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  • 13 / Mar / 2017
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Toowoomba hosts SEQ Mayors

The Toowoomba region will play host to the Mayors of South East Queensland (SEQ) as they come together for the Council of Mayors’ (SEQ) first Board Meeting for 2017 and their Annual Strategy meeting.

The SEQ Mayors will experience what makes Toowoomba’s economy one of the strongest […]

  • 10 / Jan / 2017
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Studies show cost effective Olympic Games secure gold for bid cities

While investigations into a potential South East Queensland (SEQ) bid for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games are underway, a study released this week estimates a Los Angeles 2024 Olympic Games could deliver more than $18 billion (US) in economic uplift for the United States.

The study […]

  • 18 / Dec / 2016
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Queensland Moto Park celebrates fifth anniversary

More than 115,000 riders have enjoyed the recreational trail bike facilities on offer at the Queensland Moto Park since it opened on this day five years ago.

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the Queensland Moto Park, located in the Scenic Rim, a dedicated trail bike facility […]

  • 18 / Oct / 2016
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Expression of Interest for SEQ People Mass Movement Study released

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) is seeking submissions from suitably experienced consultants to undertake a South East Queensland People Mass Movement Study.

This significant study will play a crucial role in planning for South East Queensland and is a primary activity to support a feasibility study and […]

  • 22 / Aug / 2016
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SEQ councils take their marks for Olympic feasibility decision

Brisbane City Council and the City of Gold Coast will be the first of the eleven SEQ councils to decide whether to back further investigations into an SEQ 2028 Olympic Games, when both councils meet tomorrow (Tues).

The SEQ Mayors recently endorsed the findings of a pre-feasibility […]

  • 27 / Jul / 2016
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SEQ Olympic Pre-feasibility Report reveals roadmap to stronger region

The Mayors of South East Queensland (SEQ) today released their Olympic Pre-feasibility Analysis Report, which indicates the region has the capability and capacity to successfully bid for and host the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The SEQ Mayors endorsed the conclusions of the pre-feasibility study, which determined […]

  • 23 / Sep / 2016
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SEQ Mayors vote yes for Olympic Feasibility Study

Council of Mayors (SEQ) has today voted to proceed with a feasibility study into a possible bid for the 2028 Olympic Games.

A year ago the Mayors of South East Queensland voted unanimously to support the undertaking of a pre-feasibility study in relation to the potential staging […]

  • 22 / Jun / 2016
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SEQ Mayors welcome LNP commitment to get M1 moving

Calls from the Mayors of South East Queensland (SEQ) to get our region moving again have not gone unheard as the Turnbull Government commits $215 million to fix Queensland’s notorious stretch of the Pacific Motorway.

The Coalition is expected make its funding announcement this afternoon, allocating $105 […]

  • 07 / Jun / 2016
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Federal political candidates, it’s time to get SEQ moving

The SEQ Mayors are sending a strong message to Federal political candidates on behalf of the people of South East Queensland – it’s time to get SEQ moving with funding for much-needed infrastructure projects.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chair Cr Graham Quirk said local residents would be […]

  • 12 / May / 2016
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Councils join forces to attract investment to SEQ

In an Australian first, the Council of Mayors (SEQ) has launched an online investment portal focused on promoting South East Queensland (SEQ) and showcasing its project-ready opportunities to domestic and international investors.

The digital portal, SEQInvest.com.au, has taken the standard hard copy prospectus to a new level […]

  • 05 / May / 2016
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Sunshine Coast plays host to first meeting of new look SEQ Mayors

Sunshine Coast Council will host the first Board Meeting and Annual Strategy Workshop of the Council of Mayors (SEQ) since the confirmation of the recent Local Government elections.

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) will meet at Mooloolaba on Friday to welcome three new Mayors to the Board […]

  • 03 / May / 2016
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SEQ Mayors’ fight for Federal infrastructure funding pays off

The SEQ Mayors’ consistent fight for our region’s fair share of infrastructure funding has been rewarded in this year’s Federal Budget.

