Re­port on Gold Coast lights soon

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

A RE­PORT look­ing into the re­moval of the con­tro­ver­sial ‘Gold Coast’ lights at Yatala is ex­pected to be re­leased next month.

The re­view of the M1 sign that cost more than $2 mil­lion was an­nounced by Mayor Tom Tate in March fol­low­ing com­mu­nity out­rage about the struc­ture.

The pub­lic art­work, which was es­tab­lished for the Commonwealth Games, was widely crit­i­cised be­cause it was found to be im­pos­si­ble for any­one to read as they passed it on the ma­jor high­way.

Act­ing Mayor Donna Gates said she was look­ing for­ward to see­ing the re­sult of the re­port next month.

“We are wait­ing to see the re­port which con­sid­ered a va­ri­ety of op­tions for the work,” Cr Gates said.

“This in­cludes op­tions such as mod­i­fy­ing, re­lo­cat­ing or re­mov­ing the work.”

The process has been un­der­taken by the Coun­cil’s Trans­port In­fra­struc­ture branch and will also in­clude the es­ti­mates cost of each op­tion.

“Coun­cil is also in the process of amend­ing pol­icy to en­sure an out­come like this doesn't hap­pen again, and de­ci­sion-mak­ing on this scale would in­volve elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives,” she said.

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