Council of Mayors
  • Friday 14 September 2012

The expansion of Sunshine Coast Airport will be one of the projects the Mayor will be promoting during the annual Council of Mayors (SEQ) delegation to Canberra this week.

Cr Jamieson will join his counterparts from around South East Queensland to raise awareness of issues and infrastructure priorities in the region.

"The expansion of our airport is one of the top seven projects for South East Queensland – and I will take every opportunity to push its claim," he said.

"It’s a tough economy – but I will argue the long term dividends of this investment.

"The airport expansion would create new opportunities for the region, particularly in tourism - the sooner it happens the better.

"Following on from the Tourism Forum earlier this week I will also advocate for the upgrade of the Bruce Highway from Caboolture and rail duplication to Landsborough.

A delegation of 10 representatives from the Councils of South East Queensland will meet with senior members of Federal Government and Opposition.

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) wants commitments to deliver key SEQ infrastructure projects to reduce congestion and increase the region’s productivity

The projects considered most important are called the Magnificent Seven:

  • expanding the Sunshine Coast Airport,
  • upgrading Kingsford Smith Drive,
  • extending the Gold Coast Rail to Coolangatta,
  • delivering the Toowoomba Bypass,
  • fixing the Warrego Highway Blacksoil intersection,
  • extending the Eastern Busway to Capalaba, and
  • widening the Pacific Motorway through Logan.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) will call on both sides of politics to exempt municipal waste from the Carbon Tax.