Canberra calls lead to breakthrough for SEQ bottlenecks

28 / Mar / 2017 | News

The Council of Mayors’ (SEQ) ongoing Federal lobbying campaigns to upgrade the Pacific Motorway and Mt Lindesay Highway have been answered with a joint effort from the Commonwealth and Queensland Government to finally fix South East Queensland’s worst bottlenecks.

The announcement of a $500 million Federal and State roads package, the majority of which was focused on the state’s south east corner, followed a two day delegation in Canberra where the SEQ Mayors identified the M1 and Mt Lindesay Highway as immediate priority projects.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chair Cr Graham Quirk said the SEQ Mayors had been pushing for action on these notorious stretches of road for a number of years, and it was promising to see progress for SEQ’s commuters.

“The Council of Mayors (SEQ) has been lobbying for a fix for the Pacific Motorway and Mt Lindesay for many years, and they’ve been a specific focus of our latest advocacy efforts in Canberra. To secure a commitment to fix some of the region’s worst bottlenecks is a massive win for SEQ,” said Cr Quirk.

“The hard work of the SEQ Mayors is not over yet. We’ll continue to push for the commitments of the Federal and State governments to be delivered as quickly and painlessly as possible for the residents and businesses that rely on these roads everyday.”

City of Logan Mayor Luke Smith said the announcement of upgrades to the Pacific Motorway and Mt Lindesay Highway was a win for the residents and business of Logan and SEQ.

“The Logan community has been waiting for years for these upgrades so this announcement is a positive step for the 145,000 commuters who travel the M1 every day,” said Cr Smith.

“It’s a relief to finally see some progress being made on these priority projects, but we’ll be keeping a close eye on what these upgrades will look like and how they’ll be delivered in the coming months and years.

“We still need a fully costed business case for upgrading the Mt Lindesay Highway from Browns Plains to Beaudesert rather than piecemeal solutions along the way so we will continue to campaign hard for that.

“The announcement from the Federal and State governments is certainly good news for the region, but we’ve still got a long way to go before we start seeing some real relief for SEQ’s commuters. The SEQ Mayors will continue to watch closely as the full details for these upgrades emerge.”

The M1 Pacific Motorway and Mt Lindesay Highway upgrades were recently listed as priority projects for SEQ as part of the Council of Mayors’ (SEQ) 2017 Federal Advocacy Document, Smart, Sustainable and Safe: South East Queensland’s Collaborative Future.