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Queensland mayors take multibillion-dollar wish list to Canberra
Brisbane's Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has jumped a plane to Canberra to deliver the city's multibillion-dollar wish list to the federal government. Cr Quirk attended Parliament House on Wednesday as the chair of the Council of Mayors (SEQ) for two days of meetings with key government and opposition representatives to discuss infrastructure investment. It was understood the mayors also intended to use the opportunity to pursue their push for the south-east Queensland region to be the next to partner with the Commonwealth and Queensland government on a "City Deal" funding arrangement.
"Relieving congestion and delivering a public transport system which works for the region remains the firm focus of the SEQ mayors," Cr Quirk. "What SEQ needs is a long-term commitment to infrastructure funding and a solid delivery mechanism - an SEQ City Deal can achieve this. "The Council of Mayors (SEQ) will be heading to Canberra looking for a solid commitment from the Commonwealth to work with the Queensland government and the councils of SEQ to establish Australia's largest City Deal."
The Council of Mayors asked the federal government to commit to funding and supporting, in part or full, the following infrastructure projects:
Northern Busway - $2-3 billion
The busway project would have three main stages: Kedron to Chermside, Chermside to Aspley and Aspley to Carseldine.
Eastern Busway to Capalaba - $1.736 billion
The extension of the Eastern Busway to Capalaba would connect to the city rail and bus network and South East Busway. The 2017 Federal Advocacy Document to be discussed at the two-day meeting said the 18 kilometre busway would reduce travel times by up to 20 minutes.
Gold Coast light rail stage 3A - $700 million
Extending the "G" light rail from Broadbeach to Burleigh Heads is high on the priority list. Gold Coast City is already undertaking a reference design and preparing a business case for this stage.
South East Busway extension - $250 million
The extension is proposed to connect two hubs and run from Eight Mile Plains to Loganholme.
Manly to Cleveland rail duplication - $180 million
Duplication of the rail line between Manly and Cleveland to allow more frequent services to Brisbane CBD and airport.
Springfield to Ipswich southern rail corridor - $150 million
On the back of the Darra to Springfield corridor it is proposed Springfield to Ipswich rail would further improve accessibility and growth for the areas.
Salisbury to Beaudesert passenger rail - $5 million
This project is in need of the funding for a business case. The 2017 Federal Advocacy Document said the timely delivery of passenger rail was needed to service future growth of areas in the corridor to the south-west of Brisbane.
Toowoomba to Rosewood Passenger bus/rail service - $2.5 million
Funding for a business case was listed in the 2017 Federal Advocacy Document for the proposal of a combination of bus connection to Withcott and fast diesel passenger rail to Rosewood.
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