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Old July 30th, 2012, 05:18 AM   #1101
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A few construction updates from the website: (follow link for more details and maps)

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Surfers Paradise - Elkhorn Avenue intersection works
From Sunday 12 August 2012, construction will begin along Surfers Paradise Boulevard at the intersection of Elkhorn Avenue.
During construction Surfers Paradise Boulevard will become one-way southbound from View to Cavill Avenues. Access to Chevron Island will be maintained for the majority of construction via a right hand turn from Surfers Paradise Boulevard onto Elkhorn Avenue. Alternative routes and redirections will be signed. Please drive to the conditions at all times.
Every effort will be made to halt construction in this area during the Christmas holiday period.
http://goldlinq.com.au/workspace/ass...n-5008ff36.pdf

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Southport - Changed conditions and night works in Scarborough and Nerang Streets - update 29 July 2012
From Sunday 29 July 2012, there will be changes to parking, traffic and pedestrian access in Scarborough Street, between Hicks and Lawson Streets, and Nerang Street, between Davenport and Scarborough Streets. This work will involve extensive night works to minimise inconvenience to businesses, pedestrians and traffic.
Traffic changes:
*On street angle parking in Scarborough Street and centre parking in Nerang Street, between Davenport and Scarborough Streets, will be permanently removed.
*The pedestrian crossing across Nerang Street, running between Dick Smith and the Cecil Hotel, will be closed for several months during construction. Alternative pedestrian access will be signed.
*On Monday 30 July the bus stops in Scarborough Street outside the police station and TAFE building will be closed while new bus stops are being built. Alternative bus stops are located outside Australia Fair.
Night works:
*Ongoing night works will be required as part of these works to minimise the impact on businesses, pedestrians and traffic.
*Underground services works between 7:00pm and 5:30am, Sunday to Thursday.
*During night works vehicles will use “quacker” (quieter) style reversing alarms to reduce noise.
*Light towers will be placed to limit glare to nearby residences.
http://goldlinq.com.au/workspace/ass...2-501075a8.pdf
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Old July 30th, 2012, 05:26 AM   #1102
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By the way, they've divided the project up into four "Precincts" - Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise, Southport and University - which has since been re-named "Health and Knowledge" due to the new hospital.

Anyway each precinct got a separate logo and marketing slogan that had something to do with its target market as a light rail destination.

So they had:
"Gone to UNIVERSITY - heading out later if you're keen. see you x."

When they re-named that particular precinct, did the marketing team not notice their slogan no longer made any sense?

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Old July 30th, 2012, 07:02 AM   #1103
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I've always wondered what was with that! The least they should have done is put the word "precinct" in, so it would read "Gone to (the) Health & Knowledge Precinct. Heading out later if you're keen." Dorky, but makes sense.
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Old August 8th, 2012, 01:38 AM   #1104
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Not another mob of people trying to kill the Light Rail... I'm getting so sick of these idiots!

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Legal battle over light rail funding
The Courier-Mail | 07:54am August 8, 2012

A GOLD Coast man is suing federal Treasurer Wayne Swan in a bid to stop the Glitter Strip's $1.6 billion light rail project in its tracks.

Self-employed carpenter and self-proclaimed "truthologist" Bruce Jeffree has launched legal action against Mr Swan, federal Finance Minister Chris Bowen, the Gold Coast City Council and light rail company GoldLinQ.

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He alleges government funding for the project is unconstitutional and is seeking an injunction to have it frozen. A hearing has been set down in Southport District Court this month.

Mr Jeffree is a member of a group called Truthology, which opposes the levying of taxes and charges and advises people how to take on banks and avoid paying debts and fines.

In affidavits filed with the court, he alleges the light rail project is a state responsibility and the council cannot legally invest $120 million in it on behalf of ratepayers.

"To (my) knowledge and understanding, the (council) has no jurisdiction to commit revenue collected as rates for what is a state issue to the benefit of the state of Queensland as a whole," Mr Jeffree states.

"Therefore, it is submitted that such action to commit monies from such charges may be unlawful."

Mr Jeffree said council has committed to compensate GoldLinQ for losses on the light rail for 18 years.

"All such losses will in part be borne by the ratepayers of the Gold Coast and paid through revenue which could be disguised as rate charges," he says.

He said the Federal Government had no constitutional power to use taxation money to benefit a single state.

"It is further alleged that the Federal Parliament enacted no law for the appropriation of funds, alleged to be $365 million, for the purposes of building a Light Rail Transport on the Gold Coast and therefore, such appropriation ... should be deemed unlawful," Mr Jeffree submits.

