Federal Government delivers for northern growth corridor, now for rest of the region

27 / Jul / 2010 | News

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 would service an area projected to accommodate another 73,000 people over the next decade.

“The northern corridor between Pine Rivers and Redcliffe will accommodate 5.8 per cent of the growth in SEQ over the next 20 years,” Cr Brent said.

“If the Federal Government is to deliver its promise of a sustainable population for SEQ, then we need a major investment in transport infrastructure across each of our major growth corridors.

“Over the past few years, we have seen major investments from the Federal and State Government, particularly in the western corridor and the Gateway Motorway.

“Given the rapid population growth in SEQ over the past two decades, together with the projections of another 1.3 million people over the next decade, Federal, State and Local Governments need to be working in partnership to roll out infrastructure right across the region.

“The Council of Mayors (SEQ) has identified seven vital transport infrastructure projects, named the Magnificent 7, to complement the SEQ Regional Plan and get SEQ moving. We have presented these proposals to the Federal Government and Opposition and are awaiting their response,” Cr Brent said.