An additional 2,300 jobs will be created on the Gold Coast thanks to the State Government’s commitment to spend more than $680 million on coast infrastructure.
Queensland Treasurer Jackie Trad handed down her first budget on Tuesday, with significant expenditure committed to our city.
Part of the infrastructure budget will include $70.4 million out of $197.5 million to provide additional lanes on the Pacific Motorway between the heavily congested Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes, $2 million to plan for Stage 3 of Gold Coast Light Rail, $13.9 million to remediate batter slopes on the Gold Coast – Springbrook Road and $8.4 million out of a total of $15.5 million to restore Lamington National Park Road.
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The Gold Coast Education sector has also benefited from the budget, with more than $81 million in funding for maintenance and capital work projects for schools.
The new funding includes $9.5 million in 2018-19 on a $45 million project to build a new secondary school in Coomera as well as $3.3 million out of a total of $31 million to continue construction of the new Picnic Creek State School in Coomera.
Other funding for education will go to:
- $8 million for a two-storey learning centre with 12 extra classrooms and design studios at Pacific Pines State High School.
- $7.3 million out of $10.1 million total spend to build 12 learning areas and two specialist areas at Helensvale State High School.
- $6.5 million out of $7.8 million to build new learning areas and three specialist areas at Ormeau Woods State High School.
- $1.5 million out of $8.3 million total spend to provide six new learning areas and two specialist areas at Palm Beach-Currumbin State High School.
- $9.2 million out of $16.5 million to build a new Performing Arts Centre and 15 new learning areas and nine specialist areas at Pimpama State Secondary College.
- $2.2 million out of $12.2 million to build six new learning areas and nine specialist areas at Tamborine Mountain State High School.
Incredibly, $1.5 billion has been committed to health on the Gold Coast, with a record $18.3 billion invested across the state.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the $18.3 billion health budget was up $798.7 million on the year before.
“I make no apologies for spending the biggest share of our budget on health,” the Premier said.
“Our most important job is caring for the sick.”
$3.6 million will go towards replacing air handling units in the mental health buildings at Robina Hospital, $3 million will help with the replacement of radiology and archiving systems and $3 million will go towards developing a nine-hectare health and knowledge precinct within the Parklands Priority Development Area.
Member for Gaven, Meaghan Scanlon, has hailed the 2018-19 State Budget, saying it invests heavily in the Gold Coast.
“I am delighted that this budget will see the Palaszczuk Government investing heavily in the regional economy and providing the infrastructure that will serve the region well into the future,” she said.
Other significant projects include:
- $2.4 million out of $11.5 million to build a new police facility at Arundel.
- $2.2 million of $9.8 million to upgrade Bundall substation.
- $274,000 of $1.5 million to construct new playing fields and sports facilities at the Coplicks Family Sports Park at Tallebudgera.
- $648,000 out of $4 million maintenance project at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.
- $500,000 to extend amenities block at cricket facility in Robina.
- $4.5 million out of $7.9 million project to improve sports and recreation activities in Tallebudgera.
- $4.9 million out of $12.3 million total spend to dredge navigation channels and provide safe access to Gold Coast waterways.
- $7.7 million for specialist homelessness services.
- $2.6 million of a $16.9 million upgrade at the Labrador substation.
- $500,000 out of $3 million total to build a new fire and rescue station at Pimpama.
- $38.4 million for social housing.
- $800,000 of $1.1 million spend to upgrade visitor facilities at Springbrook National Park.
- $250,000 of $1 million to support the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation.