Councils secure seat for Passenger Rail Business Case
Three local Councils are a step closer to a more connected future, after securing a seat at the table for the Toowoomba to Brisbane Passenger Rail Business Case.
Following a successful meeting with State and Federal representatives this morning – Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Toowoomba Regional Council and Ipswich City Council Mayors’ were confident the needs and interests of their local communities would be strongly advocated for in the project.
Lockyer Valley Mayor, Cr Tanya Milligan, emphasising their representation on the steering committee would ensure the Lockyer Valley’s unique, localised issues were all identified and considered.
“The Lockyer Valley’s inclusion in this business case is a massive milestone for our community, and we are extremely optimistic about what this project will mean for the future of our region,” Mayor Milligan said.
“It is a very promising and positive collaboration for our Councils and will ensure everyone has a voice and a platform to be heard.
“It’s no secret that working collaboratively achieves greater results, and it is fantastic to see the three tiers of government working together to deliver genuinely positive outcomes for our communities.”
The three-stage strategic business case is all part of the Australian Government’s $15 million commitment to investigating passenger rail requirements and a range of route options.
“Securing regular passenger rail services for the Lockyer Valley isn’t just about connecting our region with major city centres like Brisbane and Toowoomba – it’s about laying the foundations that will improve access to employment, tertiary education, specialist health services and tourism opportunities.
“It is an investment in the future of our region and will boost connectivity for our residents.
“The Lockyer Valley is uniquely positioned in the Brisbane to Toowoomba corridor, offering a lifestyle that is second to none.
“Obtaining a passenger rail for our community will open a whole new world of opportunity for residents,” Mayor Milligan said.