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Queensland offers $200 million to break Ipswich Motorway congestion



Queensland offers $200 million to break Ipswich Motorway congestion

Queensland offers $200 million to break Ipswich Motorway congestion

Main Roads minister Mark Bailey on Wednesday morning described the section as a “morning and afternoon car park.”

He said if agreement could be reached with the federal government, preliminary work could start within two months.

“We can get the spades and shovels going on the light work on this project within two months and get the heavy work going by early next year,” Mr Bailey said.

The project to widen the final section from four lanes to six lanes is estimated to cost $400 million, with debate over the proportions to be paid by the federal and state governments, stalling the project.

Traffic in morning and afternoon peak hours mounts up dangerously on the exit and entry ramps blocking whole lanes near the Oxley Hotel, causing worsening delays and perennial accidents.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, deputy premier Jackie Trad and Mr Bailey fronted a media conference in Brisbane on Wednesday to announce Queensland would provide $200 million for the project.

“I am very concerned that this is an accident waiting to happen if we do not move on this,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“So my government is bringing forward this project now – before the budget – because I am absolutely dedicated to providing jobs for Queenslanders.”

Ms Palaszczuk said the Queensland Government would increase its share of the project from 20 per cent to 50 per cent ($200 million) to get the work underway and provide 470 jobs.

“Now I call on Malcolm Turnbull. It is up to Malcolm Turnbull. It is up to Malcolm Turnbull to come to the party,” she said.

The federal government had withdrawn money from the project, because it was unhappy with Queensland’s previous offer.

Ms Palaszczuk said the Queensland Government wanted a partnership to get the project finished.

“Partner with us, let’s create the jobs and let’s get this final stage of the motorway finished.”

Deputy premier and infrastructure minister Jackie Trad said population growth between Brisbane and Ipswich made the road project critical.

“We know that in the western suburbs population is predicted to double in the coming years,” Trad said.

“So we need the Ipswich Motorway fixed.”

Ms Trad said Queensland’s funding response was an indication of its attitude to Queensland’s soon-to-be release State Infrastructure Plan.

She said Queensland’s increased share for the final section of the Ipswich Motorway was the first project to be announced from Queensland’s new State Infrastructure Plan.

Mr Bailey said the “car park” was a major productivity problem because 12,000 trucks used that section of the Ipswich Motorway each day.

“We need to deal with it to maximise jobs and to maximise economic efficiency and getting that car park out of the way, so the people in the south-west can get into the city in the morning,” he said.

“And most importantly access that massive Rocklea and Archerfield industrial link, the rail link at Acacia Ridge and road access at Granard Road as well.”

Fairfax Media is seeking comment from the Federal Government on the Queensland Government’s offer.

The five previous sections of the Ipswich Motorway out to Ipswichwere widened to six lanes by 2012.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale welcomed the funding offer from Queensland to break the motorway deadlock.

“If the federal government accept this we will finally get a motorway connecting to a motorway, rather than a motorway connecting to a car park,” he said.


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Development Update: $67m Springfield Central Sports Complex



Development Update $67m Springfield Central Sport Complex

A $67 million sporting development in Greater Springfield, an urban growth corridor located south west of Brisbane’s metropolitan area, is on track to open this year.

The developer of Greater Springfield says it is “cementing itself as one of Australia’s super sporting meccas” with its new Springfield Central Sports Complex slated to open to the public mid-year.

The new sporting facility, which neighbours Springfield Central State High School and St Peter’s Lutheran College, also joins the recent announcement of the $70 million Brisbane Lions AFLW stadium announced in January.

Development Update $67m Springfield Central Sport Complex

Springfield’s current population sits around 41,000 with this figure predicted to triple in size by 2030.

Rewind to 1992, when Greater Springfield founder Maha Sinnathamby purchased the 7000-acre parcel of land — today’s Springfield — which no developer wanted to touch.

Development Update $67m Springfield Central Sport Complex

Sinnanthamby says the region has a growing student population.

“There are currently 11,000 students in Greater Springfield, with that number expected to grow by 1200 each year moving forward,” the Springfield Land Corporation chairman said.

The developer says Greater Springfield is Australia’s first masterplanned greenfield city since Canberra, and to date it has seen $15 billion worth of infrastructure invested.

“We have a supersized CBD and an employment target of one job for every three residents,” Sinnathamby said.

The new sporting development will feature four ovals, 16 netball courts, eight fields, eight tennis courts, an athletics track as well as clubhouses and playgrounds.


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City Deal a $58bn ‘Game Changer’ for Southeast Queensland



City Deal a $58bn ‘Game Changer’ for Southeast Queensland

South-east Queensland could be green-lit for the biggest “city deal” in Australia, with a $58 billion proposal to guide its growth, and the prime minister announcing his support for the major plan.

