As the dust settles on the State Election, work has already begun in turning campaign promises into outcomes for the businesses, communities and councils of South East Queensland.
In the lead up to the State Election, the Council of Mayors (SEQ) called for commitments for ten regional connectivity priorities. Seven out of the ten priorities received commitments from the major parties, acknowledging the need for urgent investment in our freight and transport networks.
Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chair Cr Graham Quirk said having the ability to keep commuters, businesses and freight moving efficiently across SEQ was the key to the sustainable growth of the region’s population and economy.
“Seventy-one percent of Queensland’s population is based in SEQ. The needs and opportunities that this region presents to the State Government should be carefully considered,” said Cr Quirk.
The Council of Mayors (SEQ) also called for support for the Sunshine Coast international broadband cable to boost the region’s global competitiveness which was met with the pledge of a $15 million grant from the Queensland Labor Party.
Discussions around the Council of Mayors’ (SEQ) other key platform, the formation of a statutory governance authority to support the region’s Resilient Rivers Initiative, are ongoing but remain positive.
The productive relationship between the Council of Mayors (SEQ) and the Palaszczuk Government during its first term has led to a collaborative approach to the development of the SEQ Regional Plan and commenced formal negotiations towards a strategy for an SEQ City Deal.
The Council of Mayors (SEQ) looks forward to continuing its work with the newly appointed Queensland Government, and its representatives in South East Queensland, to advance the interests of the region.