The Federal Government has committed to collaborating with state and local governments in South East Queensland (SEQ) to develop a City Deal for the region.
It will be the second City Deal for Queensland following the policy first being established in Townsville.
The deal aims to build off of the billions of dollars already invested into the region and ensure Queensland remains a major tourism destination and maintains its liveability.
Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said the Federal Government was committed to the people of South East Queensland and to making the region even more liveable than it already is.
“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,” Tudge said.
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“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.
“I along with the Prime Minister will be meeting with the SEQ Mayors to discuss the Deal, and we will also be working constructively with the Queensland Government as we have already in Townsville.”
The Federal Government and the SEQ Council of Mayors have also recently collaborated on the recently released People Mass Movement Study which explores the impact of population growth on the region’s ability to cope with further transport demand.
Around $7.2 billion has already been invested into major transport infrastructure projects within the region, including the $2.7 billion Bruce Highway Upgrade, $1.2 billion for six projects to reduce congestion on the M1 Pacific Motorway and $1.1 billion to construct the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing.