About GoldLinQ’s members

Collectively the GoldLinQ partners have decades of experience delivering and operating rail projects across Australia and around the world. As the preferred operator, GoldLinQ will design, build, operate and maintain the light rail system.

GoldLinQ Pty Ltd – Operator Franchisee – as the Operator Franchisee, GoldLinQ Pty Ltd is contracted by the Queensland Government for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of the light rail system. This is achieved through strategic partnerships with the GoldLinQ consortium members.

McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd (MacDow) is an established engineering and construction organisation servicing the transport, utilities and social infrastructure industries with design, civil and building capabilities. MacDow has a strong history in bringing leadership to urban construction and rail projects both internationally and in Australia. Operating in over 26 countries across Africa, Australasia and the Pacific region and the Middle East, MacDow’s recent projects include the Glenelg Tram Overpass and North Melbourne Station redevelopment. MacDow has been working in South East Queensland for many years creating a strong local network of suppliers that they will combine with their urban construction and rail projects.

Bombardier Transportation Australia Pty Ltd - light rail vehicles and rail systems - is the Australian subsidiary of Bombardier Transportation, a world leader in the design, build, operation and maintenance of sustainable rail transport systems. The company has more than 30,000 employees and operates in more than 60 countries on 5 continents. Today, Bombardier more than 3500 light rail vehicles and trams in successful revenue service or on order for cities across the world.

KDR Gold Coast Pty Ltd (KDR) is the joint venture between Keolis and Downer EDI Ltd (Downer), which also currently operates and maintains the Melbourne tram system, Yarra Trams. Keolis is the world’s largest private-sector operators of light rail vehicles, established in 12 countries over three continents. One of Keolis group’s key strengths is its ability to partner public transport authorities in the construction of new transport networks or extensions to existing networks. In light rail projects, Keolis brings the operator’s viewpoint to the table, helping authorities to financially optimise their operations throughout the lifetime of the light rail system.

Downer provides comprehensive design engineering, infrastructure and asset management services to the transport, energy and resources sectors, supported by its various specialist divisions. Downer has the experience, expertise, scale and geographical reach enabling it to provide whole of life services to its client’s assets. Located across more than forty countries, Downer has helped build communities and nations across the Asia-Pacific region for more than 100 years.

GoldLinQ’s equity partners

The Gold Coast light rail project is a A$1 billion 18 year Public Private Partnership (PPP) contract with the Queensland State Government to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a light rail public transportation system. A PPP requires confident equity partners to facilitate a portion of the funding for the project. GoldLinQ’s partners are a combination of existing members of the consortium and external parties with experience in financing social infrastructure and transportation infrastructure project.

Equity financing has come from Marubeni Group (26.7%); International Public Partnerships Limited (26.7%): Keolis SA (10%); Aveng Australia (10%); and Plenary Group, in a strategic alliance with Palisade’s Australian Social Infrastructure Fund (26.7%). The equity group has been selected for the experience and capabilities they bring to transport projects and their long term commitment to local partnerships.

The following equity partners are in addition to consortium members Keolis and Aveng Australia.


Marubeni is involved in the handling of products and provision of services in a broad range of sectors. These areas encompass importing and exporting, as well as transactions in the Japanese market, related to food materials, food products, textiles, materials, pulp and paper, chemicals, energy, metals and mineral resources, transportation machinery, and include offshore trading. The Company's activities also extend to power projects and infrastructure, plants and industrial machinery, finance, logistics and information industry, and real estate development and construction. Additionally, Marubeni conducts business investment, development and management on a global level.

Palisade Investment Partners

Palisade offers independence, a depth of resources and a strong investment culture focused on delivering solid performance and high standards of client service. Palisade was established as an infrastructure focused boutique fund manager within the Pinnacle Investment Management Group. Palisade provides dedicated and professional asset management services to the wholesale superannuation market and other specialist investors. We employ an experienced team of infrastructure investment specialists from a range of disciplines including funds management, investment banking, finance, legal and engineering. By combining their expertise with Palisade`s investment philosophy we aim to provide investors with strong and consistent performance.

International Public Partnerships Limited

International Public Partnerships Limited (INPP) is a listed infrastructure investment company which invests in global public infrastructure projects developed under the public private partnerships (PPP) and private finance initiative (PFI) procurement methods. Listed in 2006, INPP is a long-term investor in 61 social and transport infrastructure projects, including schools, hospitals, courts, police headquarters and transport projects in the U.K., Europe, Australia and Canada. INPP seeks to provide its shareholders with both a long-term government-backed yield and capital growth through investment across both construction and operational phases of 25-40 year concessions.

Plenary Group Pty Ltd

Financial arranger and commercial adviser for GoldLinQ - is an independent public private partnership business. The business invests in, develops and operates public infrastructure over the long term. With a team of professionals across Australia, Canada and Singapore, Plenary Group has successfully closed 18 PPP projects with a total value in excess of A $7 billion.

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