Initial assessment complete for $285 million SEQ Liveability Fund

Over $285 million of infrastructure projects, aimed at supporting the livability of South East Queensland (SEQ) have been unveiled under the South East Queensland Liveability Fund.

All three levels of government have partnered to establish the SEQ Liveability Fund as one of the key commitments being delivered under the SEQ City Deal.

Eleven local governments were invited to submit expressions of interest as part of the initial assessment phase of funding to deliver projects that will support healthier, liveable and more inclusive, connected communities.

Projects covered under the plan could range from new parks to open public spaces and showcase the natural environment to community infrastructure that complements new housing supply or urban renewal.

A list of 24 eligible projects has now been finalised across councils of Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay, Somerset, Brisbane, Redlands, Logan, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley, Ipswich and Toowoomba. Local governments will now be invited to submit a detailed application for these projects, and a final decision on funding of projects will be made after assessment of detailed applications in 2024.

The SEQ City Deal delivers a significant package of investments with a value of $1.8 billion to one of the fastest growing regions in the country and is expected to provide benefits to more than three million residents.

Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King said the Fund was an important step in supporting growth across SEQ.

“The Australian Government is committed to improving our cities and regions to ensure a high quality of life, while delivering a region-shaping legacy with the hosting of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” Minister King said.

“The SEQ Liveability Fund is another example of this commitment and is expected to benefit more than three million Queenslanders, with one in seven Australians living in the great southeast.

“I’m pleased to see a variety of projects submitted for consideration that will help unlock a stronger future for communities.”

A list of the projects progressing to the detailed application stage, including several transport projects is available here.

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