Major SEQ infrastructure priorities to get the green light in the Budget include the Ipswich Motorway – Darra to Rocklea Upgrade and the Pacific Motorway – […]

  • 07 / Apr / 2016
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Fund Our Future: A campaign for the National Growth Areas Alliance

If you are stuck in traffic for hours every day – or your business is – it’s costing you time, money and causing stress.

If you live or work in a fast-growing suburb on the outskirts of Australia’s capital cities, you know that communities like ours are […]

  • 01 / Apr / 2016
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SEQ ready to work with Feds on ‘City Deals’ pilot

South East Queensland (SEQ) is the obvious choice of partner for the Federal Government in the nation’s first ‘City Deal’, a new approach to infrastructure funding that was recently backed by the Turnbull Government.

Federal Cities Minister Angus Taylor announced the adoption of an Australian ‘City Deals’ […]

  • 20 / Feb / 2016
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Vale Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones

The Mayors of South East Queensland (SEQ) have mourned the passing of their colleague and friend, Lockyer Valley Mayor Cr Steve Jones.

Mayor Jones passed away overnight at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chair Cr Graham Quirk acknowledged Mayor […]

  • 12 / Feb / 2016
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Cruise ship terminals mean big business for SEQ

The Port of Brisbane’s proposed $100 million cruise ship terminal at Luggage Point signals big things to come for South East Queensland, according to the region’s Mayors.

The proposal will enable supersized liners to easily dock in Brisbane and increase the region’s slice of Australia’s $3.2 billion […]

  • 30 / Nov / 2015
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Mayors putting SEQ on Federal agenda

Major infrastructure projects and funding models, protecting SEQ’s waterways and boosting the region’s economy are at the top of the agenda as a delegation of ten SEQ Mayors and Deputy Mayors meets in Canberra today with key Government and Opposition representatives.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman and […]

  • 17 / Nov / 2015
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Ipswich, Lockyer Valley and Somerset first in line for Resilient Rivers

The Lockyer Valley catchment and neighbouring Mid Brisbane catchment, both devastated in the 2011 and 2013 floods, are the first two catchments to benefit from the work of the Resilient Rivers Initiative.

Fernvale farmer Jeff Payne was left with a dangerous 20-metre high creek embankment when the […]

  • 03 / Nov / 2015
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SEQ Mayors first meeting with key Turnbull Minister

The Mayors of South East Queensland (SEQ) will meet in Brisbane today with the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Territories, Local Government and Major Projects, ahead of a Mayoral delegation to Canberra later this month.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chair Cr Graham Quirk said the organisation […]

  • 06 / Jul / 2015
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SEQ’s hot property for international investors

South East Queensland (SEQ) is on the cusp of an international investment surge as the Asia Pacific region leads a strong rise in investment in the country’s commercial real estate, infrastructure and tourism sectors.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chair and Brisbane Lord Mayor Cr Graham Quirk today […]

  • 01 / Jul / 2015
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Mayors push for new way to deliver infrastructure for SEQ

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) today urged the Queensland Government to investigate an alternative funding model to deliver the infrastructure needed to service South East Queensland’s (SEQ) growing population.

In response to the Queensland Government’s Delivering an Infrastructure Plan for Queensland directions paper, the SEQ Mayors have […]

  • 19 / Jun / 2015
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State Government road upgrades a good start for Gold Coast

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) has welcomed the Queensland Government’s announcement of a $160 million package of road upgrades for the Gold Coast in the lead up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Upgrades to the Gold Coast’s road network, particularly Southport-Burleigh Road and Nerang-Broadbeach Road, have long […]

  • 17 / Jun / 2015
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Vale Ron Clarke OAM MBE

The Mayors of South East Queensland (SEQ) have mourned the passing of dual Olympian and former Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke.

Mr Clarke, 78, passed away in the early hours of this morning at the Allamanda Hospital in Southport.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chair Cr Graham Quirk acknowledged […]

  • 09 / Jun / 2015
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SEQ Mayors congratulate Scenic Rim Mayor on OAM honour

The Mayors of South East Queensland (SEQ) have congratulated Scenic Rim Mayor, Cr John Brent, on his recognition in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Councillor John Brent received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his 21 years of continuous service as a Queensland […]

  • 12 / May / 2015
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SEQ Mayors welcome a “hat-trick” of major roads funding

The Mayors of South East Queensland have welcomed funding for three major regional infrastructure projects in tonight’s Federal Budget.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Cr Graham Quirk said that during the annual SEQ Mayoral Delegation to Canberra in March, the Mayors of SEQ had presented their major […]

  • 30 / Apr / 2015
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SEQ Mayors meet with IOC President Thomas Bach

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) today met with IOC President Thomas Bach in Sydney to express the region’s interest in a potential bid for the 2028 Olympic Games.

