A LOCAL MP has added the light rail link and international research centre to the top his shopping list ahead of his visit to Canberra this week.
Southport MP Rob Molhoek is off to the nation’s capital to lobby his federal colleagues on a number of important issues for his electorate.
Speaking ahead of his meetings with Federal Ministers and advisors, Mr Molhoek said he’s keen to highlight the importance of the Gold Coast to the state and national economies.
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“We’re entering a really exciting period for the Gold Coast, as we gear up to host one of the world’s biggest sporting events and the light rail kicks off,” Mr Molhoek said.
“Our public transport system is about to be drastically improved, and our standing as a centre for commerce and business has been given a huge boost by Council officially declaring Southport as the CBD of the Gold Coast.”
He’ll meet with key Ministers and senior advisors to brief them on plans for the International Centre of Excellence for the Clinical Advancement of Neurodiversity, a multi-billion dollar centre for the research and treatment of neurological conditions.
“This will be a game-changer for the Gold Coast – we need support from all levels of Government to realise the vision.”
Mr Molhoek also plans to raise issues with student and significant investor visas programs, brought to his attention by some of the Gold Coast’s leading educational institutions, language schools and visiting business delegations.
“There’s so much interest around Southport and the Gold Coast at the moment – it’s a shame the previous Labor Government’s policies have effectively put such a huge handbreak on International Student numbers and overseas investment.”
He’s also keen to press for a funding commitment for the second stage of the light rail, an issue that’s always been top of mind for the former city Councillor.
“I believe it’s the single most important infrastructure project for the Gold Coast, particularly the heavy rail link as it will open up access to families living in the north and North West of our city to the facilities, jobs and opportunities available along the main strip from Southport through Surfers Paradise to Broadbeach.”