The Mayor has unveiled a last-minute wish list for tomorrow’s state budget, with upgraded M1 interchanges and small business at the top of the list.
The State Budget is due to be handed down by Treasurer Cameron Dick at 2.00pm on Tuesday.
The Queensland Government has already given us a taste of the budget, confirming $71 million will be invested into the local film industry.
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While around $41 million has also been set aside for the state’s racing industry.
Speaking to reporters from the Gold Coast on Monday, Mayor Tom Tate said he would also like to see funding for much-needed upgrades to coast roads.
In particular, the Mayor is calling for a major investment in Exits 38, 41 and 45 on the M1.
“The exit and entry points in the north are crucial,” he said.
“I know the Exit 54 and 57s upgrades were delivered several years ago… but they are already facing bottlenecks.”
Mayor Tate is also requesting work start immediately on the construction of the Coomera Connector, which he says should have a minimum of six lanes.
While a “revamped and increased” investment in small business incentives has also made the list, along with a “renewed focus” on the Health and Knowledge Precinct in Southport with “new benchmarks for delivering jobs to that precinct”.
The Mayor has also called for a Memorandum of Understanding on the city’s hinterland cableway feasibility study, and an investment for a new sound studio on the Gold Coast which could also double as an Olympic venue.
“This will be one of the first City Deals I’ll pursue with the State and Federal governments if we are announced as the 2032 host destination for the Olympics,” he said.
“In my view, we should build a second studio well before 2032. We can utilise it for our booming film industry then take it off-line for any Olympic commitments in 2032.”