The eleven Mayors of South East Queensland (SEQ) are speaking out in support of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing and want both sides of politics to commit to funding the critical project in the lead up to the September Federal Election.
Cr Quirk said that while each Council has their own infrastructure priorities, the united SEQ Mayors group has identified the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing as a top priority project that will provide regional benefits.
“The reality is this project stacks up, it is supported by the State Government and will increase safety, drive productivity and boost economic development opportunities for the whole SEQ region,” said Cr Quirk.
Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor, Cr Paul Antonio said the project is not only key to ensuring the long term liveability of Toowoomba City, but also the wider region.
“Economic development is a key priority for SEQ and our region needs this infrastructure project delivered to support our future growth,” said Cr Antonio.
“More broadly, the Toowoomba Bypass is the vital link of a broader Western Freight Corridor and will play a pivotal role in this country’s national transport network. “
“The remarkable freight movements generated by the burgeoning Surat Basin energy corridor make the need for the bypass more urgent than ever. Further, the case for the bypass is strengthened when our proximity to some of this nation’s richest agricultural land is considered in the context of the State Government’s plan to double the production of agriculture in Queensland by 2040.”
“The Toowoomba Bypass is vital to support the growth of our region and importantly, both the Queensland and national economy.” Cr Antonio said.
“It’s not just about economic benefits though, it will also address ongoing safety and traffic delay issues by reducing crash incidents on the existing range crossing and the number of trucks passing through Toowoomba City,” said Cr Antonio.
The existing range crossing is nearing capacity, the 2011 Average Annual Daily Traffic was 23,052 increasing in 2012 to 26,000 daily recordings.