Gold Coast Council pushes forward with light rail funding despite federal snub

Gold Coast Council is working on a deal with the State Government to ensure the next stage of the light rail can go ahead.

It comes after both the Federal Government and Opposition ignored a plea from Mayor Tom Tate to increase their funding pledge for the project.

Last week, Mayor Tate said both pledges of $112 million is simply not enough, and called for an extra $45 million, to match the percentage amount pledged for stage 2 of the light rail.


He sent letters to both Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Labor Leader Bill Shorten, though confirmed yesterday he’d had no response, but his message was still clear.

“Be fair about it, they should match the percentage funding of light rail stage 2.

“From Council point of view, if we’re fair about it, the Federal Government should be fair about it,” Mayor Tate said.

The only Federal Labor Senator on the Gold Coast, Senator Murray Watt, told Newscorp that light rail funding simply isn’t a priority for the party, and that they’re more focused on easing local congestion by building the Cross River Rail up north, and funding M1 upgrades.

Gold Coast Council met behind closed doors yesterday, to give certainty of their position over funding for the project to the State Government.