QLD BUDGET 2020: What’s in it for the Gold Coast

More than $1 billion will be spent on infrastructure projects across the Gold Coast in a bid to help the city recover from the COVID pandemic.

Roads and transport will see the bulk of the funding with millions going towards the ongoing widening of the M1 between Varsity Lakes and Tugun as well as upgrades to a number of exits.

Just $12.9 million has been set aside to plan the Coomera Connector with work not expected to start until the next financial year.


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The government has allocated $50 million dollars this financial year for construction of Light Rail Stage 3A to Burleigh.

But there’s been no money set aside for planning Stage 4 to the airport, a key wish of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate.

Schools across the Gold Coast will also receive millions of dollars with the Government following through with promises made during the election.

The government’s infrastructure spend on the Gold Coast is estimated to support around 3,500 jobs.

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Coomera Connector 

  • $12.9 million this financial year (out of total cost of $1.531 billion) to complete a business case by mid-year.

M1

  • $10.2 million to upgrade Exit 41 at Yatala (out of total spend oft $82.1 million)
  • $5 million to upgrade Exit 49 at Pimpama (out of total spend of $110.5 million)
  • $6.7 million to upgrade Exit 57 at oxenford (out of total spend of $25 million)
  • $145 million to continue upgrade of M1 between Varsity Lakes and Tugun (total cost $1 billion)

Light Rail 

  • $50.4 million for Stage 3A to Burleigh Heads (total cost $709.9 million)

Schools 

  • $3.7 million for Ormeau Woods State High (out of total spend of $9.8 million)
  • $2.4 million for Ormeau State School (out of total spend of $6.3 million)
  • $4.1 million for Picnic Creek State School (out of total spend of$11.1 million)
  • $22.7 million for new special school in Coomera (out of total spend of$46.1 million)
  • $10 million for Pacific Pine State High School (out of total spend of $26 million)
  • $1 million for Southport Special School
  • $5 million for Nerang State High School (over three years)
  • $10 million for Miami State High School (over four years)
  • $4.8 million for Palm Beach State School (out of total spend of $10.6 million)
  • $10 million for Palm Beach Currumbin State High School (over four years)
  • $10 million for Robina TAFE
  • $18.8 million to expand six Gold Coast TAFE facilities (out of total spend of $28.7 million)

Health 

  • $2.3 million for Gold Coast University Hospital including new Mental Health Unit (out of total spend of $111.4 million)
  • $6.5 million for Robina Hospital (out of total spend of $10 million)
  • $4 million for Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct (out of total spend of $33.4 million)
  • Southern Gold Coast satellite hospital
  • $920,260 for Palm Beach Community Health Centre (out of total spend of $1.4 million)

Emergency Services

  • $1.5 million for new Pimpama Police Station (out of total spend of $6.1 million)
  • $749,000 for upgrade of Southport Ambulance Station and Gold Coast Operations Centre (out of total spend of $10.2 million)

Sport and Community Groups 

  • $2 million for Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Club
  • $253,142 for Robina Raptors Junior Rugby League Club (out of total spend of $378,700)
  • $286,858 for Tweed Coolangatta Junior AFL Club (out of total spend of $500,000)
  • $286,858 for Gold Coast Cricket Club (out of total spend of $500,000)
  • $582,046 for Good Money Store in Southport

Industry

  • $500,000 for manufacturing hub on the Gold Coast (out of total spend of $4.5 million)
  • $2.5 million for Screen Queensland for a reality TV hub (out of total spend of $5 million)

Environment 

  • $23.6 million to implement the Spit Masterplan
  • $746,000 for upgrade to visitor infrastructure in Springbrook National Park
  • $275,000 for cultural engagement in Gondwana Rainforest