Commonwealth Games transport changes – winners and losers

The Queensland Government has announced major changes to transport in South East Queensland during the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, which will be held 4-15 April. The biggest change will be a tripling of services on the Brisbane to Gold Cost train line, with trains operating 24 hours a day. There will be 176 extra services […]

Six month countdown to Gold Coast games

The Gold Coast is gearing up for its biggest ever event. The Commonwealth Games will be staged in the sunny city for on 4-15 April 2018. It will be the fifth time the event has been held in Australia, but only the first time it will be staged outside of a capital city. Both the […]

Gold Coast trams ready to roll in two weeks

The Queensland government says it will meet the mid-year opening deadline for the new light rail system on the Gold Coast, making it the third operating system of its kind in Australia.

New emergency vehicle sensors trialled on Gold Coast traffic lights

The Queensland government is seeking to reduce emergency service response times by trialling new traffic light triggers that can detect the flashing lights and sirens of approaching vehicles and automatically switch signals to green to minimise traffic disruption.

QLD’s ban on IBM stays put as state government sues for damages

By Julian Bajkowski Queensland premier Campbell Newman has confirmed that a ban on IBM securing new public sector business in the state is still standing after the government commenced legal action for damages late last week in the Supreme Court of Queensland. A spokesman for the Premier told Government News that there has been “no […]

Canberra light rail momentum gains as Melbourne gets new Jumbo Tram

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski Australia’s metropolitan revival of light rail and tramways is showing no sign of slowing down soon. As the nation’s capital, Canberra, finally makes tentative progress towards installing one of the tramways conspicuously drawn into the designer city’s original masterplan by Walter Burley Griffin a century ago, Melbourne this week […]

Barnett raises shark shields at Dunsborough beach

By Paul Hemsley As if shooting sharks didn’t make it safe to go back in the water, Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett has bolstered the state’s coastal defences by starting a trial with the City of Busselton to install a “shark-proof beach enclosure” at the Old Dunsborough beach to keep marine predators away from people. […]

Western Melbourne overtakes the Gold Coast on population growth

By Angela Dorizas The western edge of Melbourne has become the fastest growing region in Australia, according to new research. KPMG demographer Bernard Salt said the municipalities of Wyndham and Melton added 18,000 new residents over the past 12 months to June 2009. They have overtaken the Gold Coast by 1000 residents to become Australia’s […]

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