The Australian Government, in partnership with the Council of Mayors (SEQ), is in the process of finalising a City Deal for South-East Queensland (SEQ) that will deliver key infrastructure projects for the region.
Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Paul Fletcher MP, said it was now up to the Queensland Government to come to the table to finalise the Deal.
“The SEQ City Deal has been in negotiations for over two years and it is time to get the Deal done,” Mr Fletcher said.
“Since signing the Statement of Intent in 2019, we have worked closely with the Queensland Government and Council of Mayors (SEQ) to identify a list of projects within the Deal that will support the growth of industry and businesses, and enhance the region’s vibrancy and liveability.
“I took on the Commonwealth Ministerial responsibility for the SEQ City Deal in December 2020 and since that time, there have been several leadership group meetings involving the Queensland Deputy Premier, Steven Miles, Brisbane Lord Mayor, Adrian Schrinner, and me, along with our respective officials.”
Mr Fletcher said the meetings and follow-up work done by officials across all three levels of government have refined the list of projects and initiatives considered for inclusion in the SEQ City Deal.
“The list now agreed between the Morrison Government and the Council of Mayors (SEQ) reflects that work, so it should not now be too difficult for the Queensland Government to also sign up,” Mr Fletcher said.
“The Morrison Government has made clear its readiness to commit significant funding for this City Deal.
“The Deal presents an opportunity for all three levels of government to work together to deliver more local jobs, greater investment, better connectivity and improved liveability across SEQ, from Maroochydore to Toowoomba to Scenic Rim.”