South East Queensland’s infrastructure challenges should be a key feature for all candidates in the upcoming Federal Election according to SEQ Mayors, who today launched their 2010 Federal Election infrastructure wish list – the ‘Magnificent 7’.
The Council of Mayors (SEQ) billboard campaign is being unveiled in the fastest growing region in Australia today and radio advertising will begin tomorrow.
SEQ residents are being encouraged to show their support by signing an e-petition calling on the Federal Government to fund SEQ’s Magnificent 7 infrastructure projects. All they need to do is Google “SEQ Mayors”.
Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chair Campbell Newman said fixing the region’s infrastructure capacity constraints should be a key priority for all candidates competing in the upcoming Federal Election.
“The Magnificent 7 will deliver travel time savings for residents and businesses, as well as improved safety, increased economic productivity and better connectivity, linking public transport with where people will live and work,” Cr Newman said.
“The Magnificent 7 infrastructure projects are in the South East Queensland Infrastructure Plan and Program (SEQIPP) and will address congestion hot spots.
“Historic under-investment and rapid population growth is adding to SEQ’s congestion woes. There is a real need for the Federal Government to match State and Local Government spending on transport infrastructure at the very least.”
The Magnificent 7, vital transport infrastructure projects for SEQ, include:
• Delivering the Toowoomba Bypass;
• Upgrading Kingsford Smith Drive;
• Extending the Eastern Busway to Capalaba;
• Fixing the Warrego Highway/Blacksoil intersection;
• Widening the Pacific Motorway through Logan;
• Expanding the Sunshine Coast Airport; and
• Upgrading and extending the Gold Coast Rail Line through to Coolangatta.
Cr Newman said it was time the Commonwealth played a bigger role in financing roads and transport infrastructure.
“The Federal Government collects about three to four times as much tax from road users as it puts back into building and managing this country’s roads and public transport. It does very little,” he said.
“As the level of government that continues to take the lion’s share of tax from road users, the Federal Government can – and should – do more to get SEQ moving.”
Urging all SEQ residents to sign the ‘Magnificent 7’ e-Petition, Council of Mayors (SEQ) Deputy Chair John Brent said it was one of the easiest and most democratic ways to send a message to decision-makers in Canberra.
“An election campaign is a very good time to find out whether your elected representatives are listening and if they will fight for what you want,” he said.