SEQ Mayors welcome a “hat-trick” of major roads funding

12 / May / 2015 | News

The Mayors of South East Queensland have welcomed funding for three major regional infrastructure projects in tonight’s Federal Budget.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Cr Graham Quirk said that during the annual SEQ Mayoral Delegation to Canberra in March, the Mayors of SEQ had presented their major infrastructure priorities to the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister.

The top three priorities have all been included in tonight’s Budget:

  • Bruce Highway upgrade ($500 million in 2015-16; total Federal project funding of $6.7 billion)
  • Toowoomba Second Range Crossing ($316.65 million in 2015-16; total Federal project funding of $1.285 billion)
  • Gateway Motorway North upgrade ($50 million in 2015-16; total Federal project funding of $929.6 million).

“These projects were the highest priorities for our region, and what a fantastic hat-trick for the communities of SEQ to have all three funded tonight”, said Cr Quirk.

“Tonight, the Federal Government has recognised SEQ’s real value for investment by government at all levels. Our growth in population and economic terms has been nation-leading for more than a generation. Now, more than ever, we are Queensland – and Australia’s – core growth region.

“These three projects will make a very significant contribution to the economy and quality of life of our region.

The three projects have formed part of the Council of Mayors (SEQ)’s advocacy efforts for several years and are featured in the 2015 Federal Advocacy Document, Investing in SEQ: Queensland’s Core Growth Region.

The SEQ Mayors also welcomed confirmation of funding for a number of other regional infrastructure priorities:

  • Moreton Bay Rail Link ($102 million in 2015-16; total Federal project funding of $518.4 million)
  • Ipswich Motorway upgrade – Rocklea to Darra (whilst not funded in 2015-16, has now been included for funding in forward estimates; total Federal project funding of $558 million)
  • Inland Rail – ongoing funding for this nationally and regionally significant project, with the delivery plan expected mid-2015
  • Bridges Renewal Programme – $60 million in 2015-16, of which a significant part is likely to go towards non-urban areas of SEQ.

“We recognise this is a financially challenging time for Australia and for South East Queensland but we are committed to working with the Federal Government to build an even brighter future for our region and the nation. We thank the Federal Government for its support of SEQ in the Budget.”