Mayors unite to fight for regional infrastructure

MAYOR'S DESK: Last week I travelled to Canberra as part of a Council of Mayors - South East Queensland delegation.

Collectively, COMSEQ represent one-seventh of the Australian population so visiting the country's capital as part of this group is quite powerful.

Our group had a full day of meetings and were very pleased with the hearing we were given from the government, including Prime Minister Abbott and Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss.

I was reassured that the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing would be built to a high standard, that early work on Inland Rail continues, and our group was able to moot the idea of a regional bid for the 2028 Olympic Games.

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There is no doubt that working with other councils is worthwhile, particularly when it comes to lobbying our state and federal counterparts.

Therefore, I am currently working with Rob Loughnan from the Maranoa Regional Council to bring together the councils to our west and use our commonality and the contribution we make, especially to the agricultural sector as a unique bargaining chip in bringing essential infrastructure investment to rural Queensland.

The collective power in the rural sector across this broad region is significant.

To this end, council believes the next wave of opportunity for our region will be in the area of logistics.

Complemented by the Second Range Crossing and the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport, the Inland Rail will certainly drive Toowoomba to become an intermodal transport hub.

The next 12-18 months will be especially important for the future of this region and council is committed to doing all we can to ensure we continue to grow and prosper.



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