Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate says his team is in the process of crunching numbers on the feasibility of extending the light rail from Broadbeach to Burleigh Heads.
He said the proposed eight kilometre stretch of rail would be a “value uplift” for the city’s public transport infrastructure – and that the engineering solutions were currently being worked out.
“As soon as that’s done we can present [the proposal] to State and Federal Government,” he said.
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“There’s a lot of value there. There’ll be increases in property value, State will get more of their tax coming in like the stamp duties, and the GST – the Federal Government will get some of that.”
The Mayor added that his aim was to have the Broadbeach-Burleigh Heads stage ready to begin as soon as Stage 2 – connecting Southport to Helensvale station – is finished in early 2018.
After that, Mayor Tate says the ultimate plan will involve running light rail all the way to the Gold Coast Airport, and encouraging the bus service to adapt its schedule to make it easier for more people to use public transport.
He says the costing for the Broadbeach-Burleigh Heads stage will be part of Council budge discussions around May next year.