The Queensland government is now accepting tenders for Stage 2 of the Gold Coast Light Rail project.
Queensland Deputy Premier, Jackie Trad, said the move follows the completion of an expression of interest process last month.
“Since submitting Queensland’s detailed funding submission to the Commonwealth, we have had very positive discussions with representatives from the Turnbull government,” Trad said.
“We already have strong support for the project from the City of Gold Coast, who have committed $55 million in cash and $3.5 million in-kind support towards Stage 2, and promising signals from the Commonwealth which enable us to take this next step.”
The state and council governments have committed $55 million towards the completion of the 2nd stage of the project.
Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, hopes to explore opportunities and discuss options with the Queensland government on the construction.
“I am confident that armed with the relevant information we can now move to reach a positive outcome quickly,” Truss said.
“The Australian government is already investing more than $13 billion to build the modern transport infrastructure Queensland needs for the 21st century and we are committed to ensuring projects deliver the long-term gains the community expects.”
Stage 2 is expected to be completed in late 2017 and allow the trams to become operational in time for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
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