The group was represented by the Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chair and Brisbane Lord Mayor Cr Graham Quirk (by […]

  • 23 / Apr / 2015
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Beaudesert Bypass a boost for SEQ

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) today welcomed the Queensland Government’s commitment to construct the Beaudesert Town Centre Bypass in partnership with Scenic Rim Regional Council.

The Beaudesert Town Centre Bypass has long been identified as a major priority as part of the Council of Mayors’ (SEQ) list […]

  • 21 / Apr / 2015
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SEQ waterways on the mend

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) is inviting the Federal Government to join the Resilient Rivers initiative, a coalition of government and water entities, to fix South East Queensland’s waterways and catchments.

Viewing a stretch of eroded creek bank in the mid-Brisbane catchment today, Council of Mayors (SEQ) […]

  • 18 / Mar / 2015
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Funding to flow following Canberra delegation

The future of South East Queensland’s waterways is looking clearer following successful discussions by the SEQ Mayors in Canberra today.

During their annual Canberra delegation, the SEQ Mayors met with a number of Government and Opposition representatives including Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, […]

  • 16 / Mar / 2015
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Infrastructure, waterways top agenda for SEQ Mayors’ Canberra delegation

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) will travel to Canberra this week to secure support and funding for South East Queensland priority projects ahead of the Federal Budget in May.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chair Cr Graham Quirk said the SEQ Mayors would attend two days of meetings […]

  • 06 / Mar / 2015
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Brisbane Olympic bid one step closer

The Mayors of South East Queensland (SEQ) today unanimously agreed to support a regional bid, led by Brisbane, for the 2028 Olympic Games.

Brisbane’s potential bid for the 2028 Olympic Games was discussed at the Council of Mayors (SEQ) Board Meeting this afternoon and received unanimous support.

Regional […]

  • 27 / Feb / 2015
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SEQ Mayors welcome Government’s commitment to Toowoomba Bypass

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) today welcomed the Palaszczuk Government’s pledge to deliver the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing on schedule.

The Toowoomba Second Range Crossing sits on the top of the Council of Mayors’ (SEQ) list of priority infrastructure projects, a position supported by the RACQ, Queensland’s […]

  • 22 / Jan / 2015
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SEQ Mayors call for major investment in Queensland’s Core Growth Region

South-East Queensland Mayors have called on the major political parties to ensure investment in regional Queensland does not come at the expense of SEQ, Queensland’s Core Growth Region.

In launching its State Election Advocacy Document today, Investing in Queensland’s Core Growth Region, Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman […]

  • 23 / Dec / 2014
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‘Resilient Rivers’ top priority for SEQ Mayors

South East Queensland waterways will be better protected from drought and floods thanks to the Resilient Rivers initiative, launched by the Council of Mayors (SEQ) and the State Government in Brisbane today.

The initiative, launched by Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman and Brisbane Lord Mayor Councillor Graham […]

  • 27 / Nov / 2014
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SEQ Mayors welcome changes to water reform bill

SOUTH-EAST Queensland Mayors have welcomed changes to the Water Reform and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 in Queensland Parliament last night, saying the amended bill will provide the mechanism for a whole-of-catchment approach to waterways management throughout SEQ.

In a submission to the Queensland Parliament’s Agriculture, Resources […]

  • 16 / Oct / 2014
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SEQ Mayors welcome State’s Beaudesert Bypass commitment

South East Queensland Mayors have welcomed the State Government’s commitment to fund the Beaudesert Town Centre Bypass.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning The Honourable Jeff Seeney announced in Parliament this morning that the Beaudesert Bypass would be one of three Priority Infrastructure […]

  • 14 / May / 2014
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SEQ Mayors welcome the Federal Budget infrastructure spend

SEQ Mayors have today welcomed the $13.4 billion spend on Queensland road projects announced in last night’s Federal Budget.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Cr Graham Quirk said a majority of the funding would be allocated to projects in South East Queensland.

