THE second stage of the Gold Coast light rail appears to be on its way with the state government opening tenders for the project today.
While no formal agreement has been reached with the Turnbull government for funding, Deputy Prime Minister and Infrastructure Minister Warren Truss and Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate are confident enough that the project will reach a positive outcome quickly.
“While the Federal funding deal is not yet fully realised, the talks between the State and Feds are so promising, the State has decided to press ahead to try to ensure getting Stage II done by the Commonwealth Games,” Mayor Tate said.
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“The City pledging $55m, a change in Federal PM and the willingness by the State to take this next bold step is all coming together to make this project a reality.”
“It will open up easy access of Brisbane residents to visit the heart of our city, generating more local jobs while effectively adding a second airport to our city’s tourism sector infrastructure without having to build it. This may well be the most “value for money” $55m the city has ever spent!”
Proposals for the second stage project will be welcomed today, with hopes the extension from Griffith University to Helensvale will be completed in time for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
It’s reported tenders will be assessed over the Christmas period, with the winner announced in early 2016.
The project is said to create up to 1000 jobs during construction.