Moreton Bay Region residents are urged to have their say on Council’s push to secure City status.
Mayor Peter Flannery announced the proposal in December, saying it would remove the connotation of remoteness associated with the word ‘region’.
“We are the third-largest local government in Australia, we have one of the fastest growth rates in the country and within two short decades our population will exceed 700,000 to be bigger than the entire state of Tasmania,” he said at the time.
“Yet most politicians in Canberra seem to think we’re somewhere in regional Queensland, they have no idea that we’re within 30 minutes of Brisbane CBD, Brisbane International Airport and the Port of Brisbane.”
After the announcement, Council started exploring the possible social and economic benefits a change in classification might bring to the region.
In March, Council received a report giving an overview of the findings from early community focus groups and decided to continue exploring the potential for City classification by expanding community consultation.
As part of that, residents, businesses and community groups can learn more about how Moreton Bay could become a 21st century lifestyle-focused polycentric city, with connected business and community centres via a discussion paper, Reimagining Moreton Bay: A city of amazing places & natural spaces.
Then, people can share their views on the proposal through an online community survey here before 4pm on May 23.