SEQ Mayors calling on Queenslanders to ‘give a beep’ about transport upgrades

07 / May / 2013 | News

SEQ Mayors are calling on South East Queenslanders to show they ‘give a beep’ about transport upgrades across the region in a bid to secure funding from the major parties in the lead up to the 2013 Federal Election.

The month-long campaign launched today asks SEQ residents to throw their support behind transport upgrade projects in their local community by registering their ‘beep’ at www.giveabeep.com.au.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Councillor Graham Quirk said it was time for the major Federal parties to address the long-standing infrastructure backlog in SEQ and invest in the future of this region.

“Our Federal politicians need to show the voters of South East Queensland they are willing to put their money where their mouth is during the election campaign and commit financially to regional transport upgrades,” Cr Quirk said.

“Everyone from families to truckies to tradies will benefit from faster and safer transport links and every project we can get funding for will make a difference to SEQ.

“We want Canberra to commit to key transport upgrades that will reduce congestion, boost local business’ productivity and ultimately create more jobs in local communities.”

Cr Quirk said the more support the Council of Mayors (SEQ) could get from the SEQ community, the more bargaining power they would have at the table when fighting for a fair share of Federal funding.

“It is as easy as logging onto the ‘give a beep’ website and hitting the ‘beep’ button at the top of the screen to show support for transport upgrades in SEQ,” he said.

“The more beeps we get, the louder the message will be to Federal candidates about the importance of these transport upgrades to voters in South East Queensland.”

Cr Quirk said SEQ Mayors were united in getting key SEQ transport upgrades on the Federal platform of the major parties.

“The Council of Mayors (SEQ) has listed 36 infrastructure projects that need Federal funding, from big ticket projects like the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing and upgrades to the Bruce, Pacific and Cunningham Highways, right through to localised projects that will make a real difference to the community,” he said.

For a full list of projects and to register visit www.giveabeep.com.au