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 with Government Ministers, Opposition representatives and ambassadors to promote SEQ and its priority projects.
“We expect the coming Federal Budget to be pretty tight so the purpose of this Mayoral delegation will be to fight for SEQ’s fair share,” said Cr Quirk.
“While we will use this opportunity to start discussions around South East Queensland’s potential Olympic bid, a regional focus on climate resilience and waterways management is a priority for the Council of Mayors (SEQ).
“Over the past two decades significant progress has been made on managing waterway health through a range of local and regional catchment management initiatives.
“However, to ensure the waterways we rely on to support our growing population and economic prosperity remain healthy and sustainable, we are evolving this collective regional approach to catchment management.
“The Council of Mayors (SEQ) has led the formation of a high level agreement between the key organisations involved in catchment management. What we need now is the support of the Federal Government to progress this vital work,” said Cr Quirk.
Cr Quirk said the completion of key public infrastructure projects was also crucial to supporting SEQ’s growth. Twenty-nine road and transport projects across the region have been identified for discussion with the Government and Opposition.
“We believe that investment in infrastructure in SEQ is investment in the future productivity of the region.”
The SEQ Mayors will meet with a number Ministers and Shadow Ministers including Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull.
For the full list of priority projects, outlined in Investing in SEQ: Queensland’s Core Growth Region, visit seqmayors.qld.gov.au.