Infrastructure tops SEQ Mayors’ hit list for Canberra

22 / Mar / 2017 | News

The Mayors of South East Queensland (SEQ) descend on Canberra today with a united call for greater Commonwealth investment in the region’s infrastructure.

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) will arrive at Parliament House this morning for two days of meetings with key Government and Opposition representatives, where infrastructure investment and delivery for SEQ will be at the top of the agenda.

In particular, the SEQ Mayors will be following up on their strong demand for the SEQ region to be the next to partner with the Commonwealth and Queensland Government on a ‘City Deal’ funding arrangement.

“Relieving congestion and delivering a public transport system which works for the region remains the firm focus of the SEQ Mayors. What SEQ needs is a long term commitment to infrastructure funding and a solid delivery mechanism – an SEQ City Deal can achieve this,” said Cr Quirk.

“The Council of Mayors (SEQ) will be heading to Canberra looking for a solid commitment from the Commonwealth to work with the Queensland Government and the councils of SEQ to establish Australia’s largest City Deal.”

In addition to an SEQ City Deal, the SEQ Mayors have highlighted a priority list of vital projects which require the immediate support of the Federal Government:

  • Cunningham Highway (Yamanto to Willowbank)
  • Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3A
  • Grantham Interchange (Warrego Highway)
  • M1 Pacific Motorway Upgrades
  • Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Project (SEQ section)
  • Mt Lindesay Highway Upgrade
  • Redland City to Port of Brisbane Corridor
  • SEQ Regional Timber Bridge Replacement Program.

“These infrastructure initiatives are crucial to the liveability of SEQ, economically, geographically and socially. The SEQ Mayors will be calling on the Federal Government and Opposition to invest in the future of our region,” said Cr Quirk.

Other immediate priorities tabled for discussion during the SEQ Mayors’ delegation to Canberra include funding for the Resilient Rivers Initiative, progressing Federal environmental approvals for Toondah Harbour, an international submarine broadband cable at the Sunshine Coast, and advancing the SEQ Smart Region project.

The Council of Mayors’ (SEQ) 2017 Federal Advocacy Document, Smart, Sustainable and Safe: South East Queensland’s Collaborative Future, can be viewed in full here.