Mayor Karen Williams will be highlighting the investment potential of the Redland City and asking senior federal politicians to commit to major transport infrastructure during a visit to Canberra this week (Tuesday and Wednesday).
Cr Williams and other South East Queensland Council of Mayors (SEQCOM) members are travelling to Canberra to fight for federal funding for SEQ priority projects.
“SEQCOM represents one in seven Australians and believes it needs to remind governments of its strong representation,” the Mayor said.
“The visit is perfectly timed in the lead-up to the federal election on 14 September.
“The delegation of Mayors will be seeking support from senior Government Ministers and Coalition Shadow Ministers for a range of priority projects.
“I want to ensure both sides of government are aware of the importance to Redland City of rail, motorway and busway projects.
“With this in mind, I will be seeking a commitment to support the extension of the Eastern Busway from Coorparoo to Capalaba, the Redland City to Gateway Motorway corridor and Redland City to Port of Brisbane corridor and duplication of the Manly to Cleveland rail line.
“Transport infrastructure improvements are essential Redland City to achieve its economic potential.
“There remains a critical need for increased federal investment in our transport infrastructure.”
Cr Williams will meet with Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Wayne Swan; Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese; Opposition Leader Tony Abbott; Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage Greg Hunt; Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Warren Truss and Shadow Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Water Senator Barnaby Joyce.
“We will also push for a fair share of federal funding of projects that will help boost the economic development of the region,” Cr Williams said.
“Redland City could benefit greatly in the areas of tourism, inbound investment, digital investment and investment in natural assets.”