State Budget 2019: Gold Coast gets billions but no cash for light rail

The Treasurer has promised billions of dollars for Gold Coast projects after handing down the State Budget today.

But there’s a glaring omission from the budget papers – no money for Light Rail Stage 3A, with serious concerns about the future of the extension to Burleigh.

The Government has not allocated any money for Light Rail as it continues a funding row with Canberra.


The Federal Government has committed $112 million, but Transport Minister Mark Bailey insists they need to put more money on the table to get it up and running.

“Until we get a fair share offer from the Federal Government it is going to be difficult to get Stage 3 going, we need that commitment from Canberra as we have had in the past and sadly it’s not there at the moment,” Mr Bailey said.

A total of $807.5 million has been earmarked for Gold Coast infrastructure projects in 2019-20, which is tipped to support 2,500 jobs.

The M1 will see a total of $1.5 billion over the next few years for vital upgrades between Mudgeeraba and Tugun as well as upgrades to Exits 41 and 49.

Schools on the Gold Coast will receive a huge boost with $114.8 million to be spent on new schools as well as upgrading and maintaining existing ones.

$1.6 billion has been allocated in the budget for the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service with money also set aside for upgrades at Robina Hospital.

Small businesses on the Gold Coast will benefit from a lifting in the payroll tax exemption from $1.1 million to $1.3 million.

What the Gold Coast has been promised in the State Budget: 


  • $12 million (out of total $25 million) to upgrade Exit 57 at Oxenford.
  • $96 million to upgrade Exit 41 at Yatala and Exit 49 at Pimpama (dependent on Federal Government matching funding).
  • $65.5 million (out of total $197.5 million) for the widening of M1 between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes.
  • $45 million (out of total $1.03 billion) to widen M1 between Varsity Lakes and Tugun.
  • $10 million for a business case and analysis for the Coomera Connector.
  • $29,000 (out of total $83,000) for Sarabah Road floodway following Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
  • $120 million for three new railway stations at Pimpama, Helensvale North and Worongary/Merrimac as part of Cross River Rail project.


  • $8.3 million (out of $8.7 million total) for Ormeau State School for construction of a new building.
  • $14.8 million in 2019-20 (out of $54.2 million) for new primary school in Pimpama.
  • $3.9 million in 2019-20 (out of total $5.5 million) for Pimpama State Primary College to construct a new building with eight learning areas.
  • $43.5 million for Stage One of new secondary school in Coomera.
  • $4.2 million (out of total $9.9 million) to construct a new building at Tamborine Mountain State High School for a new building.
  • $3.7 million (out of total $7 million) for a new building at Pacific Pines State High School.
  • $2.1 million (out of total $10.4 million) for new building at Southport State High School.
  • $6.5 million (out of total $7.6 million) for new building at Broadbeach State School.
  • $2.2 million (out of total $10.5 million) for new building at Palm Beach Currumbin State High School.
  • $15 million for Gold Coast TAFE to refurbish and expand training facilities.
  • $353,000 to deliver the First 5 Forever family literacy initiative.


  • $2.6 million (out of total $9.9 million) for refurbishments, upgrades and replacements at Robina Hospital
  • $2.8 million (out of total $3.1 million) to provide a youth mental health day program facility on the Gold Coast.
  • $3.4 million (out of total $12.8 million) to replace medical imaging informatics solution at Gold Coast University Hospital.
  • $2.4 million (out of total $31 million) to develop a 9.5 hectare Health and Knowledge Precinct.


  • $2 million (out of total $3 million) for new permanent fire and rescue station at Pimpama.
  • $10.8 million (out of total $11.5 million) for new Police facility at Arundel.


  • $106,370 (out of total $199,944) for Colleges Rugby Union Club to construct an amenities block to support female participation at Ashmore
  • $79,200 (out of total $80,000) for Nerang BMX Club to upgrade track.
  • $96,212 (out of total $180,850) for Surfers Paradise Rugby Union Club to upgrade amenities to support female participation at Albert Park.
  • $266,000 (out of total $500,000) for Gold Coast District Cricket Club to extend amenities block to support female participation in Robina.
  • $148,5000 (out of total $150,000) for Tallebudgera Pony Club to repair a cross country course and a storage and mezzanine structure.
  • $266,000 (out of total $500,000) for Tweed Cooolangatta Junior Australian Rules Club to build an amenities block for female athletes.


  • $60 million to support the delivery of the Spit Master Plan.
  • $2.7 million to build a tourist/research facility at Dreamworld.
  • $467,000 (out of total $4 million) to enhance the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.
  • $650,000 (out of total $1.6 million) to upgrade and replace visitor facilities in Lamington National Park.
  • $500,000 (out of total $750,000) to upgrade toilet facilities in Springbrook National Park.

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Very disappointing that the Light Rail Stage 3a is not receiving any State Government funding. Don’t they listen to people’s concerns on the ever increasing road conjestion on the Gold Coast?

Is the state govt going to use the light rail extension stage 3A funding as a 2020 election voting carrot? I cannot think of any other reason.Totally agree with Gary Williams.