Tom Tate wins Gold Coast mayoral race once again
MAYOR Tom Tate will lead the Gold Coast City Council for a second term after a resounding win at local government elections in March.
"I am humbled by the support shown to me in the recent Gold Coast elections. I have received around 65% primary vote support from across the city, which gives me a strong indication that voters agree with the direction our council and city is going," he said.
"Key commitments I have made, such as free seniors travel in off-peak periods, will remain and I will continue to seek State Government support for that.
"I also want all residents, but particularly our seniors, to know that if they have an issue in their division, they can email me direct. The email address email@example.com allows you to tell me if there is an issue with a footpath, street lighting, graffiti or hooning in your area.
"I will immediately speak with the divisional councillor to see what is being done about it, and take action if that is what is required."
Cr Tate said he would continue to fight for an offshore cruise ship terminal.
"The next step is to do the technical studies and eventually seek state or Federal Government support for the terminal," he said.
"If the offshore terminal does not meet the stringent environmental conditions that would be needed, I will be the first person to say 'no'."
Many residents aired concerns about traffic congestion during the election.
"I am also concerned and that's why we have implemented a transport strategy that looks forward until 2031," Cr Tate said.
"We are also currently undertaking many measures to improve transport right across our city.
"In this financial year alone, we are spending millions on projects to widen our roads, install better slipways and passing lanes, and synchronise traffic lights across the city.
"We are also adding around 100km to our cycle and walkways, looking at early planning for light rail stage three to the airport, and are about to start building stage two from Griffith to Helensvale.
"There is a lot happening to improve our traffic and road networks and I will keep you informed as the year progresses."