The Gold Coast has secured some funding in the latest Queensland Budget.
As expected there is plenty for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
$1.6 million will be spent on upgrading the Burleigh Fire Station.
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Coral Gardens will secure a replacement Ambulance Station.
More than $64 million has been set aside for roads projects, and the Gold Coast Rapid Action Patrol group will get $11.2 million.
But no funding has been included for Stage Two of the Light Rail project, which would have connected trams to trains.
Surfers MP and Shadow Treasurer John Paul Langbroek advised Treasurer Curtis Pitt said “it’s up to the private sector to come to Government and tell Government how they should provide stage two of Light Rail without any Government input”.
And as the private sector has said “it’s called a private public partnership for a good reason, you need to have some sort of public input”.
The Drink Safe Precinct in SURFERS PARADISE will also continue to be funded but Mr Langbroek said “well I’m actually concerned that they’ve taken $24 million out of the Safe Night Out strategy and they’ve reduced the grant funding to the Crime and Corruption Commission for outlaw motorcycle criminal gangs”.
He added “I’m concerned that they’re putting out the welcome mat again for criminal gangs to come back into our city”.
Queensland Council of Unions President John Battams said this budget proves the LNP’s privatisation push wasn’t necessary.
State wide there will be a further crackdown on speeding motorists with over $16 million allocated for new, fixed and mobile speed cameras.
The Gold Coast University Hospital has been allocated $31 million.