Council of Mayors' (SEQ) 2017 Federal Advocacy

Smart, Sustainable and Safe: South East Queensland’s Collaborative Future

South East Queensland (SEQ), home to one in seven Australians, is a region unlike any other. The strong economic growth, high standard of living, and idyllic climate and lifestyle on offer in SEQ present a myriad of opportunities for residents, visitors and investors. The region continues to be an economic powerhouse, generating nearly one fifth of the nation’s growth over the past decade.

Five of the ten largest councils in Australia call SEQ home, with our councils serving a population which will grow to more than 5 million by 2041. SEQ’s population growth fuels future projections of strong economic growth for the region in coming decades. However, these great opportunities come with real challenges. The region is already facing the challenge of planning and delivering the infrastructure and services needed to accommodate its increasing population, drive productivity and address rising cost of living pressures.

SEQ’s sub tropical climate also leaves the region vulnerable to severe weather events and drought, significantly impacting the catchments and waterways that are the lifeblood of our businesses and communities. Right now, a lack of government investment in SEQ has the potential to stall the growth that has significantly contributed to the advancement of the state and national economy.

Through strong and positive partnerships with the Commonwealth Government and the Queensland Government, the Council of Mayors (SEQ) has demonstrated its capacity to support the successful, ongoing growth of SEQ.

Collaboration for the future 

What elevates SEQ above other regions is the strong history of regional cooperation and collaborative action between the region’s eleven councils. A coalition of some of the most powerful local governments in Australia, the Council of Mayors (SEQ) is the ideal vehicle to demonstrate how all tiers of government can work together for the benefit of all.

The agenda of the Council of Mayors (SEQ) is firmly focused on economic growth and a high quality of life for the communities of SEQ through the delivery of effective infrastructure, world leading environmental initiatives and the best advances in productive technology. The Council of Mayors (SEQ) seeks to further this agenda through strategic partnerships, innovative funding and delivery models, and co-investment with government and industry to maximise outcomes for the SEQ community.

We know – and have shown for many years – that working strategically across all levels of government is the key to empowering the nation’s regions, and securing the long term success and prosperity of SEQ.

Smart investment in SEQ 

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) is seeking a partnership with the Federal Government, in conjunction with the Queensland Government, to facilitate a pipeline of long term investment in this region, and to expedite the delivery of important infrastructure.

A reliance on unreliable, one-out funding is no longer meeting the demands of a growing SEQ, illustrating the need for a more sustainable and innovative approach to financing the works needed to maintain the liveability of the region. This has been demonstrated through the Council of Mayors’ (SEQ) ongoing work in developing a ‘City Deal’ model for application in SEQ and its early investigations into a potential regional bid for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

There is a clear alignment in the agenda of the Council of Mayors (SEQ) and the objectives of the Commonwealth Government. It is this synergy, alongside our region’s unparalleled record in collaborative delivery, which paves the way for smart and innovative investment in SEQ.

View the complete list of the Council of Mayors’ (SEQ) recommendations for the Commonwealth Government here. 

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