“This is a strong demonstration of […]

  • 19 / Mar / 2014
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SEQ Mayors visit Canberra to secure funding for the region

South East Queensland Mayors arrive in Canberra today to meet with senior Ministers from the Abbott Cabinet to push their funding agenda ahead of the federal budget in May.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Cr Graham Quirk said although the Mayors were aware of the tight financial […]

  • 19 / Feb / 2014
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Noosa Council invited to join Council of Mayors (SEQ)

Noosa Council has accepted an invitation to join the Council of Mayors (SEQ).

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the Board was pleased to have Noosa Mayor Noel Playford at the table helping to drive the agenda for the region.

“In a landmark decision […]

  • 31 / Jan / 2014
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SEQ Mayors welcome the Federal Government’s Toowoomba Bypass funding

SEQ Mayors have today welcomed the announcement by the Federal and State Governments that they will commit a combined $1.7 billion to the completion of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Cr Graham Quirk said SEQ Mayors have been pushing long and hard […]

  • 10 / Oct / 2013
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SEQ mayors to highlight opportunities in development industry

Nine South East Queensland mayors will lead an industry panel discussion on economic development as part of an Urban Development Institute of Australia (Queensland) business breakfast tomorrow morning.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Cr Graham Quirk said the event was an opportunity for the mayors to talk […]

  • 19 / Sep / 2013
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Queensland high-growth councils commit to improving DA process to stimulate economic development

Nine high-growth councils across Queensland have joined with South East Queensland Councils to commit to improving development assessment process, commencing the Concept to Construction Development Assessment Innovation project.

The project, a partnership between the Council of Mayors (SEQ), the Local Government Association of Queensland and the Queensland […]

  • 05 / Sep / 2013
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Mayors promote South East Queensland investment opportunities in the Asia Pacific

Nine South East Queensland Mayors and Deputy Mayors will promote South East Queensland’s business and investment opportunities to Asia Pacific investors when they travel to Taiwan next week.

The Mayors of Brisbane, Redland, Ipswich, Scenic Rim, Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay, Lockyer Valley and Toowoomba, along with the […]

  • 02 / Aug / 2013
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SEQ Mayors to host State Sport Minister at Queensland Moto Park open day

Queensland Moto Park, South East Queensland’s premier trail bike facility, will host Queensland Minister for Sport Steve Dickson at an open day at the park tomorrow.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Deputy Chairman and Scenic Rim Mayor John Brent and Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann will be on hand […]

  • 17 / Jul / 2013
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SEQ Mayors welcome the Federal Coalition’s Bruce Highway funding

SEQ Mayors have welcomed the Federal Coalition’s funding commitment to fix the Bruce Highway in South East Queensland.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Cr Graham Quirk said the Coalition’s commitment announced today seals the deal to fix the Bruce Highway in South East Queensland, with the Federal […]

  • 23 / Jun / 2013
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SEQ Mayors take fight for Federal funding to Canberra

South East Queensland Mayors will travel to Canberra this week to fight for Federal funding for South East Queensland priority projects.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Graham Quirk said SEQ Mayors would attend two days of meetings with Government and Opposition representatives to fight for SEQ’s fair […]

  • 31 / May / 2013
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Best practice the key to streamlined development approvals

The State Government and local government groups are working together on a new program aimed at discovering the best ways of assessing and approving construction projects and applying them across the state.

The new partnership, involving the Government, high growth councils, the Local Government Association of Queensland […]

  • 30 / May / 2013
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SEQ Mayors say key SEQ transport upgrades have fallen through the cracks

SEQ Mayors are again urging South East Queenslanders to ‘give a beep’ about transport upgrades following the Federal Budget and the Opposition’s budget reply.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Councillor Graham Quirk said key transport upgrades like the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing and the Pacific Motorway had […]

  • 17 / May / 2013
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Turf trial spells greener future for South East Queensland parks

The hot, dry weather often experienced in the great South East may no longer pose a threat to Council green spaces, with a new drought resistant grass currently being trialled at South Bank Parklands.

