SEQ Mayors’ fight for Federal infrastructure funding pays off

03 / May / 2016 | News

The SEQ Mayors’ consistent fight for our region’s fair share of infrastructure funding has been rewarded in this year’s Federal Budget.

Major SEQ infrastructure priorities to get the green light in the Budget include the Ipswich Motorway – Darra to Rocklea Upgrade and the Pacific Motorway – Coomera Interchange.

The commitment of $594 million in equity funding to acquire land for the Brisbane to Melbourne Inland Rail corridor, and to continue pre-construction works and due diligence activities, is a nationally and regionally vital investment. The Inland Rail project will provide significant infrastructure and investment benefits right across SEQ, and create new jobs and enable new industries for generations to come.

These are projects heavily pushed during the Council of Mayors’ (SEQ) most recent Canberra delegation and have been regional priorities for some years.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chair Cr Graham Quirk said the residents and businesses of SEQ are the big Budget winners with funding committed to get major roads and railways – and the SEQ economy – moving again.

“The Council of Mayors (SEQ) has long pushed for strategic investment in our region, and the infrastructure that drives it, to deliver a strong and growing national economy. This Budget and the Turnbull Government’s Smart Cities agenda are big steps in the right direction.

“This year’s Budget and the recently released Smart Cities Plan pave the way for a real partnership between our region and all levels of government, particularly in the funding and delivery of major infrastructure.

“SEQ stands ready and willing to work with the Federal and State Governments to deliver the best, most productive infrastructure for our region in a cost effective and timely way,” said Cr Quirk.

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) also welcomed confirmation of ongoing funding for a number of previously announced regional priorities including the Bruce Highway Upgrade, Gateway North Upgrade, Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, Moreton Bay Rail Link and Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2.

The Council of Mayors’ (SEQ) Federal advocacy document, A Shared Future: Collaborative Opportunities for South East Queensland, can be viewed at seqmayors.qld.gov.au.