Liberal National Party candidate for Bowman, Henry Pike, hosted Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Paul Fletcher, in Capalaba this week to promote the long-term opportunities for the Redlands out of the SEQ City Deal.
The Federal Government, Queensland Government and the SEQ Mayors signed the SEQ City Deal last month – a joint commitment to deliver $1.8 billion worth of infrastructure that will transform the region and deliver thousands of jobs.
Mr Pike said that the Redlands has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to convert the Olympics and the City Deal into new infrastructure.
“The City Deal provides a direct $41 million commitment for the Dunwich ferry terminal upgrade, but also opens the door for other important Redland projects to be planned, approved and constructed,” Mr Pike said.
Minister Fletcher said that the Redlands stands to benefit from the City Deal’s SEQ Liveability Fund, with $12 million available for the local area to deliver improved community facilities, urban amenity or enhanced liveability, and support environmental infrastructure and open spaces.
“The Redlands can also apply for a part of the $200m Innovation fund and the $10m public art fund.”
“The City Deal delivers a significant package of investments that will generate thousands of local jobs, boost digital and transport connectivity, enhance liveability and support one of the fastest growing regions in the country,” Minister Fletcher said.
“With the Redlands’ population expected to continue to grow, it is crucial that we invest in the infrastructure it needs to thrive for decades to come.”
“Henry has a vision of a more connected and liveable Redlands and I’m looking forward to working with him to make this a reality.”
Mr Pike briefed the Minister on a range of projects that would be strong candidates for future consideration, including projects and projects that could be discussed through the Region Shaping Infrastructure initiative.
“The extension of the Eastern Busway from Coorparoo to Capalaba is a significant project, particularly given the importance of this route to connect our region’s Olympic venues,” Mr Pike said.