The trial has been funded by Council of Mayors (SEQ) together with the […]

  • 07 / May / 2013
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SEQ Mayors calling on Queenslanders to ‘give a beep’ about transport upgrades

SEQ Mayors are calling on South East Queenslanders to show they ‘give a beep’ about transport upgrades across the region in a bid to secure funding from the major parties in the lead up to the 2013 Federal Election.

The month-long campaign launched today asks SEQ residents […]

  • 27 / Mar / 2013
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SEQ Mayors welcome funding for healthy waterways

South East Queensland Mayors have welcomed the State Government’s funding of three healthy waterways projects in South East Queensland.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Graham Quirk said the projects in the Pumicestone Passage, Bundamba Creek and Slacks Creek catchments were of a high priority.

“The protection and responsible […]

  • 13 / Mar / 2013
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Peter Olah appointed Executive Director of the Council of Mayors (SEQ)

South East Queensland Mayors have appointed Peter Olah as the new Executive Director of the Council of Mayors (SEQ).

Mr Olah brings to the organisation extensive leadership, policy and advocacy experience in government and community organisations as well as experience as an elected member and Mayor in […]

  • 22 / Feb / 2013
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SEQ Mayors back the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing

The eleven Mayors of South East Queensland (SEQ) are speaking out in support of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing and want both sides of politics to commit to funding the critical project in the lead up to the September Federal Election.

Cr Quirk said that while each […]

  • 23 / Jan / 2013
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Gold Coast City Council slashes DA timeframes on Gainsborough Greens

Gold Coast City Council has slashed assessment timeframes and associated costs for the developers of the Gainsborough Greens community through the implementation of a new development approval process for operational works and large subdivisions.

The Gainsborough Greens community at Pimpama was the first application of this type […]

  • 07 / Dec / 2012
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SEQ mayors want governments to partner for healthy waterways

South East Queensland Councils contribute over $90 million collectively towards improving the health of SEQ waterways and SEQ Mayors are now calling for other levels of government to show their support and increase their investment.

SEQ Mayors today committed to the protection and responsible management of waterways […]

  • 06 / Dec / 2012
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SEQ Councils cut low-risk residential DA times by more than half

South East Queensland Councils have achieved a 58 per cent decrease in assessment time for low-risk residential development applications since the launch of the Council of Mayors (SEQ) Target 5 Days project one year ago.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Graham Quirk said SEQ Councils had made […]

  • 30 / Nov / 2012
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SEQ mayors acknowledge collaboration is the key to stronger tourism

South East Queensland mayors and councillors today acknowledged the joint role that local and state governments, regional tourism organisations and tourism operators must play to strengthen South East Queensland’s tourism industry.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Deputy Chairman John Brent said today’s Council of Mayors (SEQ) Regional Tourism […]

  • 23 / Nov / 2012
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SEQ mayors meet to boost regional tourism

South East Queensland’s regional mayors will meet next Friday in a bid to boost regional tourism in SEQ.

Mayors and councillors from Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim, Somerset and Toowoomba will attend the Council of Mayors (SEQ) regional tourism roundtable with a range of players from the […]

  • 14 / Oct / 2012
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Council of Mayors (SEQ) announce regional infrastructure priorities

The South East Queensland (SEQ) Mayors have refined their list of regional infrastructure priorities and are calling on both sides of politics to commit funding to these crucial projects in the lead up to the 2013 Federal Election.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman, Cr Graham Quirk said […]

  • 21 / Aug / 2012
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Councils to slash timeframes to deliver significant savings

A joint initiative from the Council of Mayors (SEQ) and the Local Government Association of Queensland is set to deliver savings of more than $17 million per annum to Queensland’s struggling property and construction sector.

The Development Assessment Process Reform – Operational Works and Large Subdivisions (DAPR-OWLS) […]

  • 04 / Jul / 2012
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Council of Mayors (SEQ) launch online SEQ Housing Affordability Calculator

Council of Mayors (SEQ), Chairman, Cr Graham Quirk and the Minister for Housing, Homelessness and Small Business, the Hon. Brendan O’Connor MP, today unveiled myhomemysuburb.com.au a user friendly website that calculates the true financial cost of housing choice.

