SEQ Mayors welcome the Federal Budget infrastructure spend

14 / May / 2014 | News

SEQ Mayors have today welcomed the $13.4 billion spend on Queensland road projects announced in last night’s Federal Budget.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Cr Graham Quirk said a majority of the funding would be allocated to projects in South East Queensland.

“This is a strong demonstration of the fact the Abbott Government recognises the importance of the region in contributing to the nation’s economic growth,” Cr Quirk said,

“The Federal Government has committed $9 billion for the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, Bruce Highway and Gateway Motorway North projects.

“We are pleased that the Abbott Government has confirmed these commitments and will meet its responsibility to fund these projects.

“The Council of Mayors (SEQ) through its advocacy efforts has been pushing the Federal Government for years to address the infrastructure backlog in the south east and this budget shows we are finally being heard.

“In a time when belts are being tightened to pay down debt and increase saving, it is positive to see the government prioritising infrastructure and investing in the future productivity of SEQ.

“The importance of these projects can not be underestimated – they will reduce congestion, increase productivity and create jobs.”

Cr Quirk said South East Queensland was home to one in seven Australians and was punching above its weight, delivering around one-fifth of the nation’s growth.

“After years of underinvestment, this government is putting its money where its mouth is and committing to funding its fair share of critical nation building projects,” he said.

“That said, this is really just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Council of Mayors (SEQ) has identified a further 20 infrastructure priorities for the region that need funding now.

“We will continue to make noise and secure direct commitments from both major parties in the lead up to budget and election times to ensure projects don’t spend years lying dormant on political agendas.

“We recognise this is a challenging time for Australia and for South East Queensland but we look forward to working with the federal government to build an even brighter future for our region and the nation.”