A statement of intent for the development of a South-East Queensland city deal has been signed by
Federal Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge, Queensland Deputy Premier Jackie Trad and Lord Mayor of Brisbane and Chair of the South East Queensland Council of Mayors Graham Quirk.
Mr Tudge said that South East Queensland is experiencing one of the highest rates of population growth in Australia, and the City Deal would enable the three levels of government to develop long term plans to cater for this growth.
The statement of intent follows a proposal, TransformingSEQ, put to the Federal Government in February by the Queensland Government and the Council of Mayors (SEQ) which set out 35 opportunities for a City Deal.
building on Cross River Rail and Brisbane Metro to deliver public transport projects that connect key activity and growth centres – including rail to Flagstone, Ripley and the Sunshine Coast.
a new Trade and Enterprise Spine between the Toowoomba Trade Gateway and the Australia TradeCoast by connecting Inland Rail to the Port of Brisbane
investing in Innovation Precincts to deliver more high-value, knowledge-intensive jobs.
establishing SEQ as a leading Smart Digital Region by leveraging the new International Broadband Submarine Cable; and
delivering better open spaces and recreational areas.
The SEQ City Deal will be the third in Queensland following the establishment of the Townsville City Deal and Hinkler Regional Deal.