Re: Light rail headed south speeds up as stunning community support in new survey: Gold Coast Bulletin
  Richard Youl

It’s all about greedy councils using the tram as an excuse to justify more high-rise high-density housing to boost rates income.

Did you know that in larger cities in Queensland municipal councillors are full-time positions paying a salary just slightly below that of a state government Member plus they get free extras including a car for using whenever they like? Naturally they may squabble about everything else but never about voting to accept another pay rise. Parasites!


On 3 Dec 2018, at 9:47 am, Geoffrey Hansen gnhansen29@...> wrote:

I can't why we can't have tramway expansion without high rise development. We always used to.

Regards Geoffrey

PS I notice developers at Westmead are promoting the light rail.
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Subject: [TramsDownUnder] Light rail headed south speeds up as stunning community support in new survey: Gold Coast Bulletin

I was unable to include the 12 comments but all except one or two were strongly against any extensions.

Several complained that they knew nobody who had been questioned, some described it as outdated technology, inefficient, and better served by trackless trams and other gizmos.

As usual, others were opposed on the grounds of the high-rise development expected along the line, and I must admit that I commiserate with them on that aspect. But it’s the local council that is the problem there. They would sell off every public park to put up high-rise if they could get away with it. So who cares about present building height limits?


Paul Weston, Gold Coast Bulletin
December 1, 2018 12:00am
A DETAILED business case being prepared for light rail shows massive support for the proposed Broadbeach to Burleigh line, and even more residents wanting it to go further south to Coolangatta.

The Bulletin has obtained stunning results from independent research conducted for the State Government which show:

Opening morning of the Stage 2 of the Gold Coast light rail (g:link). Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate, Mark Bailey MP and Deputy Premier of Queensland Jackie Trad riding the light rail from Helensvale to Surfers Paradise. Picture: Jerad Williams
.. 86 per cent of residents across the Gold Coast support stage 3A to Burleigh and 91 per cent back stage 3B to Coolangatta.

.. 72 per cent living in the future Broadbach-Burleigh corridor support 3A and 75 per cent approve of 3B.

.. 80 per cent of businesses in the future corridor support 3A and 83 per cent back 3B.

On the back of the overwhelming community support, the state project team is moving faster than ever on designing the next stages of the tram track for the $660 million project.

“The state project team is now accelerating their program and moving directly into detailed design and pre-procurement document phases,” a report to council said.


Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3A artist impressions and stations between Broadbeach and Burleigh Heads
Councillors are expected at the city’s December budget review to approve extra funding of $425,000 to continue working on the project with the state.

Government-led consultation during August included four community drop-in sessions, 969 surveys on a website and telephone surveys of more than 500 businesses and residents in the corridor.

Researchers had found those Gold Coasters who had travelled on the trams were by far the biggest supporters and “want to see the entire extension to the airport happen ASAP”.

More than 10,000 people have signed an online “stop light rail’’ petition but it cannot be tabled in Parliament because people were not required to give their addresses.


Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3A artist impressions and stations between Broadbeach and Burleigh Heads
The surveys showed opposition was largely within the corridor, where a protest campaign was being staged.

“While support is still strong, those living in Burleigh have the most concerns about the potential impact of GCLR, especially during the construction stage,” the research said.

“Communications will be important to manage this.”

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Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3A
Businesses surveyed mirrored the view of Coast-wide residents and “see it as having a positive impact”, and strongly supported the extension to the airport.

Community issues raised included fears of increased high rise buildings, loss of on-street parking and impact during construction.


Opening morning of the Stage 2 of the Gold Coast light rail. Mark Bailey MP and Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate talking. Picture: Jerad Williams
Transport Minister Mark Bailey told the Bulletin: “I’m not surprised by the level of public support. When I was on the Gold Coast for the (Commonwealth) Games and rode the light rail so often, the positive feedback was overwhelming.

“The numbers don’t lie. We are seeing a 70,000 increase in terms of number of trips per month and now there’s been 30 million trips since light rail stage one began in 2014.

“So Gold Coasters are voting with their feet. They’re putting their feet on light rail and it continues to grow. They just don’t like it, they love it and want to see more of it.”

Mr Bailey said the full business case would address such issues as property resumptions, station locations and construction concerns.