He said all efforts and requests to view the light rail contract have been denied on grounds including it is "commercial in confidence".

Mr Jeffree states that because the council and Federal Government cannot legally deal with a state issue, the contract "was entered into deceptively and/or unlawfully".

He has quoted the Australian Constitution and High Court decisions concerning federal powers in support of his application.

Mr Jeffree has asked the District Court to invoke federal jurisdiction and in the meantime prohibit the council and Federal Government from funding the light rail.

His challenge comes as work steps up on on the controversial 13km electric tram link from Griffith University to Broadbeach.

The project has come under fire from critics including residents caught in roadworks gridlock and small business owners on the rail route who have closed their doors due to disrupted trade.

Mr Swan, Mr Bowen, the council and GoldLinQ are yet to respond to Mr Jeffree's court action.
Source: GC Bulletin
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Old August 8th, 2012, 03:40 AM   #1105
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Truthology huh. I can almost bet if it were a road project noone would have any issue.
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Old August 8th, 2012, 04:17 AM   #1106
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AMEN to that! I'm hoping that the Light Rail works might weed out the tacky shops that don't deserve to be in Surfers. Changing up the shops (in particular the quality of shops) particularly along the older part of Surfers Paradise Blvd would do a lot to help the area!
Quite honestly, for me, this has been the compelling reason I've had a somewhat negative few of the Gold Coast from the times I've been there (admittedly which has not been since 2007), it's the type of retail offered in SP that generally stinks at street level. I know its targeting the tourist market, but something needs to give. By altering who the area is aimed at, or appeals to, would alter the impression of the overall city.

Hopefully as the population increases, local amenities rule and shitty $2 shops like then get pushed out.
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Old August 8th, 2012, 04:27 AM   #1107
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"Truthology" - sounds a bit like Scientology, except they believe that Satan appears in the form of a yellow snake that's 43.5 metres long, electric powered, with room to carry 309 passengers, 80 seated and 229 standing
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Old August 8th, 2012, 05:26 AM   #1108
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He said the Federal Government had no constitutional power to use taxation money to benefit a single state.
Except, according to s. 51 (xxxiv) of the Constitution:

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railway construction and extension in any State with the consent of that State;
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Old August 8th, 2012, 05:59 AM   #1109
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exactly! Commonwealth funding is secured.

Plus there's also the Local Government Act 2009, where according to S.92, clause 5, councils may make rates or charges "for any service, facility or activity."

Hence the reason the GCCC already charges levies for transport and the botanic gardens.


These looney tunes really should do some homework first. Hope they get thrown straight out onto the street!
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Old August 8th, 2012, 01:34 PM   #1110
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If only these sorts of people were able to direct their energies towards something positive.
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Old August 9th, 2012, 04:40 AM   #1111
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Old August 9th, 2012, 05:16 AM   #1112
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Looks great, although does it look to anyone else like there's nothing holding up the power lines?
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Old August 9th, 2012, 06:59 AM   #1113
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Horrible livery on the vehicles.
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Old August 9th, 2012, 01:53 PM   #1114
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Looks great, although does it look to anyone else like there's nothing holding up the power lines?
They probably don't want to show them because if people see it in the picture it will rustle their jimmies.
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Old August 9th, 2012, 03:44 PM   #1115
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If you look hard enough you can see the street lighting holding up the power lines.

On another note GoldlinQ have (finally) uploaded maps to the website .
They can been found here, http://www.goldlinq.com.au/project-updates/resources/

I like the new design layout of the Broadbeach interchange.
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Old August 10th, 2012, 05:12 AM   #1116
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On another note GoldlinQ have (finally) uploaded maps to the website .
They can been found here, http://www.goldlinq.com.au/project-updates/resources/

I like the new design layout of the Broadbeach interchange.
In July 2010, I sent the folllowing e-mail to the GCRT website, since the original layout of the Broadbeach interchange (posted on the website back then) only allowed buses to enter from the south, not from Hooker Blvd.

Good to see the design now allows the movements I was suggesting, making the interchange more versatile and not confined to be just as a terminus for southern highway services.
(I'm not laying claim to it, I never got a response, so don't even know whether my e-mail got read!)

Still no mention of any footbridge over the moat into Pacific fair.

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I have a concern / suggestion on the proposed Light Rail / Bus interchange in Broadbeach.

The proposed Light Rail / Bus interchange in Broadbeach adjacent to Pacific Fair, ought to have a Bus-Only right turning lane from Hooker Boulevard directly into the interchange.
It could be incorporated into the existing Hooker Blvd / Jupiters Casino signallised intersection.

