The Gold Coast is set for a couple of upgrades, as part of the state government’s recent round of stimulus support.
The $50 million ‘Unite and Recover Community Stimulus Package’ was unveiled in state parliament yesterday, and hopes to create around 1500 jobs throughout South East Queensland.
Funds will be distributed through the region’s 12 councils for 63 projects.
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The Gold Coast is in for just two of those projects, an upgrade to the intersection of Sunshine Boulevard and Surfers Avenue in Mermaid Waters and an upgrade to the Yawalpah Road and Gawthern Drive intersection in Pimpama.
$1.4 million will be spent on the intersection in Mermaid Waters, which is tipped to create or support around 30 jobs and include traffic lights.
While, $600,000 will be spent on the intersection in Pimpama, which will also include traffic lights in support of the new Pimpama North Primary School.
Gold Coast City Mayor Tom Tate has thanked the state government for the boost.
“It’s been a tough time for our community and these projects will not only create jobs, they will improve liveability and safety,” Mayor Tate said.
“We will get them moving as soon as possible to ensure they are delivered quickly for local families and visitors.”
A further three projects have been pinned for the Scenic Rim area, including new footpath connections, a public amenity upgrade and replacement and caravan facility upgrades at Lake Moogerah.
Those projects total over $4 million in funding and will create or support almost 150 jobs.
“Throughout the Gold Coast City Council and Scenic Rim Regional Council areas, five projects are receiving $6.02 million which the councils estimate will create or support 206 local jobs. It is a really great outcome,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
“This package builds on the $50 million allocated to the 12 SEQ councils through the COVID Works for Queensland program to make $100 million worth of job-creating projects aimed at helping the region unite and recover from the impacts of the global pandemic.
“This package is an integral part of Queensland’s plan to stimulate the economy at a time when the major economies across the globe are hurting,” she added.
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