“We need to put this kind of behavior behind us and work in cooperation between the three levels of government.”
The first step was to sign the SEQ City Deal and start prioritizing projects to improve transport links in South East Queensland, he said.
“It takes an average of two and a half years of planning for a large project, an additional 18 months for procurement [tenders and choice between tenders] and approvals, then up to four years for construction, ”said Cr Schrinner.
“It’s been eight years in total.
“So we don’t have time to waste. We need these projects to be delivered by 2032, not by 2032, as our region continues to grow.
This includes future Fast Rail projects in South East Queensland.
A transport planning group is expected to be set up within the Brisbane Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games, which will pass before the state parliament by the end of the year.
A meeting of the City Deal steering group – comprising Federal Cities Minister Paul Fletcher, Queensland Deputy Prime Minister Steven Miles and Cr Schrinner will be held in Brisbane in a few weeks.
There were tensions between the Australian and Queensland governments in September and October as a draft City Deal between the three levels of government surfaced.
Cr Schrinner said now is the time to “get to work”.
He said the proposed deal “at all levels of government” in South East Queensland City was “absolutely essential”.
“We have to lock it down and the time is right. “
Cr Schrinner said that a “foundation deal for the city” that has received media coverage over the past fifteen weeks would have additional projects added over time.
“There will be a lot of work on the business cases and planning in the early stages of the city deal and they will fulfill the rest of the deal,” he said.
“They will be added to the deal along the way and that will include things like faster railways, things like improved transportation and road improvements.”
Mayors in South East Queensland have since 2019 advocated a Fast Rail network to better connect the region, but a subsequent Sunshine Coast 2021 consortium plan has disappointed.
However, Cr Schrinner and the mayor of Toowoomba, Paul Antonio – whose area is proposed to be connected by a future fast passenger train – said faster train travel remains important.
“Faster rail is essential for the growth of our region and it’s not just for the Games,” said Cr Schrinner.
“We will always see a faster train as an important part of this plan. “