Calls from the Mayors of South East Queensland (SEQ) to get our region moving again have not gone unheard as the Turnbull Government commits $215 million to fix Queensland’s notorious stretch of the Pacific Motorway.
The Coalition is expected make its funding announcement this afternoon, allocating $105 million to fix the Gateway merge and another $110 million to address the Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes section of the M1.
Both Pacific Motorway projects have been key priorities in the Council of Mayors’ (SEQ) current Federal election campaign #GetSEQMoving, a push to secure commitments from our major political parties to address SEQ’s lagging infrastructure.
Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chair Cr Graham Quirk said the SEQ Mayors have been telling our Federal candidates it’s time to get SEQ moving, and this announcement is confirmation the message is getting through.
“The Council of Mayors (SEQ) has been lobbying for a fix for the Pacific Motorway for many years, and it’s been a specific focus of our latest Federal election advocacy efforts. To secure a commitment to fix one of the region’s worst bottlenecks is a huge win for SEQ,” said Cr Quirk.
“South East Queenslanders have been waiting very patiently during this Federal election campaign for their fair share of infrastructure funding. On behalf of the 145,000 commuters who travel the M1 everyday, we’re thankful to the Coalition that the wait is almost over.
“The Pacific Motorway is the crucial link between Queensland’s two biggest cities. This upgrade will not only improve travel time and safety for commuters, but also provide a massive boost to SEQ’s economy.”
The #GetSEQMoving campaign will run until 2 July urging local residents to ask their Federal candidate how they plan to fund and deliver the infrastructure needed to get SEQ’s roads and public transport moving again.
Key SEQ infrastructure priorities also include the Ipswich Motorway (Darra to Rocklea), an upgrade to the Mt Lindesay Highway, the North Coast Rail Line duplication, and prioritisation of the SEQ section of the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail project.
A complete list of SEQ infrastructure priorities can be viewed in the Council of Mayors’ (SEQ) Federal advocacy document, A Shared Future: Collaborative Opportunities for South East Queensland at seqmayors.qld.gov.au.