Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will join the Council of Mayors (SEQ) in Mooloolaba for the next two days.
Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will join the Council of Mayors (SEQ) in Mooloolaba for the next two days.

Council of Mayors to meet in Mooloolaba for big-picture plan

CAPITALISING on recent announcements about smart cities will be just one agenda item up for discussion when the Council of Mayors (South East Queensland) convenes on the Coast over the next two days.

Eleven mayors representing the south-east, including regions such as Toowoomba, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Gold Coast, Brisbane and Lockyer Valley will meet in Mooloolaba for the two-day round table.

It will mark the first meeting since the recent local government elections and also the first Council of Mayors (SEQ) meeting since the death of former Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said the meetings were a good opportunity for the entire region to strategise for the longer term and with recent announcements made around the 'smart city' future, there would no doubt be some discussion around that.

"The Council of Mayors is an organisation that needs to be looking well into the future and we can't just be managing from budget to budget," Cr Jamieson said.

"So our big picture thinking on the meeting we've got here on Friday and Saturday will continue and it will continue to include all the infrastructure we need."

Part of those infrastructure needs will no doubt encompass the Bruce Highway and how best the regions can work together to lobby for better Federal funding.

Rail infrastructure will also be another big-ticket item for the Coast, given the incoming 50,000-strong community being constructed at Caloundra South.

The Maroochydore CBD project will also be a project sure to come under attention over the weekend.

Cr Jamieson said a recent agreement with the State Government had opened up further opportunities.

"As a result of a recent agreement with the State Government, (we will) be looking very closely at the city deals plan and indeed at the recently released smart cities plan released by the Prime Minister into which we fit beautifully as Australia's only greenfield city in Maroochydore," the recently re-elected Coast Mayor said.

"We can be an outstanding case study for the Federal Government and I've had that meeting with the Minister for Cities and Digital Infrastructure, Angus Taylor, and stressed that point to him that as a new minister, the Sunshine Coast is in an outstanding position to be able to help him deliver an example that other areas of the country can follow."

Among the formalities of the next two days, the confirmation of the chair, deputy chair, treasurer and the committee chairs.

There are two nearby players in Gympie Shire and Noosa Shire who while not taking part in the next two days, will be keeping a keen eye on the outcome of the meeting.