Funding row threatens to delay Stage 3A of Gold Coast light rail

There are fears the light rail extension from Broadbeach to Burleigh Heads could be delayed because of a dispute over funding.

The Morrison Government has promised $112 million in federal funding for Stage 3A, with Labor pledging to match it.

But Council says the project needs more money from Canberra to get it up and running.


Mayot Tom Tate will today formally lobby the Commonwealth Government and Opposition to make a pre-election commitment to meet any shortfall in light rail funding.

“The Feds need to find another $45 million to meet the same proportional funding they provided for Light Rail Stage 2.

“It’s that simple.

“This additional money is just 1.125 percent of the Federal Government’s recently-announced $4 billion Urban Congestion Fund. That’s our city’s fair share and we want it,” Mayor Tate said.

Stage 3A is expected to cost $660 million which puts the Federal Government’s contribution at 17 per cent.

Council’s contribution is expected to be around 10 per cent with the State Government to cover the remaining cost.

Mayor Tate has called an emergency meeting for next week to further discuss the standoff, and whether or not Council can come up with funds to ensure the project gets underway.

It was originally hoped that construction on Stage 3A could get underway later this year with a view to having the line open by late 2021.

That’s now expected to be pushed back by up to a year.