City Budget 20 - 21 paves roads to recovery

22 June 2020

The City of Gold Coast Budget will pave the way for the rebuilding of the Gold Coast’s economy in an effort to protect residents and businesses in a post pandemic year.

Mayor Tom Tate described the $1.7 billion budget, handed down today, as a responsible budget that provided the right response in these challenging times.

“This budget ensures our unique Gold Coast lifestyle is preserved while continuing to invest in local infrastructure, maintain community assets and strengthen our economy,” he said.

“For the majority of ratepayers* (*Principal Place of Residence ratepayers), there will be a zero rates increase due to a $64 rebate,” he said.                                   

“In light of the extraordinary challenges of COVID19, we have worked hard to ensure this budget continues to deliver those essential services so important to safeguarding our lifestyle. 

“Our $26.9 million community and business support package offers assistance to those who are doing it tough through payment plans with general rates, water and sewerage rates as well as benefits for sporting and community groups, like waiving of fees and rent relief.

“For the sixth year running, there is no price increase on water consumption and sewerage charges.” (Additional State charges for water consumption are out of Council’s control)

Roads and transport continues to be a key priority, with an overall spend of more than $288 million, which includes $24.3 million for road rehabilitation, $18.7 million for new and improved active transport infrastructure, and $900,000 for free seniors and veterans travel.

New and improved community facilities is high on the agenda this year, with $40.6 million for the new Pimpama Sports Hub, $8.4 million for the renewal of the Miami Aquatic Centre, $2.2 million for the redevelopment of the Palm Beach Aquatic Centre and $4 million to redevelop the Broadbeach Community Precinct.

Other City spending highlights for 2020/2021 include:

  • $35.4 million for the completion of the Art Gallery (part of Stage 1 of $130 million Cultural Precinct)
  • $8.9 million for planning and delivery of Light Rail Stage 3
  • $1.75 million for commencement of planning for Light Rail Stage 4
  • $586,000 for the delivery of the Music Action Plan
  • $8.2 million for design completion and construction of Robina City Parklands
  • $9.3 million for Major Events Gold Coast, the new events body

Mayor Tate said delivering this budget had been particularly challenging during the pandemic.    

“I’d like to thank all Councillors, the CEO and the administration for their dedication in helping to deliver this budget, which will help keep our city moving and our community thriving.

“We’ve come through this together and I’m confident we’re on the road to recovery.”

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