Fresh hope for Gold Coast light rail project

THERE is speculation stage two of the light rail project will get more backing now Malcolm Turnbull is in charge.

Mr Turnbull defeated Tony Abbott in a liberal leadership spill by ten votes on Monday night and will be sworn in as the new Prime Minister before 2pm on Tuesday.

Member for Fadden Stuart Robert said Mr Turnbull is a fan of the Gold Coast light rail project.


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Mr Robert confirmed “he and I have discussed rail at the city’s dinner with the Australian American leadership dialogue last month extensively about how light rail adds to urban environments”.

He added “I’ll certainly be making it a priority to be engaging with him and the Deputy Prime Minister who I’ve already been speaking to about how we can assist in terms of light rail”.

Mr Robert did say that the project is really a State responsibility but said they do understand that the “State is struggling and not living up to those responsibilities so we can’t allow the people of the Gold Coast to miss out just because the State Labor Government can’t manage its money”.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk recently criticised Mr Abbott over his refusal to hand over any cash to help connect trams to trains.

The plan is to build an extension from the end of the line at Griffith University to Helensvale Train Station, hopefully in time for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Member for McPherson Karen Andrews also said she is focussed on delivering transport infrastructure for the Gold Coast.

She also commented on the change of leadership saying that “Malcolm Turnbull has been a regular visitor to the Gold Coast, he knows it well and I’m sure that he will have the best interests of the Gold Coast at heart”.

She said Mr “Turnbull has promised to be consultative in his approach and recognises there are a wide range of views on any issue”.

Ms Andrews said Mr Turnbull has made it very clear “he is prepared to listen”.

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