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A Gold Coast business leader says delays in getting the rapid transit project off the ground are jeopardising jobs in the city.
The regional chairman of the Property Council says the light rail initiative has missed key dates set by Premier Anna Bligh and the Gold Coast rapid transit team.
Peter Trathen says an early works program flagged by the Queensland Government to pave the way for the project has not materialised.
"The consortia that have been pulling together and have expressed interest in pursuing this project from my understanding are as keen as mustard," he said.
"My concern is more what do the delays do to the early works delivery which we need rapidly and we don't want to push the delivery of this project out beyond where it has been targeted."
He says the coast cannot afford for the delays to continue.
"We need this project to get up and running, that's not just because it is important infrastructure for the coast but probably the urgency is we need the stimulus of the early works package," he said.
"We need it now, we don't need it in a month's time.
"There are people who need those jobs now on the Gold Coast."
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