South East Queensland city deal will provide $1.8bn in infrastructure

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Lord Mayor of Brisbane Adrian Schrinner, in his capacity as Chairman of the Council of Mayors (SEQ), will formally sign the agreement in Brisbane on Monday.

Ahead of his visit, Morrison said the projects identified in the SEQ City Deal would generate around 2,000 jobs and put the state in the “best position” to host the 2032 Olympics.

“South East Queensland is one of Australia’s fastest growing regions, and with the population set to continue to grow, it is crucial that we invest in the infrastructure it needs to thrive for decades to come,” he said.

“From Brisbane to Toowoomba, Ipswich to the Sunshine Coast and everywhere in between, this deal is right for people in South East Queensland.

“We all share the vision of a more connected, livable and export-competitive region, and this brings that vision to life.”

A Brisbane Metro station for the Gabba Olympic Stadium is the biggest funding commitment of the SEQ City Deal.

Ms Palaszczuk, who is also Queensland’s Olympics minister, has clashed with Mr Morrison several times over issues including disaster management, hospital funding and COVID restrictions in recent times.

The City Deal meant a truce, at least for now.

“I’ve always said we work better when we work together,” Ms Palaszczuk said of the City Deal.

“The City Deal provides vital infrastructure to plan for our growing population. This includes new transport links for the Gabba in time for the 2032 Olympics and Paralympics.

“The winners are the people of Queensland.”

Cr Schrinner also sang from the hymnal on intergovernmental and cross-party cooperation.

“This agreement demonstrates the great things that can be achieved when all levels of government work together,” he said.

The Lord Mayor said there may not have been a time when such cooperation was so important, as South East Queensland continues to face rapid population growth.

Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk and Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner in Tokyo last July when Brisbane was announced as the host of the 2032 Olympics.

Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk and Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner in Tokyo last July when Brisbane was announced as the host of the 2032 Olympics.Credit:Toru Hanai/Getty Images

“We are also a decade away from the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which offer a unique chance to showcase our region to the world while establishing a legacy that can continue to be passed on to generations to come,” he said. .

“This City Deal puts us on a path to managing population growth, delivering the best Games ever, and most importantly, improving the lives of all of our residents through continued cooperation.

“We look forward to continuing to work closely with industry and other levels of government to enable the SEQ City Deal to meet the needs of our rapidly growing region.”

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