ACTING Logan Mayor Cherie Daley has welcomed the first step towards unprecedented agreement between three levels of government to deliver vital infrastructure for Logan and south-east Queensland.
This comes as Deputy Premier Jackie Trad and the SEQ Council of Mayors released a Transforming SEQ proposal.
The proposal identified 35 opportunities which could be considered part of a future SEQ City Deal, including six priorities which have been described as “game changers”.
Ms Dalley said the Logan area could benefit from Mount Lindesay Highway upgrades and Salisbury to Beaudesert passenger rail.
“AN SEQ City Deal would be an unprecedented agreement between the three levels of government to work together towards improving quality of life in our region,” she said.
“It could mean that several projects council has identified as critical infrastructure priorities may finally become a reality.
“I look forward to working with all levels of government to progress negotiations on this important SEQ City Deal so these projects can be delivered for our communities.”
Other potential opportunities for Logan include extending mass transit from Eight Mile Plains to Springwood, Gateway Motorway upgrades and high speed rail from Brisbane to the Gold Coast, supporting the Logan Motorway upgrade project and Park Ridge Connector.
Federal Urban Infrastructure Minister Alan Tudge said he and Prime Minister Scott Morrison would met with SEQ mayors to discuss the deal.
“South-east Queensland is already home to over two-thirds of the state’s population and is expected to accommodate 5.3 million people within 25 years’ time,” Mr Tudge said.
“We need to cater for this rising population and the SEQ City Deal will be a huge step forward in making sure the people of south-east Queensland get the most out of living in this beautiful region.”
Deputy Premier Jackie Trad welcomed federal interest on the issue.
“While I am glad the federal government has finally indicated they will support the push from the state government and COMSEQ for a city deal for SEQ, we need to see this commitment formalised,” she said.
Six Transforming SEQ game changer opportunities
- Build Cross River Rail and Brisbane Metro to move south-east Queensland towards a 45 minute region and deliver the enxt wave of rail and metro projects
- Connect Inland Rail to Port of Brisbane
- Ignite nationally significant innovation precincts to deliver high value, knowledge-intensive jobs through enabling infrastructure and a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship
- Establish south-east Queensland as Australia’s leading smart digital region by leveraging international broadband submarine cable to deliver a digital trade hub
- Deliver better recreational spaces and landscapes through a tripartite Liveability Fund
- Greater coordination between federal, state and local governments