Change is constant and we need to plan for it and be ready to adapt and thrive.
For this reason, I am proud of the Scenic Rim’s part in developing the TransformingSEQ City Deal Proposition, which we took to the Federal Government in Canberra recently.
This proposition, developed by the Council of Mayors South East Queensland (COMSEQ) and the State Government, outlines opportunities to harness our potential in the face of significant population growth.
This is an exciting step because it represents three levels of government building a plan together to ensure the whole of South East Queensland achieves its best.
As part of COMSEQ, the Scenic Rim has worked closely with the State Government for several years to develop the concept of a City Deal to deliver enduring benefits for our communities locally and beyond.
We’re one of 10 councils which stands to gain from TransformingSEQ through a focus on connectivity, liveability and building skills for a future economy.
So what does it mean for the Scenic Rim specifically?
TransformingSEQ brings into focus the role that Bromelton should rightly be playing in the Queensland economy, and it puts the Scenic Rim on the national agenda.
TransformingSEQ clearly identifies a Bromelton North-South Arterial Road from Woodhill to Bromelton as a key opportunity to support growth of the Bromelton State Development Area.
The Bromelton North-South Arterial Road is highlighted as an opportunity which would support an ‘SEQ Trade and Enterprise Spine’ between the Toowoomba Trade Gateway and the Australia TradeCoast and unlock new jobs.
It is significant that Bromelton has been recognised as the key ‘Regional Economic Cluster’ in this SEQ Trade and Enterprise Spine between major trade gateways.
Connectivity is critical to our success, and the recently released SEQ People Mass Movement Study outlines some key projects to keep the Scenic Rim connected into the future.
A key priority in this term of Council has been bolstering our own economic corridors through the flood recovery of our road network and our ongoing bridge and road capital program, worth a combined $113.5 million.
TransformingSEQ takes our focus on connectivity to the next level. We expect the Mt Lindesay Highway will be a priority and that advances in public transport connectivity, particularly for the Beaudesert-Flagstone corridor, will be a priority.
TransformingSEQ gives us an exciting big picture for the future.
I look forward to continuing this important work with all three levels of government to help unlock South East Queensland’s full potential and secure a strong future for the Scenic Rim.
by Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen