Mayor Tom Tate promises ‘record spend’ for Gold Coast roads

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate is planning a record spend on roads in next year’s budget.

It comes after the city-wide annual budget survey found an overwhelming amount of responses focused on roads, traffic and public transport.

Many projects will be considered around the coast, to ensure problem spots are addressed for our city’s growing population.


Mayor Tom Tate is expecting to receive a briefing on the different projects on Monday.

“We will continue to invest in smart traffic solutions: creating slipways, widening roads where needed, improved roundabouts, a ferry service trial, additional car parking, greater investment in active-travel solutions, and further funding for public transport which remains a State Government program,’ Mayor Tate said.

The official 2019-2020 budget will be officially delivered on June 13, though Deputy Mayor Donna Gates said an extra $50 million will be allocated to road projects.

“This financial year, we spent on transport about $100 million, I understand next years transport budget will increase that by $50 million,” Ms Gates said.

Deputy Mayor Gates said she was delighted that a key focus of the 2019-2020 transport increase was in the northern growth area.

“I’m advised the north will be given a real kick-along, which is what I have been pushing for. Of course, every project still needs to be approved through the special budget rounds.

“As the city races towards one million people, the State needs to seriously look at better public transport options so people start to use it more,” Ms Gates said.