With a focus on supporting diverse sectors within the region including housing and planning, tourism, manufacturing and education, the SEQ City Deal could also pave the way for government-owned land to be opened for development.

Queensland deputy premier Jackie Trad this week released Transforming SEQ, which highlights 35 “opportunities” that could be considered as part of the future City Deal, including six “game changers” for the region.

“Modelling by KPMG has shown a SEQ City Deal could stimulate an increase of up to $58 billion in our economy by improving the productivity and competitiveness of the region,” Trad said.

‘Game Changer’ for Southeast Queensland-min

Prime minister Scott Morrison will be meeting with the SEQ Mayors and Queensland government to discuss the proposal this week.

The City Deal, which involves all three levels of government — council, state and federal — would see government working on priorities to drive the SEQ economy.

Under a City Deal plan, all three levels of government sign an agreement to set the priority infrastructure projects and initiatives.

City Deal a $58bn ‘Game Changer’ for Queensland

Integrated land-use planning approach?

Property Council chief executive Ken Morrison described the announcement as “a game-changer for the region.

“Our growing cities and urban regions are the engine rooms of the Australian economy,” Morrison said.

“The city deal model brings together all levels of government around the same plan to boost productivity and jobs through targeted investment in city-shaping projects and infrastructure.”

Property Council Queensland director Chris Mountford said the council has been collaborating with state government and SEQ councils for nearly six years on the potential for a city deal.

“The State and local governments have also agreed in principle to a more coordinated integrated land-use planning approach,”

“Opening up under-utilised government-owned land for development has also been agreed as a clear opportunity to unlock economic activity, create jobs and build business confidence.”

City Deal a $58bn ‘Game Changer’

Growing population

The region’s current 3.5 million population is forecast to increase to 5.3 million within the next 25 years, ultimately requiring an extra 800,000 homes and additional one million jobs.

Focus has been placed on the recently released people mass movement study which identifies the impact of the expected population growth on the region’s ability to cope with future transport demand.

Minister for Cities Alan Tudge said he, along with the prime minister, will be meeting with the SEQ Mayors to discuss the Deal.

“We need to cater for this rising population and the SEQ City Deal will be a huge step forward,” Tudge said.

South-east Queensland is already home to over two-thirds of the state’s population.

The region is home to nearly one in every seven Australians.

The agreement marks the second city deal for Queensland following the policy being first established in Townsville.

So far, city deals have been developed for Western Sydney, Townsville and Launceston, and a further four more are currently under negotiation in Adelaide, Hobart, Perth and Geelong.



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$63b infrastructure plan to keep SEQ moving till 2041



$63b infrastructure plan to keep SEQ moving till 2041

It’s going to cost $63.7 billion to keep South East Queensland moving over the next two decades, according to a study released today by the region’s mayors.

The population of the region is expected to grow by about 1.8 million people to more than five million people by 2041, putting extraordinary demand on the already strained transport network.

The SEQ People Mass Movement Study lists a total of 47 projects designed to keep city-to-city trips under 45 minutes and urban commutes under 30 minutes, including a faster rail network connecting the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast via Brisbane and west to Ipswich and Toowoomba.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the infrastructure plan, coined the Strategic Transport Road Map, would keep the region “economically productive” while maintaining its liveability.

“Business as normal is not going to work, we need to increase the amount of money that is being spent in South East Queensland,” Cr Quirk said.

He said the plan would require an average expenditure of about $2.7 billion per year until 2041, which he said was “not an unrealistic figure”.

“What we are seeing in Sydney and Melbourne right now is this massive spend on infrastructure. That’s because they allowed it to get too far behind. We cannot do that in South East Queensland.”

He said there had been no shortage of plans for the region’s transport network, but it was time for all levels of government to unite with a shared vision.

Redland City mayor Karen Williams said the plan delivered the projects over a “reasonable amount of time with a reasonable amount of investment”.

“It’s not a matter of ‘can we afford this?’ It’s the fact that we can’t afford not to do it,” Cr Williams said.

Faster Rail is not as fast as high speed rail, which delivers speeds up to 350km/h, but could run at about 160km/h with top speeds of up to 200-250kmh, with limited stops.

It would be connected to the light rail networks on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast in order to ease congestion on major arterials.

Other projects include the Brisbane Metro, Cross River Rail and road upgrades, including the Pacific, Sunshine, Centenary, Ipswich and Logan motorways and the Bruce, Warrego and Mt Lindesay highways.

The study also took into account emerging technologies including autonomous vehicles.

It was first proposed in 2016, and began in September 2017, with the aim of bringing together multiple local, state and national transport studies into one cohesive plan.

The South East Queensland region takes in the Brisbane City, Ipswich City, Lockyer Valley Regional, Logan City, Moreton Bay, Redland City, Scenic Rim Regional, Somerset Regional, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba Regional council areas.


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