trying something new this year, then we recommend a night at the opera, Gold Coast style.

Get your tickets now to see Verdi’s Requiem play our Outdoor Stage 7:30pm Saturday 27.

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Limbo Unhinged Heather Holliday

WATCH: See Limbo Unhinged star Heather Holliday swallow a sword

Limbo Unhinged will wow Gold Coast audiences next month, with show to headline the line-up on offer at Spiegeltent Gold Coast during Bleach Festival.

The production from the creators of Blanc de Blanc features an international cast, including Coney Island’s sword swallower and vintage beauty, Heather Holliday.

Heather started her career as a high school intern at the Coney Island Circus Sideshow and held the title of the Youngest Female Sword Swallower in the world when she was a teenager.

myGC caught up with Heather poolside at The Star Gold Coast to get a taste of what locals can expect at the show. Watch below:

For more information on Limbo Unhinged, visit: spiegeltentgoldcoast.com

Flan Wayne Grady

GC Celebrity Pro-Am and Gala Dinner 2019

Flan caught up with Wayne Grady about the GC Celebrity Pro-Am and Gala Dinner which this year is proudly supporting Ashton’s Place, a new foundation helping local families who have children with an autism spectrum disorder.

Watch: Route of Gold Coast’s new ‘M2’ motorway revealed [video]

THE route of the Gold Coast’s new ‘M2’ motorway has been locked in, with the final stretch now officially mapped out.

The State Government on Sunday announced the final route of the six-lane road had been gazetted, allowing it to be protected from new development.

It will run for 42km between Nerang and Logan and is tipped to take around 60,000 cars off the congested M1.

Dubbed the Coomera Connector, the new road will be located east of the M1 and, starting from Nerang-Broadbeach Road in Nerang, will travel through Helensvale, Coomera, Pimpama, Ormeau, Stapylton and Eagleby before connecting with the Logan and Pacific Motorway interchanges.

Source: Department of Transport and Main Roads

Source: Department of Transport and Main Roads

Source: Department of Transport and Main Roads

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the new road was essential to alleviating congestion on the M1 and would provide an important north-to-south transport link for north Gold Coast communities.

“With more than 180,000 vehicles travelling on the M1 each day and strong population growth on the northern Gold Coast, we need to plan for the region’s future transport demands,” Mr Bailey said.

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“We want people to spend more time at home with their family and friends and less time in traffic, and that means responsibly planning now for growing communities between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

“Now, the entire 45 kilometre Coomera Connector corridor – including the final northern stretch to the Logan Motorway – has been officially gazetted as a future state-controlled road.”

The Nerang to Coomera section was gazetted in March 2016 and the Coomera to Stapylton section in May 2017.

The corridor has been identified in various public planning documents, such as published street directories, regional transport plans, planning studies and City of Gold Coast planning schemes since the 1990s.

Formerly known as the intra-regional transport corridor, the new road will provide more choices for local traffic and additional crossings of the Logan, Coomera and Nerang Rivers.

It’s also expected to cut travel time between the Coast and the Capital by reducing the number of local trips on the M1.

Mr Bailey said there was still plenty of work to do to bring the project to life.

‘‘The community will continue to be involved in future stages of planning for the corridor,” he said.

“Opportunities for consultation will be both in person at a series of information sessions and online.

“Community members will be able to learn more about the project and provide feedback using digital engagement tools such as collaborative mapping.’’

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The Palaszczuk Government has committed $5 million to undertake transport planning studies for the corridor.

Residents who live or have properties along the gazetted route have already been notified, while community information sessions are still being planned along the length of the corridor to gain community input into the short-listed options.

The community will also be given a chance to provide feedback about the project online.

A master plan will then be developed to determine the preferred option for the corridor and help determine how delivery of the project could be staged.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads says a timeline for construction has not yet been identified and will depend on the future traffic growth in the surrounding area and availability of funding.

The Department says it is also liaising with property owners regarding land sales and development applications and early acquisition of properties “may occur in some hardship circumstances”.

Planning continues to progress for the alignment.

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