Regional connectivity – physically, digitally and globally – was the theme of a Council of Mayors (SEQ) 2018/19 Pre-budget Submission presented to the Federal Government at the end of 2017.
The Council of Mayors (SEQ) strongly urged the Federal Government to invest in South East Queensland to deliver on its promise to maximise the potential of Australia’s cities and high growth regions.
South East Queensland is one of Australia’s fastest growing economic regions, with strong population growth anticipated to increase to 5.3 million people in the next 25 years. It is also home to five out of the nine largest councils in the nation.
The submission focused heavily on the Council of Mayors’ (SEQ) priority areas – the delivery of safe and efficient infrastructure, harnessing the digital economy, and protecting the rivers and catchments that connect the region’s councils.
The introduction of fast rail was also high on the agenda, presenting South East Queensland as a viable opportunity for the Federal Government to achieve the objectives of its faster rail agenda, while unlocking economic opportunities across the region.
The Council of Mayors (SEQ) will continue its negotiations with key government and opposition representatives when it arrives in Canberra next month for its first delegation for 2018. The 2018/19 Federal Budget is announced on Tuesday 8 May 2018.