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Plans to extend the Gold Coast's light rail to the airport have come under fire from state and federal representatives.
The Gold Coast council's Infrastructure and Engineering Committee has unanimously backed the option which attracted the support of nearly 3,000 residents in a city-wide survey.
The proposal for stage three will see the light rail extended from Broadbeach to Coolangatta.
Mayor Tom Tate said it would complete the spine of the city's transport strategy.
"These are early days, but what we can do now is start our feasibility study and I will make sure that there's seed funding to get this going," he said.
"But it doesn't mean that in future times there won't be additional spurs, say out to Robina and the like."
Gold Coast Councillor Gail O'Neill, who represents division 14 in Coolangatta, has welcomed the plan.
"We don't want to be left out we want to be connected to the rest of the Gold Coast," she said.
"Even the airport wanted it to go into the airport, so I think we are going to get there."
Gold Coast Tourism chief executive Martin Winter has backed the proposed route.
"It would be unique selling point for this destination," he said.
"We are the best tourism destination in the country there's no doubt about that, but we can become the best connected tourism destination in the world if we were to be able to make that linkage up."
More detail sought
Mayor Tom Tate said he planned to ask both the Queensland and Federal Governments for money to build the $1.5 billion project.
However both levels of government want to see more detail about the proposal.
A spokesperson for Queensland's Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe has told the ABC the extension would be subject to a detailed planning and business case.
Mr Hinchliffe said his focus was to the deliver stage two of the light rail in time for the 2018 Commonwealth Games
Federal Transport Minister Darren Chester said he was not in a position to comment until he has formally received a request for funding.
Two Gold Coast state MPs have criticised the proposal.
The LNP Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey has called for thorough community consultation before any decision is made
The LNP Member for Burleigh Michael Hart said it was a waste of money.
Mr Hart said the area at Palm Beach was too narrow and instead he wanted the trams to meet the heavy rail at Varsity Lakes before looping back to Currumbin and continuing to the airport.
He said it was disappointing the council did not consult him.
"The council needs to remember this is a piece of state government infrastructure," he said.
"We have been in Parliament all week. It wouldn't have been hard for them to pick up the phone before they started talking to the media and making these sorts of decisions."
Mr Hart said he would call the mayor when he returned to the Gold Coast to discuss the situation.
The council's Infrastructure Committee chairwoman Dawn Crichlow said MPs were kept in the loop.
"Why hasn't Michael Hart kept himself up-to-date?" she said.
"This consultation period has been going on for months and months.
"I am unaware he has spoken to the mayor, I am unaware there is that controversy going on and he certainly could have had a say in the consultation."
Mr Tate could not specify when he would like construction to begin, but said he wanted it ready to go as soon as stage two was complete.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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