The web based tool is a key deliverable of […]

  • 09 / Jun / 2012
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Queensland Moto Park (Wyaralong) wins Parks and Leisure Association planning award

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) has been awarded the Regional Planning Award from the Parks and Leisure Association of Queensland, at the Regional Awards Presentation held in Ipswich today.

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) Deputy Chairman, Cr John Brent, said it was fantastic to be recognised at […]

  • 07 / Jun / 2012
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SEQ Mayors discuss strategy and regional priorities at workshop

The South East Queensland (SEQ) Mayors meet tomorrow (Friday 8 June 2012), for the first time since the recent Local Government elections, at the Council of Mayors (SEQ) strategy workshop and board meeting.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Cr Graham Quirk will welcome four new Mayors to […]

  • 16 / Feb / 2012
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SEQ Mayors call for infrastructure to be a key State Election priority

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) wants the next State Government to commit to investing in infrastructure to support the economic and population growth strategies being promoted by both sides of politics.

Current State budget papers and outlook show a decrease in infrastructure investment of $5.5 billion over […]

  • 02 / Feb / 2012
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Queensland Moto Park clocks up successful first month

Over 3500 riders have visited South East Queensland’s new regional trail bike facility, Queensland Moto Park, Wyaralong since the park was opened in late December, 2011.

SEQ Regional Recreational Facilities Chairman, Cr Dave Cockburn told the company’s AGM in Beaudesert today that the eight investing Council’s were […]

  • 16 / Jun / 2012
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State and Local Government partner to improve housing affordability

The State Government has committed to working with Local Government to improve housing affordability in South East Queensland (SEQ).

Tuesday’s State Budget provided up to $2 million to the Council of Mayors (SEQ) Target 5 Days Extension Project to continue improvement to development assessment (DA) performance in […]

  • 19 / Jul / 2011
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SEQ Mayors unveil infrastructure priorities for region

SEQ Mayors today called for all major political parties to commit their support to 12 state and regional infrastructure priorities in South East Queensland (SEQ) ahead of the next State Election.

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) launched its submission Getting SEQ Moving 2011-2012 – National, State Regional […]

  • 30 / May / 2011
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More SEQ Councils on target to reduce development assessment timeframes

Scenic Rim, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba are the latest SEQ Councils to launch the Target 5 Days project, an initiative aimed at reducing residential development assessment timeframes to improve housing affordability.

Scenic Rim, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba have joined the growing list of SEQ Councils offering a […]

  • 09 / May / 2011
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Bligh not serious about water solution: SEQ Mayors and LGAQ

Premier Anna Bligh is not serious about finding a solution to water price increases in South East Queensland say SEQ Mayors and the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ).

One month after writing to the Premier seeking a meeting to discuss the State Government’s proposal to allow […]

  • 03 / May / 2011
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State Govt political games on water must stop: SEQ Mayors

SEQ Mayors have called on Premier Anna Bligh to stop playing political games and end the secrecy and deception over water pricing.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Councillor Graham Quirk said today that it was time for the State Government to take responsibility for the mess created […]

  • 29 / Apr / 2011
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SEQ Mayors declare Lockyer Valley open for business

South East Queensland Mayors today declared the Lockyer Valley region well and truly open for business following the devastating January floods.

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) board meeting was held at the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre in Gatton this morning.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Councillor Graham Quirk […]

  • 27 / Apr / 2011
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Lord Mayor Graham Quirk new Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman

New Brisbane Lord Mayor Councillor Graham Quirk was today announced as the new Chairman of the Council of Mayors (SEQ) with Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Bob Abbot elected as Deputy Chairman.

Councillors Quirk and Abbot provide great depth to the executive of the Council of Mayors (SEQ), […]

  • 08 / Apr / 2011
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SEQ Councils ‘well ahead’ of demand for building – report shows

SEQ Councils are delivering development approvals much faster than developers can build and sell developments a new State Government report shows.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Acting Chairman Councillor John Brent said that low market demand and uncertain economic conditions were slowing development, not council processes.