This would enable all Gold Coast Highway bus services south of Broadbeach, to originate and terminate at the existing Pacific Fair bus terminal, travelling via the new Light Rail / Bus interchange before continuing onto the Gold Coast Highway.
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All southern Gold Coast Highway bus services from Bureligh Heads / Tweed Heads etc, would use BOTH Broadbeach interchanges,
Local and inland bus routes, would continue to use just the existing Pacific Fair bus terminal

The main advantages would be increased flexibility for passenger connections betwen all services:

Passengers who need to transfer between a southern Gold Coast Highway bus and a local / inland bus, can do so at the existing Pacific Fair bus terminal
(instead of passengers needing to walk between the two interchanges at the opposite ends of Pacific Fair)

Passengers who need to transfer between the Light Rail and a southern Gold Coast Highway bus can do so at the new Light Rail / Bus interchange (per the current proposal)

Passengers who need to transfer between the Light Rail and a local / inland bus service, have the option of using a southern Gold Coast Highway bus to connect between the two Broadbeach bus interchanges
(again, instead of walking walk between the two)

This option would also have a longer term befefit, once the future Broadbeach to Bureligh Heads Light Rail stage is delivered.
As the new Light Rail / Bus interchange would no longer be needed for Gold Coast Highway bus services south of Broadbeach, it could then become the terminus for all local / inland bus routes, providing a direct connection to the Light Rail in both north and south directions.
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Are there any details as yet on Stage 2 route concepts?
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Old August 13th, 2012, 04:39 AM   #1118
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Are there any details as yet on Stage 2 route concepts?
There are a heap of lengthy documents in this section of the website
http://goldlinq.com.au/project-updat...rks-resources/

Including Planned route to Helensvale:
http://goldlinq.com.au/workspace/ass...e-4cd89a6d.pdf

And this document on staging:
http://goldlinq.com.au/workspace/ass...g-4cd8924d.pdf

Also this overview is in the FAQ section:

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Q Future stages: Griffith University to Helensvale
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The light rail route to Helensvale will link with Stage One at Griffith University (Parklands Drive, Southport) and travel along Olsen Avenue to Harbour Town Shopping centre, and then along Brisbane Road to Helensvale Rail Station.
There is no intention or requirement to construct the Helensvale corridor before 2016.
Investigations and forecasts have shown that the existing road network and public transport system will sufficiently cater to medium term population growth in the area.
Funds for the potential future stages of the project have not yet been committed.
Planning activity that has been undertaken for these stages is preliminary only.

Q Future stages: Broadbeach to Burleigh Heads
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At this point in time, only high-level conceptual planning has been undertaken for the potential Broadbeach to Burleigh Heads corridor.
Funds for the potential future stages of the project have not yet been committed. Planning activity that has been undertaken for these stages is preliminary only.
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Old August 20th, 2012, 05:05 AM   #1119
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Begins 14 Aug 2012

Surfers Paradise - Construction of new bridge at Macintosh Island North

From Monday 20 August 2012, construction of the shared light rail and pedestrian bridge over the Nerang River at Macintosh Island North will begin.

Works will involve sheet and pier piling, excavations and crane movements for headstock installation.

To facilitate construction, marine access under the Macintosh Island North Bridge will be intermittently closed for public safety. Safe access will be maintained at all other times.

Please see the attached Construction Notice and Fact Sheet for information on alternative marine access and what to expect during the construction process.
http://goldlinq.com.au/workspace/ass...l-5029aaa0.pdf
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Old August 23rd, 2012, 04:58 AM   #1120
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Southport - Night works in Queen Street - update 22 August 2012
From Monday 27 August 2012 GoldLinQ will commence delivery of Queensland’s first light rail track lengths to Queen Street.
The rail, which comes in 18 metre lengths each weighing one tonne, will be laid between Wardoo and Nerang Streets.

Due to their size, the rail lengths must be delivered at night for safety reasons and to minimise traffic impacts. Delivery is expected to take two weeks to complete, weather permitting.

Traffic changes:
The eastbound lane of Queen Street will be closed between Wardoo and Mick Veivers Way from 7:00pm to 5:00am.
During these works no U-Turn will be permitted at the end of Queen Street at Wardoo Street.
Detour routes via Johnson, Nerang and Pohlman Streets will be signed.
Reduced speed limit to 40 km/h.
Limited pedestrian access around the construction area. Temporary footpath closures near the active work area will occur and alternative routes will be signed.
Residential access will be maintained.
Traffic management measures such as traffic control and Variable Message Signs will be in place.
See attached construction notice for map and further information.
http://goldlinq.com.au/workspace/ass...c-50348ba5.pdf
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