Federal political candidates, it’s time to get SEQ moving

07 / Jun / 2016 | News

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 urged to ask their Federal election candidates how they plan to fund and deliver the major infrastructure needed for South East Queensland.

“SEQ Mayors are seeking continued commitment from Federal candidates to ensure the speedy delivery of already funded key transport infrastructure projects, including the Bruce Highway upgrades, the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing and Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2,” he said.

“We are seeking a commitment from the Federal political parties to fund and deliver the next round of infrastructure needed to get our region moving again.

“While other states and territories have seen major infrastructure projects given the green light in the past months, South East Queenslanders are still in the dark when it comes to the major parties’ plans for the future of our region.

“We cannot risk stalling the SEQ economy which contributes so much across Queensland and nationally, which is why innovative and farsighted decisions are needed right now.

“I urge local residents to ask your Federal candidate how they plan to fund and deliver the infrastructure we need to get South East Queensland’s roads moving.”

The #GetSEQMoving campaign will run until the Federal election on 2 July. The campaign will demand a firm commitment from our major political parties to address SEQ’s lagging infrastructure.

Key SEQ infrastructure priorities include an upgrade and alternative route for the Pacific Motorway, the Ipswich Motorway (Darra to Rocklea), North Coast Rail Line duplication, and prioritisation of the SEQ section of the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail project.

A complete list of SEQ infrastructure priorities can be viewed in the Council of Mayors’ (SEQ) Federal advocacy document, A Shared Future: Collaborative Opportunities for South East Queensland at seqmayors.qld.gov.au.