The Property Council of Australia has praised Brisbane lord mayor Campbell Newman on delivering on his commitment to keeping Brisbane moving, allocating over $500 million to transport and traffic in the 2005/06 Brisbane City Council budget, handed down this morning.
Property Council Queensland executive director Robert Walker said he was pleased to see the lord mayor remaining strong in his resolve to fixing Brisbane’s traffic and transport issues.
“The Property Council congratulates the lord mayor on boosting funds for public transport and for his commitment to improving the accessibility in and around Brisbane and relieving congestion,” Mr Walker said.
Cr Newman outlined funding of $544 million for transport and traffic issues – an increase of more than 23 per cent from last year. The progression on the TransApex system of tunnels has alone been allocated $85 million.
“The Property Council is pleased to see this large increase in funding for the delivery major infrastructure initiatives. We also support Cr Newman’s commitment of $4 million for neighbourhood planning.
“It is vitally important that we allocate funds to involving the community in the planning process, and Cr Newman has put his money where his mouth is.
“We are also especially pleased to see Council injecting nearly $20 million over the next three years on suburban centre improvement projects, starting with Indooroopilly and Zillmere.”
Mr Walker said the Property Council was pleased to see that an additional $2.7 million had been committed to deal with the backlog of development applications.
“The Property Council welcomes this budget from the lord mayor and his infrastructure focus and commitment. We look forward to working with him further on these issues.”
Robert Walker, Executive Director Property Council of Australia 0417 072 197
Nikki Schultz, Communications Manager Property Council of Australia 07 3225 3000