The Property Council have provided the following correspondences to government regarding a Public Transport holiday to promote activity within the CBD and the SEQ City Deal.
INCENTIVISING PUBLIC TRANSPORT USE TO ENCOURAGE ACTIVITY IN CBDS
The Property Council, National Retail Association and Queensland Hotel Association have written a joint letter to the Queensland Treasurer advocating for free peak hour public transport for workers to encourage activity in CBD’s.
The letter proposes the implementation of a “Get back to business’ month in August to encourage workers to return to city centres and support local businesses.
As part of a “Get back to business’ month, the government should:
- Subsidise free public transport between 6am-9am and 4pm-7pm on weekdays.
- Encourage workers to spend the money saved on public transport near their place of work.
- Encourage employers to be flexible by allowing staggered work hours to maintain social distancing requirements.
To read the joint letter from the Property Council, National Retail Association and Queensland Hotel Association, please click here.
POSTPONING THE SEQ CITY DEAL
The Property Council and the Committee for Brisbane have released a joint statement on the decision to delay the SEQ City Deal until 2021.
Originally, the SEQ City Deal was set to be finalised mid-2020. However, due to the impact of COVID-19 governments have decided to extend City Deal negotiations.
This is a confusing and disappointing decision. The current state of the economy should provide a significant reason to finalise the SEQ City Deal which will deliver infrastructure investment that recognises and plans for SEQ’s growth.
To read the Property Council’s and the Committee for Brisbane’s full statement, please click here.