The Council of Mayors’ (SEQ) ongoing Federal lobbying campaigns to upgrade the Pacific Motorway and Mt Lindesay Highway have been answered with a joint effort from the Commonwealth and Queensland Government to finally fix South East Queensland’s worst bottlenecks.
The announcement of a $500 million Federal and State roads package, the majority of which was focused on the state’s south east corner, followed a two day delegation in Canberra where the SEQ Mayors identified the M1 and Mt Lindesay Highway as immediate priority projects.
The Council of Mayors (SEQ) is pleased to announce the permanent appointment of Scott Smith to the position of Executive Director.
Many of you would recognise Scott as a familiar face at the Council of Mayors (SEQ), previously heading up the organisation’s development assessment and planning reform […]
The Council of Mayors (SEQ) is bringing the future of transport to South East Queensland with the rollout of a series of driverless vehicle trials across the region, in partnership with autonomous vehicle supplier EasyMile and transport operator TransDev.
The trials are an outcome of the Council […]
Today the region’s Mayors issued a plea to the future Queensland Government: Work with us to connect the region’s major corridors to support the needs of a growing South East Queensland (SEQ).
Speaking at today’s announcement of the Council of Mayors’ (SEQ) 2017/18 State Advocacy Priorities, the […]
Eight South East Queensland (SEQ) Mayors and Councillors will promote SEQ’s business and investment opportunities to Asia Pacific investors when they represent the region at the 2017 Asia Pacific Cities Summit in Daejeon, South Korea next week.
Cr Quirk said the 2017 Asia Pacific Cities Summit was […]
Efficient public transport, smart technology and innovation, and the delivery of cost effective civic services were just part of the lessons seven South East Queensland (SEQ) Mayors and Councillors will bring back to their respective councils following a successful business mission to Singapore.
In a first for […]
Funding for the Sunshine Coast’s outdated and overloaded North Coast Rail Line should be a priority in tomorrow’s State Budget announcement, according to South East Queensland’s (SEQ) Mayors.
The duplication and upgrade of the North Coast Rail Line has been on the political agenda for many years […]
The Council of Mayors (SEQ) joined forces with the Queensland Department of State Development, Port of Brisbane and Brisbane, Ipswich and Logan councils to promote SEQ as an ideal destination for manufacturing business and investment.
More than 10,000 delegates and 230 exhibitors participated in the National Manufacturing […]
Around $20 million worth of farm and resource management applications, supply chain solutions and bio-technology have been pitched as part of this month’s 400M AgTech Investment Forum in Toowoomba.
The 400M AgTech Investment Forum is a platform for pitching market (or close to market) ready projects in […]
Brisbane, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley and Somerset Councils have partnered with the Queensland Government to deliver the most detailed and comprehensive flood study ever undertaken in Australia.
Incorporating 170 years of historical rainfall data and investigated 11,340 scenarios that influence flooding, the Brisbane River Catchment Flood Study will […]
March was a month of weather extremes for SEQ, with Somerset Regional Council joining seven more Queensland councils as drought declared before ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie brought heavy rainfall and flooding to the region.
Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne declared Somerset Regional Council along with […]
The Council of Mayors (SEQ) is seeking submissions from suitably experienced consultants to undertake a South East Queensland People Mass Movement Study.
This significant study will play a crucial role in planning for South East Queensland and is a primary activity to support a feasibility study and […]
The Mayors of South East Queensland (SEQ) today released their Olympic Pre-feasibility Analysis Report, which indicates the region has the capability and capacity to successfully bid for and host the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The SEQ Mayors endorsed the conclusions of the pre-feasibility study, which determined […]
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 […]
In an Australian first, the Council of Mayors (SEQ) has launched an online investment portal focused on promoting South East Queensland (SEQ) and showcasing its project-ready opportunities to domestic and international investors.
The digital portal, SEQInvest.com.au, has taken the standard hard copy prospectus to a new level […]
South East Queensland (SEQ) is the obvious choice of partner for the Federal Government in the nation’s first ‘City Deal’, a new approach to infrastructure funding that was recently backed by the Turnbull Government.
Federal Cities Minister Angus Taylor announced the adoption of an Australian ‘City Deals’ […]
The Port of Brisbane’s proposed $100 million cruise ship terminal at Luggage Point signals big things to come for South East Queensland, according to the region’s Mayors.
The proposal will enable supersized liners to easily dock in Brisbane and increase the region’s slice of Australia’s $3.2 billion […]
Major infrastructure projects and funding models, protecting SEQ’s waterways and boosting the region’s economy are at the top of the agenda as a delegation of ten SEQ Mayors and Deputy Mayors meets in Canberra today with key Government and Opposition representatives.
Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman and […]
The Lockyer Valley catchment and neighbouring Mid Brisbane catchment, both devastated in the 2011 and 2013 floods, are the first two catchments to benefit from the work of the Resilient Rivers Initiative.
Fernvale farmer Jeff Payne was left with a dangerous 20-metre high creek embankment when the […]
The Council of Mayors (SEQ) today urged the Queensland Government to investigate an alternative funding model to deliver the infrastructure needed to service South East Queensland’s (SEQ) growing population.
In response to the Queensland Government’s Delivering an Infrastructure Plan for Queensland directions paper, the SEQ Mayors have […]
The Council of Mayors (SEQ) has welcomed the Queensland Government’s announcement of a $160 million package of road upgrades for the Gold Coast in the lead up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Upgrades to the Gold Coast’s road network, particularly Southport-Burleigh Road and Nerang-Broadbeach Road, have long […]
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 […]
The Council of Mayors (SEQ) today welcomed the Queensland Government’s commitment to construct the Beaudesert Town Centre Bypass in partnership with Scenic Rim Regional Council.
The Beaudesert Town Centre Bypass has long been identified as a major priority as part of the Council of Mayors’ (SEQ) list […]
The Council of Mayors (SEQ) is inviting the Federal Government to join the Resilient Rivers initiative, a coalition of government and water entities, to fix South East Queensland’s waterways and catchments.
Viewing a stretch of eroded creek bank in the mid-Brisbane catchment today, Council of Mayors (SEQ) […]
The future of South East Queensland’s waterways is looking clearer following successful discussions by the SEQ Mayors in Canberra today.
During their annual Canberra delegation, the SEQ Mayors met with a number of Government and Opposition representatives including Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, […]
The Mayors of South East Queensland (SEQ) today unanimously agreed to support a regional bid, led by Brisbane, for the 2028 Olympic Games.
Brisbane’s potential bid for the 2028 Olympic Games was discussed at the Council of Mayors (SEQ) Board Meeting this afternoon and received unanimous support.
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 […]
South-East Queensland Mayors have called on the major political parties to ensure investment in regional Queensland does not come at the expense of SEQ, Queensland’s Core Growth Region.
In launching its State Election Advocacy Document today, Investing in Queensland’s Core Growth Region, Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman […]
South East Queensland waterways will be better protected from drought and floods thanks to the Resilient Rivers initiative, launched by the Council of Mayors (SEQ) and the State Government in Brisbane today.
The initiative, launched by Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman and Brisbane Lord Mayor Councillor Graham […]
SOUTH-EAST Queensland Mayors have welcomed changes to the Water Reform and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 in Queensland Parliament last night, saying the amended bill will provide the mechanism for a whole-of-catchment approach to waterways management throughout SEQ.
In a submission to the Queensland Parliament’s Agriculture, Resources […]
South East Queensland Mayors have welcomed the State Government’s commitment to fund the Beaudesert Town Centre Bypass.
Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning The Honourable Jeff Seeney announced in Parliament this morning that the Beaudesert Bypass would be one of three Priority Infrastructure […]
SEQ Mayors have today welcomed the $13.4 billion spend on Queensland road projects announced in last night’s Federal Budget.
Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Cr Graham Quirk said a majority of the funding would be allocated to projects in South East Queensland.
“This is a strong demonstration of […]
Nine South East Queensland mayors will lead an industry panel discussion on economic development as part of an Urban Development Institute of Australia (Queensland) business breakfast tomorrow morning.
Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Cr Graham Quirk said the event was an opportunity for the mayors to talk […]
Nine high-growth councils across Queensland have joined with South East Queensland Councils to commit to improving development assessment process, commencing the Concept to Construction Development Assessment Innovation project.
The project, a partnership between the Council of Mayors (SEQ), the Local Government Association of Queensland and the Queensland […]
Nine South East Queensland Mayors and Deputy Mayors will promote South East Queensland’s business and investment opportunities to Asia Pacific investors when they travel to Taiwan next week.
The Mayors of Brisbane, Redland, Ipswich, Scenic Rim, Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay, Lockyer Valley and Toowoomba, along with the […]
SEQ Mayors have welcomed the Federal Coalition’s funding commitment to fix the Bruce Highway in South East Queensland.
Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Cr Graham Quirk said the Coalition’s commitment announced today seals the deal to fix the Bruce Highway in South East Queensland, with the Federal […]
South East Queensland Mayors will travel to Canberra this week to fight for Federal funding for South East Queensland priority projects.
Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Graham Quirk said SEQ Mayors would attend two days of meetings with Government and Opposition representatives to fight for SEQ’s fair […]
The State Government and local government groups are working together on a new program aimed at discovering the best ways of assessing and approving construction projects and applying them across the state.
The new partnership, involving the Government, high growth councils, the Local Government Association of Queensland […]
SEQ Mayors are again urging South East Queenslanders to ‘give a beep’ about transport upgrades following the Federal Budget and the Opposition’s budget reply.
Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Councillor Graham Quirk said key transport upgrades like the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing and the Pacific Motorway had […]
South East Queensland Mayors have welcomed the State Government’s funding of three healthy waterways projects in South East Queensland.
Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Graham Quirk said the projects in the Pumicestone Passage, Bundamba Creek and Slacks Creek catchments were of a high priority.
“The protection and responsible […]
South East Queensland Mayors have appointed Peter Olah as the new Executive Director of the Council of Mayors (SEQ).
Mr Olah brings to the organisation extensive leadership, policy and advocacy experience in government and community organisations as well as experience as an elected member and Mayor in […]
Gold Coast City Council has slashed assessment timeframes and associated costs for the developers of the Gainsborough Greens community through the implementation of a new development approval process for operational works and large subdivisions.
The Gainsborough Greens community at Pimpama was the first application of this type […]
South East Queensland Councils contribute over $90 million collectively towards improving the health of SEQ waterways and SEQ Mayors are now calling for other levels of government to show their support and increase their investment.
SEQ Mayors today committed to the protection and responsible management of waterways […]
South East Queensland mayors and councillors today acknowledged the joint role that local and state governments, regional tourism organisations and tourism operators must play to strengthen South East Queensland’s tourism industry.
Council of Mayors (SEQ) Deputy Chairman John Brent said today’s Council of Mayors (SEQ) Regional Tourism […]
A joint initiative from the Council of Mayors (SEQ) and the Local Government Association of Queensland is set to deliver savings of more than $17 million per annum to Queensland’s struggling property and construction sector.
The Development Assessment Process Reform – Operational Works and Large Subdivisions (DAPR-OWLS) […]
Council of Mayors (SEQ), Chairman, Cr Graham Quirk and the Minister for Housing, Homelessness and Small Business, the Hon. Brendan O’Connor MP, today unveiled myhomemysuburb.com.au a user friendly website that calculates the true financial cost of housing choice.
The web based tool is a key deliverable of […]
The Council of Mayors (SEQ) wants the next State Government to commit to investing in infrastructure to support the economic and population growth strategies being promoted by both sides of politics.
Current State budget papers and outlook show a decrease in infrastructure investment of $5.5 billion over […]
Over 3500 riders have visited South East Queensland’s new regional trail bike facility, Queensland Moto Park, Wyaralong since the park was opened in late December, 2011.
SEQ Regional Recreational Facilities Chairman, Cr Dave Cockburn told the company’s AGM in Beaudesert today that the eight investing Council’s were […]
The State Government has committed to working with Local Government to improve housing affordability in South East Queensland (SEQ).
Tuesday’s State Budget provided up to $2 million to the Council of Mayors (SEQ) Target 5 Days Extension Project to continue improvement to development assessment (DA) performance in […]
SEQ Mayors today called for all major political parties to commit their support to 12 state and regional infrastructure priorities in South East Queensland (SEQ) ahead of the next State Election.
The Council of Mayors (SEQ) launched its submission Getting SEQ Moving 2011-2012 – National, State Regional […]
Scenic Rim, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba are the latest SEQ Councils to launch the Target 5 Days project, an initiative aimed at reducing residential development assessment timeframes to improve housing affordability.
Scenic Rim, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba have joined the growing list of SEQ Councils offering a […]
South East Queensland Mayors today declared the Lockyer Valley region well and truly open for business following the devastating January floods.
The Council of Mayors (SEQ) board meeting was held at the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre in Gatton this morning.
Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Councillor Graham Quirk […]
SEQ Councils are delivering development approvals much faster than developers can build and sell developments a new State Government report shows.
Council of Mayors (SEQ) Acting Chairman Councillor John Brent said that low market demand and uncertain economic conditions were slowing development, not council processes.
“More lots were […]
SEQ Mayors will today launch a campaign to defend the right of local communities to have their say in the future shape of South East Queensland.
