About Us

Council of Mayors | South East Queensland

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) was established in September 2005 as an independent political advocacy organisation to represent the interests of one of the nation’s fastest growing regions – South East Queensland.

We are Australia’s largest regional local government advocacy organisation, representing the one in seven Australians who call SEQ home.

The membership of the Council of Mayors (SEQ) consists of the 11 Mayors representing the Councils of SEQ: Brisbane, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Moreton Bay, Redland, Scenic Rim, Somerset, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba councils.

With five out of the ten largest Councils in Australia in SEQ, the region is no longer just a series of disparate geographic areas but a region that, in practical terms, functions as a single metropolitan area.

OUR MISSION

To consistently deliver better regional funding, policy and collaborative outcomes for the mayors, councils and communities of South East Queensland. We do this by:

  • icon-bus Advocate  for a better resourced SEQ region with world standard infrastructure to support economic development.
  • icon-bank Influence other levels of government to ensure that their policy and legislative positions support SEQ regional growth.
  • icon-users Collaborate in effective and innovative cooperative programs across the SEQ region.

ACHIEVEMENTS

1

Embarked on pre-feasibility analysis for a regional bid for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

2

Mid Brisbane and Lockyer Catchment Action Plans completed, the first delivered as part of the Resilient Rivers Initiative.

3

SEQ councils collaborated to promote the region as SEQInvest.com.au goes live.

  • ANNUAL REPORT

  • Council of Mayors (SEQ) Annual Report 2015/16.

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ACHIEVEMENTS

1

Launched the Resilient Rivers Initiative, a partnership between the Council of Mayors (SEQ), the Queensland Government, water utilities, key regional waterways and catchment organisations and the community to improve the health of our waterways and Moreton Bay.

2

Commenced development of Seqinvest.com.au, an online portal designed to promote South East Queensland and attract domestic and foreign investment to the region.

3

Announced intentions to investigate a regional bid on behalf of SEQ for the 2028 Olympic Games.

  • ANNUAL REPORT

  • Council of Mayors (SEQ) Annual Report 2014/15.

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ACHIEVEMENTS

1

A number of Council of Mayors (SEQ) key infrastructure projects fully funded in Federal and State budgets, including the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, the Bruce Highway Caloundra Road to Sunshine Coast Motorway Upgrade and the Gateway Motorway North Upgrade.

2

Launched the Queensland Development and Planning Portal (QDAP) to provide an online collaboration and information space for Councils, State Government and industry professionals on planning related matters.

3

Led an SEQ Mayoral delegation to the 2013 Asia Pacific Cities Summit in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

  • ANNUAL REPORT

  • Council of Mayors (SEQ) Annual Report 2013/14.

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ACHIEVEMENTS

1

Delivered the “Give a Beep” campaign, an awareness campaign to advocate for transport upgrades for the SEQ region.

2

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) Development Assessment Process Reform – Operational Works and Large Subdivisions (DAPROWLS) project completed a series of successful pilot projects with industry, demonstrating a reduction in assessment timeframes of more than 95 percent.

3

Partnered with the Queensland Government to deliver the Economic Development and Employment Forecasts project, commissioning updated economic and employment data for SEQ.

  • ANNUAL REPORT

  • Council of Mayors (SEQ) Annual Report 2012/13.

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ACHIEVEMENTS

1

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chair Cr Graham Quirk and former Minister for Sport Phil Reeves officially opened the Queensland Moto Park at Wyaralong, a world class motor sport facility for over 230,000 trail bike enthusiasts.

2

Launched the Liveable Compact Cities Project with outcomes including key policies and tools to assist SEQ Councils to better accommodate and deliver medium density in-fill development to meet growth demands.

3

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) commissioned GHD to prepare a discussion paper to Public Transport in SEQ: Options to deliver value for money and innovation in future SEQ public transport infrastructure.

  • ANNUAL REPORT

  • Council of Mayors (SEQ) Annual Report 2011/12.

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ACHIEVEMENTS

1

Delivered the Federally funded ‘Target 5 Days’ DA reform project, helping councils deliver a 75 percent reduction in development assessment timeframes for low risk residential applications.

2

Published the ‘Next Generation Planning Handbook’ in partnership with the Federal and State Government to help Councils deliver affordability and liveability outcomes in new planning schemes.

3

Became part owner of SEQ Catchments Limited with Cr John Brent and Cr Peter Matic appointed as directors as per the Members Agreement to assist with aligning the strategic direction of the organisation with those of SEQ councils.

  • ANNUAL REPORT

  • Council of Mayors (SEQ) Annual Report 2010/11.

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ACHIEVEMENTS

1

Launched the Magnificent 7 campaign, lobbying for seven national infrastructure priorities in SEQ: Toowoomba Bypass; upgrade Kingsford Smith Drive; Eastern Busway to Capalaba; Gold Coast Rail Line to Coolangatta; widen the Pacific Highway through Logan; expand the Sunshine Coast Airport; and fix the Warrego Highway Blacksoil intersection.

2

Eight SEQ Councils pledge $1.1 million towards the development of the Wyaralong regional trail bike facility (now Queensland Moto Park) matching the State Government’s $1 million commitment.

3

Secured $1.78 million in funding for the Liveable Compact Cities Project, announced in May 2010.

  • ANNUAL REPORT

  • Council of Mayors (SEQ) Annual Report 2009/10.

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ACHIEVEMENTS

1

Funded a four year research project at the University of Queensland to identify and develop more drought resistant turf grass.

2

Secured $11 million in Federal funds, in partnership with the Queensland Government and LGAQ, for housing affordability and development assessment initiatives for SEQ Councils.

3

Developed and delivered the Water Reform Program, a program of activities to support the establishment of the revised water reform model in SEQ.

  • ANNUAL REPORT

  • Council of Mayors (SEQ) Annual Report 2008/09.

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