Seven of the ten critical infrastructure projects highlighted by the Council of Mayors (SEQ) have received a commitment from one or more parties in the lead up to the Queensland State Election, but the region’s Mayors say there’s still work to be done.
While the region’s candidates have heard South East Queensland’s (SEQ) election priorities loud and clear, the Mayors remained committed to working in collaboration with the future State Government to ensure these vital infrastructure projects are delivered in full for the communities of SEQ.
Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chair Cr Graham Quirk said the region’s Mayors welcomed the initial commitments made by all parties, but recognised that many of them were either underfunded or still required a Commonwealth commitment to proceed.
“With SEQ representing more than seventy percent of the state’s population, it’s encouraging to see the major parties committing to deliver the major infrastructure our communities have been demanding for a long time,” said Cr Quirk.
“The long overdue North Coast Rail Line duplication, Brisbane Metro, Eastern Busway and the Pacific, Bruce, Mt Lindesay and Brisbane Valley highways all received initial nods from the major parties. These commitments acknowledge the hard work and advocacy efforts of SEQ’s Mayors and Councils.
“However, the job is not done yet. These commitments represent a good start for SEQ, but we’ll continue to work with the future State Government to ensure the region’s most critical infrastructure projects are fully funded and delivered.
“We’ll also continue to lobby for the Manly to Cleveland Rail duplication, Cunningham Highway upgrade and a passenger service from Toowoomba to Rosewood which are still needed to deliver a better connected, safe and more efficient SEQ.
“When November 25th comes and goes, the SEQ Mayors will continue to work with whoever forms government to ensure they honour their commitments and deliver the critical infrastructure we need to support the growth of this region,” said Cr Quirk.
The Council of Mayors (SEQ) has also had positive discussions with the current Queensland Government, the Liberal National Party and Pauline Hanson’s One Nation about the need for a collaborative statutory governance authority to drive the Resilient Rivers Initiative. These discussions will continue with the future State Government.
SEQ’s Most Critical Infrastructure Projects
Brisbane Valley Highway Upgrade
Bruce Highway Upgrades
Cunningham Highway (Yamanto to Willowbank)
Eastern Busway to Capalaba
M1 Pacific Motorway Upgrades
Mt Lindesay Highway Upgrade (Business Case)
Manly to Cleveland Rail Duplication
North Coast Rail Line between Beerburrum and Nambour
Toowoomba to Rosewood Bus / Rail Passenger Service (Business Case)