CCIQ Welcomes South East Queensland Plan to Tackle Congestion and Set up the Region for the 21st Century
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) has welcomed the proposal from the Queensland Government and the Council of Mayors to address South East Queensland’s infrastructure, digital and economic challenges over the next 20 years in the latest City Deal tabled for the federal government.
City deals are long term agreements between Federal, State and Local government aimed specifically at addressing the planning challenges confronting Australia’s regions in terms of infrastructure and connectivity from both a digital and physical perspective.
CCIQ Head of Industry, Dan Petrie said the planning and delivery of infrastructure, transport and digital capability is critical for South East Queensland in terms of not only competing internationally but attracting future investment.
“South East Queensland takes in Australia’s third and sixth largest cities in Brisbane and the Gold Coast respectively which, from a population standpoint, continue to grow rapidly.
“Business welcomes a plan that will better connect our regions, allow for the greater flow of commerce and be at the forefront of the incredible digital transformation which is currently upon us,” Mr Petrie said.
CCIQ welcomes the key pillars of the plan including improved rail, road, freight, skills and training as well as a focus on sustainability involved with planning for a population expected to grow by a further 1.9 million people during the next 25 years.
“With proper planning and coordination South East Queensland now has the opportunity to properly realise its incredible potential,” Mr Petrie said.