$285.8 million to make SEQ an even better place to live

More than $285 million will deliver great places and spaces for communities across Queensland’s booming south-east corner.

The SEQ Liveability Fund is one of the key projects being delivered under the $1.8 billion SEQ City Deal, a partnership between the Australian Government, the Queensland Government and Council of Mayors (SEQ).

The pool of funding is now open to eligible local governments to deliver projects that will help build healthier, liveable and more inclusive, connected communities.

That includes new parks and projects that promote health and wellbeing, as well as community infrastructure that complements new housing supply or urban renewal.

Councils can also apply for funding for regional sporting and recreation facilities to drive engagement in local sport in the lead-up to the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The fund will also support projects that meet the program’s wider vision to support local businesses, jobs and maximise opportunities for First Nations people.

The SEQ City Deal is on track to deliver a significant package of investments with a value of $1.8 billion to one of the fastest growing regions in the country.

It is expected to benefit more than three million residents.

It is a collaboration between the three levels of government to deliver 29 commitments aimed at generating long-lasting benefits for the region.

 Allocation of funds was determined from 2020 population data and is outlined in the below table.

Liveability Fund total – $285.81 million




Funding ($m)


Brisbane City Council




Moreton Bay Regional Council




Logan City Council




Sunshine Coast Council




Ipswich City Council




Toowoomba Regional Council




Redland City Council




Noosa Shire Council




Scenic Rim Regional Council




Lockyer Valley Regional Council




Somerset Regional Council








 Quotes attributable to Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King:

 “We have an opportunity to deliver a region-shaping legacy with the hosting of the Olympic Games, and unlock a stronger future for communities.

“The Australian Government is working closely with our state and local government partners to achieve this legacy.

“With one in seven Australians living in SEQ, we will deliver liveability improvements to our cities and suburbs, ensuring a high quality of life – and the SEQ Liveability Fund will keep this commitment on track.”

Quotes attributable to Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles:

“The Palaszczuk Government is proud to be investing in our communities and delivering for our councils in the south-east corner.

“Thanks to our incredible lifestyle and strong economy, South East Queensland is booming.

“The SEQ Liveability Fund opens new opportunities to make our communities even better places to live, whether that be through more open spaces, infrastructure that complements new housing or projects that support health and wellbeing.

“Hosting the world’s biggest event brings with it unmissable opportunities to leave a legacy with community projects that residents can enjoy for generations to come.

“It’s great that councils have the opportunity through this fund to look at projects that can boost engagement in local sport in the lead-up to Brisbane 2032 and far beyond.

“This is our commitment to providing long-term improvements to the social, environmental and economic viability and sustainability of SEQ communities.

“It’s another great example of what can be achieved for Queensland when our three levels of government work together.”

Quotes attributable to Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chair and Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner:

“Funding will support the lifestyle of growing communities across the south east. 

"It’s an important investment by all levels of government towards the things and places communities love about where they live.

“It comes at a time South East Queensland is experiencing significant population growth as more and more Australians discover our unmatched lifestyle and want to call our region home.

“It’s the first major investment to be rolled out since the SEQ City Deal Implementation Plan was launched in July, and we’re keen to continue to work closely with the State and Federal governments to empower the SEQ City Deal and Councils to support the needs of our rapidly growing region over the next 20 years.”

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