Mayors putting SEQ on Federal agenda

30 / Nov / 2015 | News

Major infrastructure projects and funding models, protecting SEQ’s waterways and boosting the region’s economy are at the top of the agenda as a delegation of ten SEQ Mayors and Deputy Mayors meets in Canberra today with key Government and Opposition representatives.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman and Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will lead the SEQ delegation to Canberra to ignite discussions with the Turnbull Government, following a successful Mayoral visit earlier this year.

“During our March visit to Canberra, the Mayors put forward a strong case for SEQ resulting in a Federal commitment of more than $900 million for key infrastructure projects and ongoing support for the region’s Resilient Rivers Initiative,” said Cr Quirk.

“The SEQ Mayors will use this opportunity to continue these important discussions with the Turnbull Government to ensure the needs and opportunities of our region are firmly placed on the Federal agenda.

“Specifically, the Council of Mayors (SEQ) is keen to discuss the infrastructure needed to support our growing region and investigate alternate models for better prioritising and funding of infrastructure projects for SEQ.

“The appointment of a dedicated Local Government Minister is a strong sign of the Turnbull Government’s commitment to building a partnership with Councils. We intend to take full advantage of the opportunity to secure the future of SEQ in light of the Turnbull Government’s focus on regional and urban growth,” said Cr Quirk.

Other priorities on the Council of Mayors’ (SEQ) agenda include the Smart and Safe SEQ Initiative, disaster resilience and recovery funding, and the region’s housing affordability.

The SEQ Mayors will meet with eight representatives from the Government and Opposition during their one day visit to Canberra.

For the full list of priority projects and details, outlined in the Council of Mayors (SEQ) 2015 -16 Federal Advocacy Document A Shared Future: Collaborative Opportunities for South East Queensland, visit seqmayors.qld.gov.au.