SEQ Mayors call for infrastructure to be a key State Election priority

16 / Feb / 2012 | News

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) wants the next State Government to commit to investing in infrastructure to support the economic and population growth strategies being promoted by both sides of politics.

Current State budget papers and outlook show a decrease in infrastructure investment of $5.5 billion over the next three years – reducing the State infrastructure investment from $23.4 billion to $17.8billion over three years.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) chairman, Councillor Graham Quirk said infrastructure needed to be a key election priority for South East Queensland (SEQ) and residents would like to see both parties address the issue.

“We appreciate the need for the State Government to represent the interests of all Queenslanders, but it is important for the State to invest adequately in infrastructure in the SEQ region which is home to 70 per cent of the state’s population,” said Cr Quirk.

“We can’t sustain a decrease to infrastructure spending with a growing population.

“What we need from the new State Government is a commitment for greater transport infrastructure to meet the burden placed on our existing networks.

“Council of Mayors (SEQ) has identified 12 projects of State and Regional significance that should be high on the ‘must do’ list of all State Election candidates in SEQ,” he said.

Projects of State and Regional Significance include: an emergency helipad (Lockyer Valley); Dangerous Open Level Crossing Elimination (Brisbane); a rural timber bridges replacement program; bus priority and bus corridor project (Sunshine Coast); outer circulating road (Toowoomba); Gold Coast Rapid Transit (stage two); Mt Lindesay Highway Upgrade (Logan); transitway and bikeway upgrades; Redland City to Gateway Motorway Corridor; Bayley Road Extension (Ipswich); Beaudesert Town Centre Bypass; Redland City to Port to Brisbane Corridor.

“Local government recognises infrastructure is the key to ensuring sustainable economic growth, we need the commitment from the both sides of politics that State infrastructure spending will build and support our future capacity,” said Cr Quirk.
“Making long term investments in public infrastructure creates jobs, attracts and encourages private sector investment, makes the economy more efficient and productive, and generates a multiplier of growth in other parts of the regional and state economy.”