“More lots were […]

  • 08 / Apr / 2011
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SEQ Mayors defend local democracy for community say in planning

SEQ Mayors will today launch a campaign to defend the right of local communities to have their say in the future shape of South East Queensland.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Acting Chairman Councillor John Brent said the State Government’s planning powers, through the Urban Land Development Authority […]

  • 16 / Mar / 2011
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‘Target 5 Days’ project to reduce development assessment timeframes by 75 percent

The Australian Government and South East Queensland Councils are working together to improve housing affordability across the region, with the Target 5 Days project set to deliver approvals for low risk residential developments within five days.

Queensland Senator Mark Furner, representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, […]

  • 09 / Mar / 2011
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Trip down memory lane to water price increase

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) today reminded all South East Queensland residents about a statement made by the State Government’s Water Commissioner four years ago today.

On the 9 March 2007 the State Government’s then Water Commissioner Elizabeth Nosworthy released the pricing framework for water in South […]

  • 24 / Feb / 2011
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SEQ Mayors call for Federal Government decision on flood recovery funds

SEQ Mayors have called for State and Federal Governments to support South East Queensland councils with the massive recovery and rebuilding task following the January floods.

Rebuilding SEQ with financial assistance from the Federal and State Governments through the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) was […]

  • 21 / Feb / 2011
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The Facts of SEQ Water Reform: SEQ Mayors

SEQ Mayors have today joined together to condemn and correct the misinformation being spread by Gold Coast City Councillor Eddie Saroff regarding SEQ water prices, labelling his actions as political point scoring.

The Mayors said Cr Saroff’s media commentary on water prices was wrong and called on […]

  • 20 / Feb / 2011
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Wyaralong trail bike facility master plan unveiled

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) today unveiled the master plan for the Wyaralong Regional Trail Bike Facility and announced Motorcycling Queensland (MQ) as the selected facility operator.

Due to open in the second half of 2011, the master plan for the facility includes recreational trails, freestyleMX, supercross, […]

  • 21 / Dec / 2010
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State Government bulk water charges key to increased water bills: SEQ Mayors

An independent report commissioned by SEQ Mayors has confirmed that the State Government’s increased bulk water prices have been the key driver of higher water bills for South East Queensland residents.

The report, Review of Water Prices, was prepared by Dr David Cousins AM, the former Chair […]

  • 06 / Oct / 2010
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SEQ Mayors slam Bligh Government ‘anti democratic’ planning takeover

SEQ Mayors have reacted angrily to the Bligh Government decision to take direct control of planning for Stockland’s Caloundra South development from the Sunshine Coast Regional Council, describing the move as ‘anti-democratic’.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Councillor Campbell Newman said the Bligh Government was trampling on […]

  • 07 / Sep / 2010
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Councils have nothing to hide on water prices

South East Queensland Councils have today invited the State Government to commission an independent review of water prices to inform the public once and for all what is causing the large rises in water prices.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chair Campbell Newman and Local Government Association (Queensland) […]

  • 31 / Aug / 2010
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20 year vision for SEQ transport on the right track, but delivery is crucial

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) today welcomed the release of the State Government’s Integrated Regional Transport Plan (IRTP) – Connecting SEQ 2031 – as 20 year vision for ensuring the region’s transport infrastructure keeps up with population growth.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Campbell Newman said a […]

  • 06 / Aug / 2010
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South East Queensland congestion needs Federal fix

WITH the federal election campaigns of both major political parties centred in Brisbane starting this weekend, South East Queensland Mayors have today urged both political leaders to address the biggest issue facing the fastest growing region in Australia – traffic congestion.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chair Campbell […]

  • 27 / Jul / 2010
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Federal Government delivers for northern growth corridor, now for rest of the region

SEQ Mayors have welcomed the Federal Government’s support for the Redcliffe to Petrie rail line and called on both major parties to follow up with desperately needed infrastructure for the rest of the region.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Deputy Chair John Brent said the proposed rail line […]

  • 23 / Jul / 2010
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Water price rises driven by State Government reforms

THE Queensland Treasurer’s claim that Councils throughout South East Queensland (SEQ) are setting the water prices for the three new water companies is as misleading as it is wrong, according to SEQ Mayors.

