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THE extension of the Springfield rail line to Redbank Plains is a key piece of infrastructure that Ipswich needs, mayor Paul Pisasale insists.
Cr Pisasale and the other 11 mayors from south-east Queensland met on the Sunshine Coast for a strategic planning workshop which will guide future infrastructure in the region and lobbying efforts.
The rail extension was one of the items Cr Pisasale put forward as a priority locally, and he pointed to the extension as being a part of the State Government planning study.
“As a significant growth area, this will improve accessibility to public transport, reduce vehicles on the Centenary Hwy and reduce parking demand in the Springfield town centre,” Cr Pisasale said.
“The rail link then needs to keep going to the aerospace industry and then back to the CBD.
“At the moment it is a rail line to nowhere. It should be an automated loop.
“We have the worst public transport in south-east Queensland.”
Cr Pisasale said the mayoral council’s goals would prove to be beneficial locally.
“What comes out of it for Ipswich is what comes out of it for south-east Queensland,” he said.
“No city should ever say they are better than another.
“What we are doing is trying to make each city the best it can be.
“As the mayors of south-east Queensland we are a strong lobby group and represent one in seven Australians in a fast growing corner.
“We have to start thinking as a region so no-one is disadvantaged.”
Better NBN for all of Ipswich is an issue that must be addressed by whichever side of politics wins on July 2.
At present, businesses are suffering and residents are having no joy due to a service that is now rated behind Romania, Russia and Slovakia for internet speeds.
“We should have the best NBN,” Cr Pisasale said.
“We need to ensure that no family or business should be left behind – whether they live on the Sunshine Coast, in Brisbane or in Ipswich.
“They are being left behind because the Federal Government looks after marginal seats rather than looking at south-east Queensland as a region.
“I have put forward that a world class NBN is one of the key pieces of infrastructure that south-east Queensland needs.
“There are pockets of Springfield where you can’t get good telecommunications.
“Good telecommunications also saves pressure on our roads because people can work from home.”
Cr Pisasale is also set to keep the heat on whoever is elected on July 2 to ensure the Ipswich Motorway is upgraded fully.
“A lot of people have asked me why I was fighting to have a piece of infrastructure, the Ipswich Motorway, upgraded from Darra to Rocklea, when it is not in Ipswich,” he said.
“But it is part of Ipswich. You can’t have half a road.
“All our industrial estates link to that road. There are no borders when it comes to south-east Queensland.”
The mayors have a proposal to bring the Olympics to south-east Queensland in 2028 .
“It is a great opportunity to get our infrastructure and public transport right and we are doing some business modelling on that,” Cr Pisasale said.
“We need to look at our own public transport in Ipswich – doing up the railway station and doing something with the transit centre that has been left there doing nothing since the floods.
“Give me the transit centre if they can’t fix it up. All it is doing is gathering dust.”
Cr Pisasale also raised the need for a $55 million upgrade of the motorsport precinct.
This article first appeared on www.qt.com.au
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