The Queensland government has unveiled a multi-million-dollar Gold Coast roads package that will boost employment across the state over the next three years.
Overall, $160 million will go towards developing the region’s major roads in preparation for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Each project is expected to create approximately 480 jobs in Queensland.
According to Acting Premier Jackie Trad, the money will offer people employment opportunities at a time when jobs are high on the government agenda.
The Palaszczuk government has committed to a focus on job creation over the coming years, including various benefits for people seeking apprenticeships and traineeships in Queensland. This latest investment will produce direct vacancies in the road construction industry, as well as positions in other areas of the supply chain.
“Importantly, our investment in pedestrian, cycling, public transport and road improvements will leave a lasting legacy for residents and visitors, not only when the international spotlight is on the Gold Coast, but for years to come,” Ms Trad explained.
Areas of high congestion are the primary targets for the roads package, with the government partnering with the Gold Coast City Council and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation to identify suitable projects.
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The Queensland government has already proposed a number of initiatives, including:
- Upgrading the Southport-Burleigh road to six lanes
- Increasing traffic capacity at the Gooding Drive roundabout along Nerang-Broadbeach Road
- Enhancing traffic signalling capabilities at the intersection of Labrador-Carrara Road at Ross Street and Ashmore Road
Ms Trad said officials are hoping the Gold Coast Games will be among the best sporting events in history, with Queenslanders expected to benefit “for years to come”.
“Whether it’s upgrading the transport network, delivering the venues or increasing business, investment and tourism opportunities, this government is determined to ensure the 2018 Commonwealth Games is a transformative event for the Gold Coast that will leave a lasting legacy,” she stated.
Mark Bailey, Main Roads and Road Safety Minister, said construction work may cause disruptions, but his department is already communicating with locals to ensure the impact is minimal.
He added that the Gold Coast is the fastest-growing city in the state, boasting world-class tourism and an expanding population. The Commonwealth Games will see an extra six million journeys made across the state by those keen to take part in sporting history.
“We want to ensure that residents and visitors to the Games have the road infrastructure they need for safe, smooth and seamless travel on the Gold Coast,” Mr Bailey concluded.
By Leanne Macnamara, Public Affairs Coordinator