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The CEO of the Gold Coast Light Rail says the project has injected $170 million into the local economy and it will not carry its first passenger for another year.
Phil Mumford says 80 per cent of workers employed on the $1 billion first stage, between the Gold Coast University Hospital at Parklands and Broadbeach, live on the Gold Coast.
He says more than 90 per cent of goods and services are from the Gold Coast.
"Renting, subcontractors, people who have machinery on hire, even down to materials that are used actually out on the construction of the project," he said.
"We expect to be operating about this time next year and the first two trams are on their way to Australia as we speak.
"I think some areas of the project are actually finished at this stage, so you will see the project come to completion this year."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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