The Council of Mayors (SEQ) today welcomed the Palaszczuk Government’s pledge to deliver the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing on schedule.
The Toowoomba Second Range Crossing sits on the top of the Council of Mayors’ (SEQ) list of priority infrastructure projects, a position supported by the RACQ, Queensland’s peak motoring body.
Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Cr Graham Quirk said this announcement was important as this project would improve safety and productivity across the region.
“This is one of the most critical nation-building projects so it is good news to receive confirmation the project will continue to be delivered as previously scheduled.
“The Toowoomba Second Range Crossing has been on political agendas for decades, to have it fall at the final hurdle would have been a travesty for the people of Queensland.”
Toowoomba Mayor Cr Paul Antonio stressed the importance of the Second Range Crossing to both maintain employment opportunities in Toowoomba, the Lockyer Valley, the greater Darling Downs and the South East.
“It is estimated this project will create more than 1800 full time equivalent jobs during the three year construction period, as well improving travel time and reducing crashes by delivering a safer and less congested route,” he said.
“We welcome the renewed commitment to this critical piece of infrastructure for the South East. It is a timely confidence boost to the construction industry as we feel the impacts of a downturn in the resource industry across Queensland,” said Cr Antonio.
The Council of Mayors (SEQ) will continue to lobby the Federal and State Government to address the infrastructure backlog in SEQ and secure investment for the future of the region.
The full list of the Council of Mayors’ (SEQ) priority infrastructure projects is outlined in Investing in Queensland’s Core Growth Region: 2015 Queensland State Election Advocacy Document and can be viewed at seqmayors.qld.gov.au.