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Redland City residents urged to ‘give a beep’ about transport upgrades

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams is urging local residents to show they ‘give a beep’ about road and transport upgrades in a bid to secure funding from the major parties in the lead up to the 2013 Federal Election.

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) month-long ‘Give A Beep’ campaign, launched earlier this week, asks SEQ residents to throw their support behind transport upgrade projects in their local community by registering their ‘beep’ at www.giveabeep.com.au.

Cr Williams said a number of key infrastructure projects that were critical to the region’s productivity had been ignored by the major parties for too long.

“It is time to show our federal politicians that a vote from the residents of Redlands is dependent on investment in our region,” Cr Williams said.

“We need Canberra to commit to key transport upgrades that will reduce congestion, boost local business’ productivity and ultimately create more jobs.

“Council of Mayors (SEQ) has earmarked 36 projects for federal funding, from big ticket projects including the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing and upgrades to the Bruce, Pacific and Cunningham Highways, through to localised projects that will make a difference to the community.

“Three projects on the Council of Mayors (SEQ) infrastructure priority list are in Redland City and include the development of two new road corridors and an upgrade of the Cleveland rail line.”

The Redland City to Port of Brisbane corridor will link the major residential growth areas in Brisbane’s South East to Redlands and the Australian Trade Coast precinct.

The Redland City (Gateway Motorway Corridor) will improve the freight and transport corridor that joins the Redland City Council region to the motorway.

The Manly to Cleveland Rail line upgrade will duplicate the rail line to allow more frequent services to the CBD and the Brisbane Airport.

Cr Williams said all of these projects were vital to improving the economic viability of the region and encouraged those who hadn’t registered their beep to do so.

“It is as easy as logging onto the ‘give a beep’ website and hitting the ‘beep’ button at the top of the screen to show support for transport upgrades in Redlands,” she said.

“We want Redlands to make some noise because the more beeps we get, the louder the message will be and more bargaining power we will have at the table when fighting for our fair share of Federal funding.”

Redlands projects and fact sheets

For a full list of projects and to register visit www.giveabeep.com.au