Future SEQ

A two week News Corp editorial campaign examining the threats ahead, the options to address them and innovative and achievable ideas for transforming this vital region.

Future SEQ

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) is proud to partner with the News Corp to deliver the “Future SEQ” campaign, a two week editorial campaign examining the threats ahead, the options to address them and innovative and achievable ideas for transforming this vital region.

The foundation of the “Future SEQ’ campaign is the early findings of the Council of Mayors’ (SEQ) region-wide People Mass Movement Study. A component of the SEQ Mayor’s investigation into the feasibility of a South East Queensland (SEQ) bid for the 2032 Olympic Games, this study takes a regional look at the future transport and infrastructure challenges for SEQ and will propose a roadmap to address these issues in the decades to come.


  • The Council of Mayors (SEQ) is currently exploring the possibility of an Olympic Games in SEQ as a catalyst to accelerate infrastructure investment and economic growth, and to better position the region as a global destination for tourism and trade.
  • At the heart of this work is the SEQ Mayors’ commitment to delivering long-term transport and infrastructure solutions to support the future growth of the region (which could later be accelerated with the driver of an Olympic Games bid if required).
  • In 2017, the Council of Mayors (SEQ) commenced an Olympic feasibility study which is being delivered in three stages. Stages One and Two (the SEQ People Mass Movement Study) are primarily focused on assessing the transport and infrastructure needs of the region and developing a regional vision and transport roadmap to guide future solutions (regardless of a Games).
  • Stage Three will look at the feasibility of successfully bidding for and hosting the 2032 Olympic Games in South East Queensland, and how this may provide a trigger to ensure the regional transport vision and roadmap are progressed. All three stages will be completed by the end of 2018.
  • The findings presented as part of the News Corp “Future SEQ” campaign are initial findings of Stage One of the SEQ People Mass Movement Study.

SEQ People Mass Movement Study 

  • Commissioned by the Council of Mayors (SEQ), the SEQ People Mass Movement Study takes a region-wide view of SEQ’s transport and infrastructure challenges in the future, as well as the many existing strategies and plans across all levels of government to address these challenges.
  • When completed later this year, its key output will be a transport roadmap that will guide our decision makers to ensure SEQ can accommodate the wave of population growth facing the region in the coming decades.
  • The early Stage One findings from SEQ People Mass Movement Study investigated more than 50 major infrastructure projects planned or committed for the region, and its initial indications show that the region needs a mass transit solution to drive stronger regional connectivity and meet the future transport demands of SEQ.
  • One of the proposed solutions for this is a faster rail network across SEQ.
  • An SEQ Faster Rail network offers a safe, reliable and attractive public transport option that would reduce travel time between Brisbane and the Gold / Sunshine coasts by 50 percent, and by more than 65 percent to Ipswich.
  • Commuters from the Sunshine and Gold coasts could travel to Brisbane in less than 45 minutes, or in just 20 minutes for Ipswich travellers.
  • With work already underway on a North Coast Connect business case and Commonwealth funding committed to a Toowoomba passenger rail business case, the timing is ideal to investigate a regional network.


  • The People Mass Movement Study has established the vision of a “45 minute region” as an achievable transport goal for SEQ.
  • The People Mass Movement Study is also investigating what is needed to deliver all major infrastructure projects in SEQ, as well as faster rail, to cater for our growing region. This is includes established projects such as Cross River Rail and the Brisbane Metro.
  • Initial findings estimate that around $3 billion per annum up until 2041 is needed to deliver the more than 50 + projects investigated in the Study, and achieve the SEQ Mayors’ vision of a “45 minute region”.
  • This is an achievable sum given that historic spending levels for SEQ from all tiers of government have sat between $2bn – $3bn per annum. However, it would require all levels of government to match and maintain this traditional spending moving forward.
  • The SEQ Mayors believe this could be best achieved through a mechanism such as an SEQ City Deal or similar, which would deliver the coordinated and strategic approach needed across all tiers of government.

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Track to the Future – A new report by the Council of Mayors (SEQ) recommends a rapid rail network that would carry passengers to the centre of Brisbane from the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich and even Toowoomba in under 45 minutes.

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