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) puts the blame for water price increases fairly and […]

  • 18 / Jul / 2010
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Mayors launch SEQ’s ‘Magnificent 7’ infrastructure campaign

South East Queensland’s infrastructure challenges should be a key feature for all candidates in the upcoming Federal Election according to SEQ Mayors, who today launched their 2010 Federal Election infrastructure wish list – the ‘Magnificent 7’.

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) billboard campaign is being unveiled in […]

  • 11 / Jul / 2010
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SEQ Mayors call on Feds to recognise growth challenge in election promises

South East Queensland (SEQ) local government leaders today used World Population Day to advise candidates in the upcoming Federal Election that they will need to make fixing congestion bottlenecks a priority in any campaign aimed at winning the hearts and minds of SEQ residents.

Council of Mayors […]

  • 04 / Jun / 2010
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SEQ Councils invest $130 million on environment and koala land acquisition

SEQ Councils will continue significant investment in land acquisitions and develop local strategies to protect koala habitat as the State Government’s Koala Planning Provisions come into effect.

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) has revealed seven SEQ councils have spent over $130 million on behalf of local communities […]

  • 27 / May / 2010
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Wyaralong trail bike facility on track for 2011 opening

The $4 million regional trail bike facility at Wyaralong is on track to open in 2011 with the State Government and South East Queensland Councils committing over $2 million to develop the park.

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) today announced a $1.25 million commitment from SEQ Councils, […]

  • 26 / May / 2010
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All levels of Government need to work together to deliver a liveable SEQ

South East Queensland Mayors have reiterated the need for all levels of Government to work together on planning and delivery of infrastructure and services to maintain the liveability of a rapidly growing SEQ.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Councillor Campbell Newman said the initiatives announced by the […]

  • 21 / May / 2010
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Mayors secure Federal funding to improve housing affordability across SEQ

The South East Queensland Council of Mayors’ efforts to improve housing affordability for SEQ residents will move forward faster with $1.78 million in funding from the Federal Government’s Housing Affordability Fund.

Minister for Housing, Tanya Plibersek announced the funding for the ‘Liveable Compact Cities Project’ at a […]

  • 12 / May / 2010
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Feds need to keep up infrastructure spend: SEQ Mayors

The Federal Government will need to maintain a high level of infrastructure spending to underpin economic growth and remove capacity constraints, but last night’s Federal Budget falls well short of funding that commitment, SEQ Mayors say.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Councillor Campbell Newman said the proposed […]

  • 22 / Apr / 2010
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State should invest economic recovery in SEQ infrastructure catch up: Mayors

Local Mayors have backed the call by the Council of Mayors (SEQ) for the potential $11 billion dollar boost in State revenue to be largely directed towards badly needed infrastructure spending.

Independent new research by Access Economics shows that Queensland’s Budget could be up to $11 billion […]

  • 26 / Mar / 2010
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LNG deal makes Warrego Highway and Blacksoil Interchange upgrades essential

The State Government’s liquid natural gas export deal has made upgrades to the Warrego Highway crucial for South East Queensland according to the Council of Mayors (SEQ).

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Lord Mayor Campbell Newman said the infrastructure project was a national priority and was now […]

  • 11 / Mar / 2010
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Mayors call for strong government partnerships and community involvement to protect SEQ

The liveability of South East Queensland in the face of growth pressures requires a stronger partnership between all levels of government and a stronger commitment to work with the community to protect what is best about the region, according to the Council of Mayors (SEQ).

Council of […]

  • 26 / Feb / 2010
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Mayors continue commitment to infrastructure projects in South East Queensland

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) reinforced its commitment to advocate for allocation of government funding to South East Queensland infrastructure priorities at its strategy workshop held on the Gold Coast today.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Lord Mayor Campbell Newman said the Mayors were focused on meeting […]

  • 26 / Feb / 2010
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Council of Mayors (SEQ) admit Ipswich City Council back to fold

The Council of Mayors SEQ formally admitted Ipswich City Council back to the fold at today’s Board Meeting.

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) Pty Ltd resolved unanimously to admit Ipswich City Council to the organisation on the basis of conditions that are reproduced as stated in the […]

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