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 the three tiers of projects will be the focus of advocacy efforts over the next 12 months as the SEQ Mayors put the Federal Government and Coalition on notice.
“We have identified regional projects that would increase the region’s productivity, stack up with a cost benefit analysis, have the support from all SEQ Councils and are integrated with State planning frameworks,” said Cr Quirk.
“We are working together as a region to prioritise what is needed to facilitate and sustain future economic and employment growth for SEQ. Investment from the Federal Government is needed to support these crucial infrastructure projects.
“With one fifth of all new jobs generated in Australia located in SEQ and the creation of another 800,000 new jobs over the next two decades, SEQ remains a powerhouse of Australia’s future.
“Economic and employment growth of the southeast Queensland region is a key priority and we need these infrastructure projects delivered to support our future growth.”
The following projects have been identified by the Council of Mayors (SEQ) as the priority infrastructure projects for the SEQ region.
High Priority National Highway Projects:
• Pacific Highway Upgrade – Logan (Gateway Merge) and Gold Coast (Worongary to Elanora)
• Toowoomba Second Range Crossing
• Bruce Highway (Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway)
• Cunningham Highway (Yamanto to Ebenezer / Amberley)
• Bruce Highway – Boundary Road Interchange.
Supported National Highway Projects:
• Bruce Highway – Cooroy to Curra Section A
• Gateway Motorway North
• Warrego Highway West
Other Priority Infrastructure Projects:
• Kingsford Smith Drive
• Sunshine Coast Airport
• Gold Coast Light Rail – Stage Two
• Eastern Busway and Northern Busway
• Brisbane Inner Rail Solution