Council of Mayors (SEQ) Acting Chairman Councillor John Brent said the State Government’s planning powers, through the Urban Land Development Authority […]
The Australian Government and South East Queensland Councils are working together to improve housing affordability across the region, with the Target 5 Days project set to deliver approvals for low risk residential developments within five days.
Queensland Senator Mark Furner, representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, […]
The Council of Mayors (SEQ) today reminded all South East Queensland residents about a statement made by the State Government’s Water Commissioner four years ago today.
On the 9 March 2007 the State Government’s then Water Commissioner Elizabeth Nosworthy released the pricing framework for water in South […]
SEQ Mayors have called for State and Federal Governments to support South East Queensland councils with the massive recovery and rebuilding task following the January floods.
Rebuilding SEQ with financial assistance from the Federal and State Governments through the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) was […]
SEQ Mayors have today joined together to condemn and correct the misinformation being spread by Gold Coast City Councillor Eddie Saroff regarding SEQ water prices, labelling his actions as political point scoring.
The Mayors said Cr Saroff’s media commentary on water prices was wrong and called on […]
The Council of Mayors (SEQ) today unveiled the master plan for the Wyaralong Regional Trail Bike Facility and announced Motorcycling Queensland (MQ) as the selected facility operator.
Due to open in the second half of 2011, the master plan for the facility includes recreational trails, freestyleMX, supercross, […]
SEQ Mayors have reacted angrily to the Bligh Government decision to take direct control of planning for Stockland’s Caloundra South development from the Sunshine Coast Regional Council, describing the move as ‘anti-democratic’.
Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Councillor Campbell Newman said the Bligh Government was trampling on […]
South East Queensland Councils have today invited the State Government to commission an independent review of water prices to inform the public once and for all what is causing the large rises in water prices.
Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chair Campbell Newman and Local Government Association (Queensland) […]
The Council of Mayors (SEQ) today welcomed the release of the State Government’s Integrated Regional Transport Plan (IRTP) – Connecting SEQ 2031 – as 20 year vision for ensuring the region’s transport infrastructure keeps up with population growth.
Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Campbell Newman said a […]
WITH the federal election campaigns of both major political parties centred in Brisbane starting this weekend, South East Queensland Mayors have today urged both political leaders to address the biggest issue facing the fastest growing region in Australia – traffic congestion.
Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chair Campbell […]
South East Queensland’s infrastructure challenges should be a key feature for all candidates in the upcoming Federal Election according to SEQ Mayors, who today launched their 2010 Federal Election infrastructure wish list – the ‘Magnificent 7’.
The Council of Mayors (SEQ) billboard campaign is being unveiled in […]
South East Queensland (SEQ) local government leaders today used World Population Day to advise candidates in the upcoming Federal Election that they will need to make fixing congestion bottlenecks a priority in any campaign aimed at winning the hearts and minds of SEQ residents.
Council of Mayors […]
SEQ Councils will continue significant investment in land acquisitions and develop local strategies to protect koala habitat as the State Government’s Koala Planning Provisions come into effect.
The Council of Mayors (SEQ) has revealed seven SEQ councils have spent over $130 million on behalf of local communities […]
South East Queensland Mayors have reiterated the need for all levels of Government to work together on planning and delivery of infrastructure and services to maintain the liveability of a rapidly growing SEQ.
Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Councillor Campbell Newman said the initiatives announced by the […]
The South East Queensland Council of Mayors’ efforts to improve housing affordability for SEQ residents will move forward faster with $1.78 million in funding from the Federal Government’s Housing Affordability Fund.
Minister for Housing, Tanya Plibersek announced the funding for the ‘Liveable Compact Cities Project’ at a […]
The Federal Government will need to maintain a high level of infrastructure spending to underpin economic growth and remove capacity constraints, but last night’s Federal Budget falls well short of funding that commitment, SEQ Mayors say.
Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Councillor Campbell Newman said the proposed […]
Local Mayors have backed the call by the Council of Mayors (SEQ) for the potential $11 billion dollar boost in State revenue to be largely directed towards badly needed infrastructure spending.
Independent new research by Access Economics shows that Queensland’s Budget could be up to $11 billion […]
The State Government’s liquid natural gas export deal has made upgrades to the Warrego Highway crucial for South East Queensland according to the Council of Mayors (SEQ).
Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Lord Mayor Campbell Newman said the infrastructure project was a national priority and was now […]
The Council of Mayors (SEQ) reinforced its commitment to advocate for allocation of government funding to South East Queensland infrastructure priorities at its strategy workshop held on the Gold Coast today.
Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Lord Mayor Campbell Newman said the Mayors were focused on meeting […]