Federal govt finally commits funding for the Coomera Connector

The Coomera Connector project is now set to go ahead, with the federal government committing its share of the funding for the first stage.

$762 million has been earmarked for the project in tomorrow’s federal budget, which is set to focus on ‘building our way out’ of the coronavirus crisis by creating jobs.

The money will see the first part of the highly anticipated Coomera Connector get underway, after the Queensland government committed their half of the funding last month.


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Construction is tipped to start mid-2021, on the stretch between Carrara and the Coomera Marine Precinct.

Gaven MP Meaghan Scanlon told myGC it’s great news for the Gold Coast.

“This is one of the biggest road projects in Queensland, as an almost $1.5 billion new road, in terms of the Nerang to Coomera stretch.

“This is a massive win for Gold Coasters, and shows that we’ve been working really cooperatively with the federal government to get as many infrastructure projects done as possible.

“This project will delivery around 700 direct jobs, so it’s great news not only for motorists but for tradies.

“So of course when we have the detailed designs, and we award contracts, we’ll certainly let tradies know so that they can apply for some of this work,” Ms Scanlon said.

The funding is part of the federal government budget, due to be released in full tomorrow.

$7.56 billion of additional expenditure will be spend on roads, rail and infrastructure around the country, in an effort to create jobs and recover the economy from coronavirus.

The Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack told the ABC it’s the only way through this.

“This is the recession we didn’t need to have. We want to build and construct our way out of it.

“I know that agriculture and resources has been largely carrying the country. Indeed, as has regional areas through COVID-19.

“We want infrastructure, we need infrastructure. Our Australian people deserve the very best infrastructure and tomorrow’s budget will deliver just that,” Minister McCormack said.

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700 jobs…. Shouldn’t take long to build then hey?

The headline says “finally” in regards to Federal funds. This is incorrect as the State Government on just formally requested it and the Commonwealth delivered in the very next budget. Poor headline