Mayors vindicated in SEQ infrastructure plan

This week's south-east Queensland infrastructure funding plan has left the 'Maginficent 7' smiling

July 21, 2010

This week’s update of south-east Queensland’s Infrastructure Plan and Program (SEQIPP) has ‘pleased’ the region’s council mayors, led by Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman.

He says all ‘Magnificent 7’ projects (the collective of SEQ mayors) and Brisbane’s Cross River Rail Upgrade within the Infrastructure Plan is consistent with agreements made at the Council of Australian Governments last year.

The SEQIPP plan includes funding for the Capalaba eastern busway extension, upgrading Kingsford Smith Drive, and widening the Pacific Motorway through Logan.

And while SEQ councils appear in accord with the revised 20-year $134 billion plan, Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, Stirling Hinchliffe says this will be the last SEQIPP.

From next year, the SEQIPP will be rolled into a state-wide Queensland Infrastructure Plan to meet the needs of fast growing regions outside the south-east corner.

"Next year SEQIPP will be replaced with the first Queensland Infrastructure Plan to deliver a state-wide blueprint of road, public transport, health and education infrastructure required to match forecast population growth," Hinchliffe says.

"This will be based on local government feedback on population growth and new dwelling targets for their regions."

He says the QIP will anticipate infrastructure needs in growing regions aimed at relieving pressure on the state’s south east corner.

For now, SEQIPP funding across all projects – including transport – covers $60.4 billion for greater Brisbane, $21.7 billion for the western corridor and western SEQ, $14.2 billion for the Gold Coast, $20.9 billion for the Sunshine Coast and $17 billion for other projects.

Of this, SEQIPP outlines estimated investment of $97.7 billion in transport for south-east Queensland.

Hinchliffe says transport projects account for the ‘lion's share’ of SEQIPP investment, with $49.5million on transport related infrastructure projects for the greater Brisbane area.

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