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 the challenges of growth and infrastructure in the region.
“South East Queensland is home to three million people, or 1 in 7 Australians and as a region SEQ generates one fifth of the nation’s economic growth,” said Councillor Newman.
“Our focus has been on meeting the challenges of managing current and future population growth and highlighting the infrastructure needed to meet these challenges.
“The Council of Mayors recent delegation to Canberra highlighted seven ‘national priority’ infrastructure projects that require federal government investment.
“This strategy workshop has provided an opportunity to plan the next steps to make these seven infrastructure priorities a reality.”
Gold Coast Mayor Councillor Ron Clarke said the Gold Coast would directly benefit from at least two of the infrastructure priorities, with indirect benefits flowing on from the other five projects.
“The Council of Mayors is pushing to upgrade the Gold Coast rail line, extending the service to Elanora and Coolangatta to provide key linkages to the Gold Coast Airport and the Gold Coast Rapid Transit project,” Cr Clarke said.
“An upgrade to the Pacific Highway between the Gateway and Logan Motorways is also on our national priority infrastructure agenda for 2010.
“This section of road is a key part of a nationally significant freight route and the primary traffic corridor connecting the Gold Coast and southern SEQ.
“The current bottleneck must be addressed.”
Other items for discussion included working towards the implementation of the SEQ Regional Plan while accommodating population growth and preserving the prized quality of life enjoyed by South East Queenslanders.