The Council of Mayors (SEQ) has welcomed the Queensland Government’s announcement of a $160 million package of road upgrades for the Gold Coast in the lead up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Upgrades to the Gold Coast’s road network, particularly Southport-Burleigh Road and Nerang-Broadbeach Road, have long been identified as a major regional priority as part of the Council of Mayors’ (SEQ) list of key infrastructure projects.
Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chair Cr Graham Quirk said this announcement was a welcome and necessary addition to the region’s Commonwealth Games preparation.
“The Council of Mayors (SEQ) has been pushing for safer, more reliable Gold Coast roads for some time so this announcement is a welcome boost to the region’s road network,” said Cr Quirk.
“South East Queensland is one of Australia’s fastest-growing regions and therefore needs the necessary infrastructure to support this growth. This infrastructure is vital to linking our growing economies across SEQ.”
Gold Coast Mayor Cr Tom Tate welcomed the announcement and said the upgrades would alleviate traffic concerns ahead of the Games.
“These upgrades are identified in our landmark Transport Strategy 2031 and have been a particular focus of our advocacy efforts,” said Cr Tate.
“Increasing capacity along our arterial corridors and at busy intersections will improve safety and reduce commuting times as we manage growth.
“Most importantly, they will leave a tangible and enduring legacy long after the Closing Ceremony in 2018.”
The Council of Mayors (SEQ) has continued to lobby Federal and State Government to address the infrastructure backlog in SEQ and secure investment for the future of the region, including Stage 2 of the Gold Coast Light Rail.
The full list of the Council of Mayors’ (SEQ) priority infrastructure projects is outlined in Investing in Queensland’s Core Growth Region: 2015 Queensland State Advocacy Document and can be viewed at seqmayors.qld.gov.au.