The Gold Coast is a major winner from a massive infrastructure spend in the Queensland state budget allowing several major projects to get up and running.
An estimated $1.3 billion has been earmarked for infrastructure on the Gold Coast which the government predicts will support 3,900 jobs.
The state’s $1.044 billion commitment for Stage 3 of Light Rail to Burleigh has been confirmed in the budget.
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At least $113 million of that will be spent in the next 12 months allowing construction to finally get underway later this year.
Construction of the Coomera Connector is also on track to start later this year with $115 million allocated over the next 12 months for stage one between Nerang and Coomera.
The government’s ongoing funding for the M1 upgrade between Varsity Lakes and Tugun continues with another $200 million for the project this year.
Money has also been set aside to upgrade Exits 41 and 49 on the M1.
$1.8 billion has been allocated for health and hospital services on the Gold Coast supporting an extra 1330 nurses over the last 12 months along with 345 extra doctors and 98 extra paramedics.
$171 million will be spent maintaining and upgrading schools across the city.
The government is attempting to address the housing crisis on the Gold Coast with $48.7 million allocated to expand and improve social housing in the city.
The Gold Coast’s dive site will receive $4.3 million in funding from the state with the project expected to be up and running early next year.
QLD STATE BUDGET 2021: Gold Coast winners:
Roads and Transport
- M1 Exit 41 – $58.1 million out of total spend of $81.1 million to upgrade Yatala South interchange
- M1 Exit 49 – $8.5 million out of total spend of $110.8 million to upgrade Pimpama interchange
- M1 Varsity Lakes to Tugun – $200 million to of total spend of $1 billion to continue widening of M1
- Coomera Connector, Stage 1 – $115 million out of total spend of $1.531 billion to begin construction of Coomera Connector between Nerang and Coomera
- Light Rail Stage 3 – $113.8 million out of total spend of $1.044 billion to begin construction of light rail extension to Burleigh
- New Gold Coast train stations – $120 million total spend to build new train stations at Pimpama, Helensvale North and Merrimac as part of Cross River Rail
- Ormeau Ambulance Station – $3 million out of total spend of $4.5 million
- Gold Coast University Hospital – $44.8 million to improve facilities and construct new Mental Health Unit
- Gold Coast Health & Knowledge Precinct – $1.4 million out of total spend of $32.8 million
- Robina Hospital – $7.6 million out of total spend of $14.5 million to improve facilities and deliver a second CT scanner
- Varsity Lakes Day Hospital – $500,000 out of total spend of $10.6 million for new equipment to improve efficiency and capacity
- Gold Coast Satellite Hospital – Will share in $265 million for seven new satellite hospitals across the state, but no details on location or completion have been provided
- Gold Coast Health Training – $10 million for nursing and allied health training facilities at Southport TAFE
- Ormeau Woods State School – $7.2 million out of total spend of $9.8 million for new building
- Gainsborough State School – $16.6 million to construct stage two
- New Special School in Coomera – $23.8 million out of total spend of $42.7 million to construct new facility
- Foxwell State Secondary College – $28.3 million out of total spend of $40.3 million to construct stage 2
- Pacific Pines State High School – $24.8 million out of total spend of $26 million for new building
- Southport Special School – $980,00 out of total spend of $1 million to improve school entrance
- Nerang State High School – $591,000 out of total spend of $5 million to upgrade existing hall
- Miami State High School – $971,000 out of total spend of $10 million to deliver a new hall
- Robina TAFE – $10 million to fit out new Robina TAFE campus
- Palm Beach State School – $7.9 million out of total spend of $10.6 million to construct new building
- Palm Beach Currumbin State High School – $5.1 million out of total spend of $10 million to deliver a new hall
- Numinbah Valley State School – $500,000 to upgrade existing amenities block
- $48.7 million to expand and improve social housing on the Gold Coast
Law & Order
- Pimpama Police Station – $5.3 million out of total spend of $6.1 million for new Police station
- Wanding trial – $1 million to trial metal-detecting wands in Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach
Environment & Tourism
- North Shores – $604,546 out of total spend of $1.1 million for Stage 2 development of Mt Tamborine food tourism offering
- Spit Masterplan – $60 million total spend to improve The Spit
- Gold Coast Dive Precinct – $4.3 million out of total spend of $5 million for floating dive site
- Gold Coast Desalination Plant – $8.9 million out of total spend of $16.1 million to replace reverse osmosis membranes
- Hazelwood Luxury Country Retreat – $145,103 out of total spend of $9.2 million for luxury country retreat
- Binna Burra Via Ferrata – $161,700 out of total spend of $1.7 million to construct cliff climbing system using permanent steps
- Gondwana Rainforests – $275,000 to promote cultural ecotourism offerings
- Gold Coast Manufacturing Hub – Funding for new manufacturing hub in Nerang
- Gold Coast Film Industry – $73 million to attract film production in Queensland
Sport & Community
- Robina Raptors Junior Rugby League Football Club – $589,424 out of total spend of $598,953 to construct change rooms and amenities to support female participation
- Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Club – $1 million out of total spend of $2 million to upgrade clubhouse including ground floor disability access
- Palm Beach Currumbin Rugby Union Club – $276,500 out of total spend of $553,000 to construct amenities block with indoor gym, change rooms and admin rooms to support female participation
- Coolangatta AFL – $350,000 out of total spend of $500,000 to construct amenities block to support female participation