The South East Queensland (SEQ) Council of Mayors released its infrastructure wish list today. Two proposed projects stood out to me as representing great value. My favourite proposed project is the:
Darra to Springfield Rail Extension (to Redbank Plains)
ESTIMATED COST: $180 million DELIVERY DATE: 2013
This would enhance the availability of public transport to a region which is currently under-serviced and which will be home to an increasing number of commuters as the development of Greater Brisbane’s western corridor continues.
My second favourite proposed project is the:
Moreton Bay Cycleway
ESTIMATED COST: $16 million DELIVERY DATE: 2018
PURPOSE OF PROJECT
The Moreton Bay Cycleway is a project that will ultimately connect 150km of Greater Brisbane’s coastline via cycle facilities connecting Bribie Island to Redland Bay (via the new Gateway Bridge facilities) and will become the longest cycleway on the eastern coast of Australia. This project will deliver the missing links of the regionally significant cycleway.
This will deliver major recreational and health benefits to Queenslanders and may end up as a significant tourist attraction, which Brisbane needs more of, according to recent reports (Brisbane ‘needs more tourist attractions’ to keep visitors coming).