LABOR is set to match the funding promised by the Coalition to extend the Gold Coast light rail south to Burleigh Heads.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is expected to stop by the city today, to confirm he’ll chip in $112 million for Light Rail Stage 3A, the same funding offered by the Prime Minister.
It means the controversial extension will go ahead regardless of which major party wins the federal election in May.
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Labor Senator Murray Watt told myGC it provides certainty for residents.
“The Government has committed this money itself, which means no matter who wins the Federal election, the light rail will be extended to Burleigh Heads,” Senator Watt said.
“So that’s fantastic news for the Gold Coast to have that kind of certainty.
“It’s going to be great for Gold Coast tourists, it’s going to be great for Gold Coast residents.
“It will just continue providing more transport options for Gold Coasters to help us deal with congestion.”
The Queensland government and local council have both promised to help fund the project, but are yet to commit funds.
But, the latest revelation means all three tiers of government is on board with the plans to build on the track that currently stops at Broadbeach South.
All going to plan, Stage 3A will be operational by 2023.