Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

City Deal for South East Queensland

Media Release

AT013/2019

12 February 2019

Joint release with:

The Hon Scott Morrison MP

Prime Minister

The Morrison Government has committed to working with the Queensland Government and local councils in South East Queensland to develop a City Deal for the region.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the Federal Government was already delivering billions of dollars of funding for congestion busting roads and rail projects and this new deal would help unlock further investment.

“I want people to get home sooner and have dinner as a family. I want tradies to spend less time on the road and more time at the worksite,” the Prime Minister said.

“We want to ensure Queensland remains a major tourism destination and one of the world’s premier locations to live, work and raise a family.”

It will be the second City Deal for Queensland following the policy being first established in Townsville.

It comes in addition to the Morrison Government piloting a Regional Deal for the Bundaberg Hervey Bay region.

The commitment to an SEQ City Deal is supported by Queensland LNP MPs and Senators who have campaigned for funding to support the diverse sectors within the region including tourism, manufacturing and education.

The Morrison Government has been working with the SEQ Council of Mayors, in particular Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, on the recently released People Mass Movement Study which explores the impact of population growth on the region’s ability to cope with future transport demand.

Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said the Liberal and Nationals 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,” Minister Tudge said.

“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 Liberal and Nationals Government is already investing $7.2 billion into major transport infrastructure projects within the region including:

  • $2.7 billion to upgrade the Bruce Highway north of Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast;
  • $1.2 billion for six projects to bust congestion on the M1 Pacific Motorway between
    Brisbane and the Gold Coast;
  • $1.1 billion to construct the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing;
  • $902 million to increase the efficiency of Brisbane’s motorway network by building the
    Gateway Upgrade North and;
  • $390 million to duplicate the North Coast Rail Line between Beerburrum and
    Landsborough and provide further improvements to Nambour
  • $300 million to support better public transport via the Brisbane Metro;
  • $207 million to support construction of Stage 2 (Gold Coast University Hospital to
    Helensvale), and Stage 3A (Broadbeach South to Burleigh Heads) of the Gold Coast
    Light Rail project;
  • $200 million for additional lanes on the Ipswich Motorway between Rocklea and Oxley;
  • $170 million for critical safety upgrades at the Yamanto and Amberley intersections
    with the Cunningham Highway; and
  • $20 million for safety and congestion works along Bribie Island Road.

Earlier this month the Morrison Government also committed $244 million for a range of local congestion busting road, and park and ride, projects through its $1 billion Urban Congestion Fund.