SEQ Mayors say key SEQ transport upgrades have fallen through the cracks

30 / May / 2013 | News

SEQ Mayors are again urging South East Queenslanders to ‘give a beep’ about transport upgrades following the Federal Budget and the Opposition’s budget reply.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Councillor Graham Quirk said key transport upgrades like the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing and the Pacific Motorway had again fallen through the cracks.

“The fact that there has been no talk by the Government or the Opposition about the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing and the Pacific Motorway is of great concern to SEQ Mayors,” said Cr Quirk.

“These are two of the most critical projects for SEQ’s productivity and economic growth but as every Federal election approaches, they fall through the cracks.

“SEQ needs action on these priority transport projects now.”

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) month-long ‘Give A Beep’ infrastructure campaign will wrap up at the end of May however Cr Quirk said it was not an end to SEQ Mayors advocacy efforts on transport upgrades.

“SEQ Mayors will be stepping up their lobbying efforts from now until the Federal election in September,” Cr Quirk said.

“Next month, we will be travelling to Canberra to meet with the major parties and the more beeps we have the stronger our argument for funding will be.

“There is still time for South East Queenslanders to stand up and be counted by registering their ‘beep’ at
www.giveabeep.com.au.

“The Commonwealth needs to be reminded the people pushing for these projects are members of the voting public who will not put up with all talk and no action for another term of government.”

The Government and the Opposition have both committed funds to the Gateway Motorway North upgrade.

Additionally, the Government has committed $400 million to the Bruce Highway in SEQ and $715 million towards the Cross River Rail project.

For a full list of projects and to register your ‘beep’ visit www.giveabeep.com.au