The Mayor is hoping the state government learns a lesson out of light rail stage three if we’re to have stage four in place by the Olympics.
The extension through to Burleigh blew out the budget by more than $300 million, and now won’t be completed until the end of 2024.
Canberra came to the rescue with an additional $126.6 million, while the state government will have to supply the rest. Gold Coast Council hasn’t had to put up any extra costs.
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The budget issues and timeline delays came down to contract negotiations, but Mayor Tom Tate says that probably could have been helped if that state began the negotiations sooner.
“With stage four if you plan early and have negotiations with contracts done early in the piece, how to do things, that’s going to be the best value for money to deliver that infrastructure.
“If you leave it to later, case and point – stage three, things do go off the rails,” Mayor Tate said on Monday.
It comes as Council’s transport and infrastructure committee will meet tomorrow to discuss plans for the stage four extension all the way through to the airport.
Mayor Tom Tate says they’re making sure everything adds up on their end, and he’ll be encouraging the state to get cracking on their part too.
“We’re jointly funding the business case study and the engineering. We put in $5 million and the state put in $5 million.
But I’m saying, once that’s done and the consultation’s done, we should do detailed engineering good enough for tendering,” the Mayor said.