Gold Coast’s light and heavy rail set for boosts in federal budget

Road and rail infrastructure projects across the Gold Coast and Queensland are expected to form a big part of the federal government’s budget tomorrow.

The Courier Mail reports that the Sunshine State is set to receive about $1.6 billion which will be spent on various road and rail upgrades between the Gold Coast and Cairns.

The cash splash is also expected to create almost 3,000 jobs, while around the country, around 30,000 jobs will be supported.


$178 million will be spent on pre-construction work on the Gold Coast’s heavy rail track between Kuraby and Beenleigh. That work is due to begin in 2023.

There’s also $126 million announced last week for stage three of the Gold Coast’s light rail.

For the rest of the state, money will be funnelled into the Bruce Highway between Gladstone and Rockhampton, and Mackay to Proserpine.

Around $400 million will be spent on an inland freight route from Charters Towers to Mugindi, and the Cairns Western Arterial road duplication project will get a boost too.

While the federal budget is set to focus on infrastructure and job creation, it’s also expected to extend tax breaks for low and middle-income earners and will include the largest ever aged-care package.

The Job Trainer package is also expected to be extended by another billion dollars, which will be spent training and reskilling the workforce.

The budget will be officially handed down tomorrow.

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This is the only way QLD can get things moving, relying on Federal government handouts because the State generated income is squandered on BS public service roles and salary increases for the tall poppy politicians.