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Projects in Queensland

Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 – February 2016

The above updated fly-through of GCLR Stage 2 based on the current reference design and prepared by the Queensland Government.

The Project

Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 is a proposed 7.3 kilometre light rail link between Parkwood and Helensvale. The City of Gold Coast has committed $55.1 million in funding while the Commonwealth Government has committed $95 million towards Stage 2.

The Queensland Government has announced a preferred route for Stage 2 that would run from Helensvale heavy rail station adjacent to the Gold Coast Line, then adjacent to the Smith Street Motorway to connect with Stage 1 at the Gold Coast University Hospital light rail station. TMR Link

This extension will provide a seamless connection with heavy rail, providing a world-class integrated public transport solution for residents and visitors. It will provide a one-transfer journey between the CBDs of Queensland’s two largest cities – Gold Coast and Brisbane.

In October 2015, GoldLinQ shortlisted 3 proponents and a Request for Tender phase is now underway. For more information about GoldLinQ or the procurement process visit

Construction is expected to commence in April 2016 to ensure the light rail extension is delivered and operational prior to the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

You can visit to read more or click on the links below

Current Status

Three proponents have been shortlisted to design and build Stage 2.

  • A Joint Venture comprising Downer EDI Works and BMD Constructions (GamesLinQ);
  • John Holland Queensland Pty Ltd; and
  • Leighton Contractors Pty Limited

Requests for Tender closed Wednesday 23 December 2015 with the intention of appointing a preferred contractor in early 2016 to ensure the light rail extension is delivered and operational prior to the Commonwealth Games commencing in April 2018.

Some Artist impressions shared from the website





This  updated fly-through of GCLR Stage 2 based on the current reference design and prepared by the Queensland Government.


QLD Department Transport and Main Roads Update

QLD Department Transport and Main Roads Update 2014-15 State Planning Program Industry Briefing Agenda • Overview of State Planning Program • Summary of Proposed Procurement • Overview of Policy and Planning Branch projects • Overview of PD&O, Metropolitan Region projects • Next steps – getting started • How we will engage suppliers –...

Green light for new Building Industry Regulator – Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC)

Minister for Housing and Public Works
The Honourable Tim Mander

Queensland has taken a major step towards a new building regulator with Parliament passing legislation to allow the creation of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC).

Housing and Public Works Minister Tim Mander said that the Commission will replace the Queensland Building Services Authority (BSA) and will be responsible for licensing, dispute resolution and the Home Warranty Scheme, with internal divisions firewalled from each other to prevent any conflict of interest.

“This marks the beginning of the biggest change to the way the building industry is regulated in more than 20 years,” Mr Mander said.

“The building and construction industry is one of the pillars of the Queensland economy and with the passage of this legislation; Queensland will soon have the best building regulator in the country.

“The new QBCC will strike the right balance between consumers and contractors and will help build confidence in the industry, whether that’s the confidence to build a new home or the confidence to start or grow a business or pursue a career in the industry.”

Mr Mander said the creation of the QBCC was an important first step in the Government’s 10-point plan to reform building regulation in Queensland.

Other key initiatives including reviewing the licensing and compliance arrangements for contractors and reforms to allow rapid dispute adjudication and will be implemented progressively by the new board.

The new Commission is anticipated to be operational by the end of the year.

Please visit the QLD Government Media Statements to read this article posted on the 23 August 2013

Delay on Abbot Point Expansion Project

The Bowen Business Council has welcomed the Federal Government’s delay in deciding on a Coal Port Expansion (Abbot Point Expansion Project) in North Queensland.

Environment Minister Mark Butler announced on Friday he was delaying a decision on the Abbot Point expansion as he had only just received a number of reports that could affect the decision.

The reports will be released to the public and a decision is expected within three months.

Bruce Hedditch from the business council says it will mean the issue will be less politicised.

Read More on the ABC Website

Moreton Bay Rail Link – Thiess Announcement

Thiess has been awarded the $650 million contract to deliver the Moreton Bay Rail Link

Thiess is the construction spearhead of the TrackStar team which includes design subcontractors Aurecon, AECOM, HASSELL, and geotechnical subcontractor Golder Associates.

First proposed more than a century ago, the 12.6 kilometre rail link will connect the greater Brisbane rail network, which currently ends at Petrie, to the rapidly growing Moreton Bay region. New stations will be built at Kippa-Ring, Rothwell, Mango Hill East, Mango Hill, Murrumba Downs and Kallangur.

The project will require a workforce at its peak of 1000 people and is scheduled to be operational by late 2016.

Read more by following the link to the Thiess Announcement Page