$500m dollar proposal for Gold Coast

The State’s peak motoring body has welcomed a $500 million proposal to improve transport and infrastructure on the Gold Coast.

The Gold Coast Bulletin reported Mayor Tom Tate would propose a record spend in this year’s Council budget to fund major projects and ease congestion on the city’s roads.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the Club was hopeful the proposal would be accepted and commended City of Gold Coast for making transport a top priority for the region.

“It’s pleasing to see funding put towards getting projects like the Sundale Bridge and Capri Bridge duplication out of design and into delivery,” Dr Michael said.

“We need Council to come to the party with funding on projects like Stage 3A of the light rail, and this show of commitment is a step in the right direction. We hope the next Federal Government will follow suit and bridge the current funding gap.”

Dr Michael said while funding for major infrastructure was welcomed, it was critical investments in active and public transport were also made.

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“Next up, we’d like to see Council work with the State Government to deliver new facilities and improve bus service frequency and accessibility throughout the greater Gold Coast, especially areas to the west of the Pacific Motorway and suburbs experiencing high growth like Pimpama and Coomera,” she said.

“Safe walkways, bikeways and more parking spaces which enable the use of mobility devices like electric scooters play a role, so it’s important they’re factored in too.”

As the Federal Election fast approached, Dr Michael urged Queenslanders to have their say on how their taxes should be spent to solve road and transport problems.

“Together with the Australian Automobile Association, we’ve launched the ‘My Money, My Transport’ campaign and give everyone an opportunity to lobby their local leaders on the issues which mattered most to them,” she said.

“Participants can submit their ideas on how issues like road safety or congestion can be improved and be heard by the people they’ll vote to represent them and their community.”

Queenslanders could participate in the ‘My Money, My Transport’ campaign on RACQ’s website.