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GOLD COAST BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS

June 12, 2018

Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon has hailed the 2018-19 State Budget that delivers on the Palaszczuk Government’s election commitments and invests heavily in the Gold Coast.

New funding includes $2 million to plan for Stage 3 of Gold Coast Light Rail, while there is funding to meet a range of election commitments including a new secondary school in Coomera. 

The Budget provides funding for a new police facility at Arundel and $38.4 million for social housing and $7.7 million for specialist homelessness services across the Gold Coast. 

And there is $175,000 to deliver the First 5 Forever family reading initiative through pre-school literacy sessions at libraries.

Roads Infrastructure 

  • $70.4 million out of $197.5 million to provide additional lanes on the Pacific Motorway between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes, due for completion in May 2020.
  • $13.9 million in 2018-19 out of $21.1 million total spend on the Gold Coast – Springbrook Road to remediate batter slopes.
  • $8.4 million out of a total of $15.5 million to restore Lamington National Park Road.

Health

  • $3 million out of a total of $6.7 million for replacement of radiology and archiving systems.
  • $200,000 of $6.2 million to start planning to replace the Gold Coast Queensland Ambulance Operations Centre.
  • $3 million of $29.4 million total spend to develop a nine-hectare health and knowledge precinct within the Parklands Priority Development Area.
  • $3.6 million out of $4.7 million to replace air handling units in the mental health buildings at Robina Hospital.

Education

  • $8 million for a two-storey learning centre with 12 extra classrooms and design studios at Pacific Pines State High School.
  • $7.3 million out of $10.1 million total spend to build 12 learning areas and two specialist areas at Helensvale State High School.
  • $9.5 million in 2018-19 on a $45 million project to build a new secondary school in Coomera.
  • $6.5 million out of $7.8 million to build new learning areas and three specialist areas at Ormeau Woods State High School.
  • $1.5 million out of $8.3 million total spend to provide six new learning areas and two specialist areas at Palm Beach-Currumbin State High School.
  • $3.3 million out of a total of $31 million to continue construction of the new Picnic Creek State School in Coomera.
  • $9.2 million out of $16.5 million to build a new Performing Arts Centre and 15 new learning areas and nine specialist areas at Pimpama State Secondary College.
  • $2.2 million out of $12.2 million to build six new learning areas and nine specialist areas at Tamborine Mountain State High School.

Significant other projects

  • $2.4 million out of $11.5 million to build a new police facility at Arundel.
  • $2.2 million of $9.8 million to upgrade Bundall substation.
  • $274,000 of $1.5 million to construct new playing fields and sports facilities at the Coplicks Family Sports Park at Tallebudgera.
  • $648,000 out of $4 million maintenance project at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.
  • $500,000 to extend amenities block at cricket facility in Robina.
  • $4.5 million out of $7.9 million project to improve sports and recreation activities in Tallebudgera.
  • $4.9 million out of $12.3 million total spend to dredge navigation channels and provide safe access to Gold Coast waterways.
  • $7.7 million for specialist homelessness services.
  • $2.6 million of a $16.9 million upgrade at the Labrador substation.
  • $500,000 out of $3 million total to build a new fire and rescue station at Pimpama.
  • $38.4 million for social housing.
  • $800,000 of $1.1 million spend to upgrade visitor facilities at Springbrook National Park.
  • $250,000 of $1 million to support the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation.

Since the 2015 election, the Palaszczuk Government has improved frontline health and education services on the Gold Coast by employing an additional 186 doctors, 653 nurses, 507 teachers and 69 teacher aides. 

Quotes attributable to Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon 

“I am delighted that this budget will see the Palaszczuk Government investing heavily in the regional economy, honouring election commitments, and providing the infrastructure that will serve the region well into the future.

 “It is a budget that will not only boost the local economy, create jobs and inspire confidence in the region, but also builds on the great work that has been done since 2015 to support our health and education services.”

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