SEQ Mayors take fight for Federal funding to Canberra

23 / Jun / 2013 | News

South East Queensland Mayors will travel to Canberra this week to fight for Federal funding for South East Queensland priority projects.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Graham Quirk said SEQ Mayors would attend two days of meetings with Government and Opposition representatives to fight for SEQ’s fair share of Federal funding on behalf of the one in seven Australians that live in SEQ.

“The lead up to a Federal election gives us the perfect opportunity to lay South East Queensland’s ‘ready to go’ projects on the table of the major parties,” said Councillor Quirk.

“We will be taking our list of ‘Give A Beep’ transport upgrades with us, focusing on making SEQ’s transport links safe and efficient to boost local business productivity and ultimately create more jobs in local communities.

“In particular we will be seeking commitments for the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing and the Pacific Motorway, which have again fallen through the cracks as the election looms.

“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.

“And we will be pushing for funding of pilot projects that will have a positive impact on the economic development of our region, in the areas of tourism, inbound investment, digital futures and investment in natural assets.

“South East Queensland is an ideal regional test bed for these types of initiatives and we can provide the Federal Government with experience and lessons prior to national rollouts of successful projects.”

Cr Quirk said climate resilience was also a priority for SEQ Mayors.

“Recent natural disasters have had significant economic and social impacts on our region and the cost of repairs and inefficient systems are being worn by our community,” Cr Quirk said.

“We need to carry out projects to better understand water movement in SEQ and to focus on better land use planning and hazard resilience so that our community gets the best return on investment when recovering from these natural disasters.”

SEQ Mayors will meet with a number Ministers and Shadow Ministers including Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Wayne Swan, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese, Minister for Climate Change Greg Hunt, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Warren Truss and Shadow Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Water Senator Barnaby Joyce.