SEQ Mayors welcome State’s Beaudesert Bypass commitment

16 / Oct / 2015 | News

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 Development Projects for Queensland.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Councillor Graham Quirk said the Beaudesert Bypass was an important piece of infrastructure not just for the Scenic Rim but for South East Queensland.

“The Beaudesert Town Centre Bypass has been on the Council of Mayors (SEQ) infrastructure priority list since 2011,” said Cr Quirk.

“SEQ Mayors recognised the Beaudesert Bypass as a project that would allow for the economic development of the town centre and the wider region as well as providing improved safety for pedestrians and local traffic.

“We thank the State Government for today’s commitment to the Beaudesert Bypass and look forward to working with the State on other important infrastructure projects that will provide faster, safer transport links for SEQ.”

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Deputy Chairman and Scenic Rim Mayor John Brent said today was an historic day for the Scenic Rim.

“This is without doubt the beginning of a new era of economic growth and an historic day for Beaudesert and the Scenic Rim,” Cr Brent said.

“This bypass is not only a vital piece of infrastructure but it will help drive this region’s economic growth and prosperity for decades to come by supporting employment, business opportunities and development.”

Cr Brent said the bypass would service the growing freight demands of the region while removing traffic from an unsuitable road corridor through the Beaudesert town centre.

“Heavy vehicles play an essential role in supporting the industries of the Scenic Rim but they don’t belong in the town centre of Beaudesert. The bypass will enhance safety and amenity while improving the efficiency for road freight operators, it’s a win-win,” he said.