The Council of Mayors’ (SEQ) regional People Mass Movement Study has received a welcomed boost as Logan and Moreton Bay councils announce their decision to join the landmark project.
The SEQ People Mass Movement Study is an in-depth view of the growth and transport challenges facing the region, ultimately delivering a roadmap to reduce congestion and drive stronger regional connectivity in the coming decades.
While the SEQ People Mass Movement Study is being delivered as part of an investigation into a regional 2032 Olympic Games, the Council of Mayors (SEQ) believes the findings are vital to the future of South East Queensland regardless of a Games bid.
Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chair and Brisbane Lord Mayor, Cr Graham Quirk, said the decision made by Logan and Moreton Bay councils demonstrated their ongoing commitment to deliver better transport outcomes and reduced commute times for their residents.
“South East Queensland will grow by another 1.9 million people in the next 25 years. It’s essential that we work as one region to effectively cater for this growth and the demand it will have on our road and transport networks,” said Cr Quirk.
“The SEQ People Mass Movement Study will provide a roadmap for the region’s decision makers to ensure all communities in South East Queensland have access to efficient, affordable and safe transport options, now and well into the future.
“The support and input from Logan and Moreton Bay councils will continue to strengthen this project, and we welcome their decision to contribute to the outcomes of the SEQ People Mass Movement Study.”
City of Logan Acting Mayor Cherie Dalley said that Logan City Council had always been a strong advocate for better transport options for its communities, and its contribution to the SEQ People Mass Movement Study was another example of this.
“We know that the City of Logan will house around 15 percent of South East Queensland’s expected population growth. We can’t continue with a ‘business as usual’ approach because the M1 and Mt Lindesay highways are nearing or already over capacity,” said Cr Dalley.
“The early findings of the SEQ People Mass Movement Study have explored the concept of a faster rail network for South East Queensland, delivering a quick and reliable commute between Logan and Brisbane and relieving congestion on the M1.
“We’re keen to be a part of shaping the future transport solution for South East Queensland, and our contribution will ensure our residents are well represented in the SEQ People Mass Movement Study.”
Moreton Bay Mayor Allan Sutherland said it was essential to undertake the appropriate transport and infrastructure planning needed to cater for the future growth of the region.
“I understand the excitement around a major event like the Olympics but before we even contemplate hosting an event of that magnitude, we need to make sure we’ve optimised our transport network for locals,” said Cr Sutherland.
“With Moreton Bay’s growth booming and the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Petrie campus opening in early 2020, my priority is to make sure we deliver increasingly improved services in line with the increasing population.
“I think it’s important to be involved in a collaborative effort to a longer-term region-wide transport infrastructure and service solution for the whole of the South East Queensland region.”
The SEQ People Mass Movement Study is being delivered by the Council of Mayors (SEQ) as part of its investigations into a regional bid for the 2032 Olympic Games. At this stage, the contribution of Logan and Moreton Bay councils is focused on the transport component of this project.
It is now anticipated that the SEQ People Mass Movement Study will be ready for public release in January 2019, shortly followed by the release of the Council of Mayors’ (SEQ) feasibility decision in February.