Roadworks ahead: Gold Coast 2019/20 budget to spend big on transport

The Gold Coast Council is about to go on a transport spending spree, after announcing record funding for congestion-busting works.

The 2019/2020 budget was officially unveiled this morning, and has already been celebrated by the Mayor as the eighth consecutive budget surplus.

That means rate payers can enjoy a lower rate increase of just 1.68 percent – the second lowest in eight years.


“This is the longest period in our history that rate increases have remained so low, setting a low rates trend as the way ahead for the city.

“This budget delivers the front line services ratepayers expect, at a price they can afford,” Mayor Tom Tate said.

A record $280 million will be spent on building better roads and transport projects, with big ticket items to include an extra lane each way on the Sundale Bridge, the second bridge connecting the Isle of Capri with Surfers Paradise and local road upgrades to coincide with the state’s planned works around the M1 in the northern corridor.

Deputy Mayor Donna Gates says the significant investment in transport will focus on improving road networks around growth areas and industrial areas.

“There’s been a large focus on the the northern road network primarily because traffic cannot access our M1 – our local road network does need upgrading.

“An additional western service road to the M1, travelling from Rifle Range Road to Tilleyroen Road – so between exits 49 and 45.

“So there will be another thoroughfare that will provide a complete connection.

“There’s also significant funding for the Yatala enterprise area – because we recognise that that industry-prone area has grown.

“Improvements to our road networks in our industrial job generating precincts are crucial to creating more jobs into the future,” Deputy Mayor Gates said.

See a full transport spend break down below.

Another major spend for the 2019/2020 budget is $324 million on parks, recreation and culture, and almost $45 million on conservation and environment projects.

Over the next 12 months our parks and open spaces will continue to grow, with the planned restoration of 64 hectares of green space in the Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area and the new 32 hectare Gainsborough Parklands.

Just under $56 million will be spent on economic development, including beefing up the city’s image to ensure investment and job opportunities continue to come in for locals.

Mayor Tom Tate and Deputy Mayor Donna Gates. PHOTO | Monique St Clair

Here’s the breakdown.

Road and Transport Commitments: 

Pearson Road, Yatala – $6.65 million
Golden Four Drive, Tugun – $2 million
Old Pacific Highway, Yatala – $2 million
Boundary Street, Coolangatta – $1 million
Ward Street, Coolangatta – $1 million
Petri Street, Coolangatta – $769,739
Cotlew Street, Ashmore – $340,897
Upgrading Old Coach Road Stage 1 – $6.8 million
upgrading Old Coach Road to Days Road – $1.2 million
Duplication Yawalpah Road, Pimpama – $6.4 million
Upgrading Pitcairn wair/Binstead Way, Pacific Pines – $500,000
Upgrading George Alexander Way, Coomera – $225,000
Upgrading Tillyroen Road and Upper Ormeau Road intersection – $2.8 million
Planning and delivering Light Rail stage 3A – $4.75 million
Ferry service trial $1.68 million
Sundale Bridge and Waterways Drive, Mainbeach  -$14.7 million
Isle of Capri Decongestion project – $25 million

Environment and Conservation:

Maintain landscaped areas throughout the city –  $18,698,139
Maintain grassed areas throughout the city – $9,096,913
Manage and maintain turf on local sporting fields across the city – $3,963,640
Manage over 13,000 hectares of bushland across the city – $7,140,226
Secure strategic land assets for future public use before being developed – $6,321,000
Maintain parks throughout the city including tree pruning and removal, planting and responding to over 8,000 annual requests for tree maintenance – $7,407,231
Bushfire management including hazard reduction burns, fire management planning, fire breaks, fire trail construction and vegetation management – $2,037,210
Robina City Parklands – early works to provide playgrounds, event space and walking tracks – $3,770,463
Maintain Southport Broadwater Parklands including turf maintenance, landscaping, park assets, cleaning, vandalism repairs and graffiti removal – $3,150,590
Design Stage 3B of the Broadwater Parklands redevelopment including planning for the upgrade of Washington Waters Park – $652,900
Continue to develop a master plan for the Greenheart for residents and visitors – $300,250
Pizzey Park Skate Park upgrade – $256,250
Shade structures for playgrounds – $150,000
Park shelter upgrades – $307,500
Play equipment upgrades at 26 locations – $1,178,750
Maintain and repair assets throughout the city including park furniture, skate parks, BMX tracks and BBQs – $12,049,787
Koala Conservation Program – $1,238,896

Economic Development:

Business support, including Emerging Exporters and Investment Attraction Programs – $6,782,394
Southport CBD development initiatives – $1,200,000
Civic events  – $702,680
Major event support and sponsorship – $6,946,842
Cultural precinct development (new HOTA gallery, new Green Bridge, HOTA contribution) – $55,207,233
Deliver the Music Action Plan 2021 – $745,000
Indigenous arts program – $138,650
Innovative art and cultural development programs; creating opportunities for local artists – $3,532,486
Art acquisition for City’s Art Gallery – $200,000
Funding for Study Gold Coast – $3,275,000
Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct development – $250,000
Digital City Implement the Digital City Program, including implementation of real-time services – $1,000,000
Tourism Infrastructure Dive site – $4,500,000