Momentum is now building towards a proposed South East Queensland (SEQ) City Deal between the Queensland Government, SEQ Councils, and the Australian Government.

City Deals are a new approach in Australia, bringing together the three levels of government, the community and private enterprise to create place-based partnerships. City Deals also leverage investment across all three levels of government to maximise the economic and social benefits for the community.

At this exclusive event, Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad and Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will discuss getting the foundations of the deal right and explore how a unique set of economic, social and environmental outcomes can be developed at the outset of the agreement and used to prioritise infrastructure and associated investment programs across a 10, 20 or 30-year program.

VENUE: The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, The Plaza Terrace Room, Merivale Street, South Brisbane

TIME: 7.15am — 9.00am

COST: Members $115, Non-members $140, Members Tables of 10 $1035, Non-members Tables of 10 $1400 (includes GST)


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Deputy Premier, the Hon. Jackie Trad MP
Growing up in East Brisbane, Jackie attended St Joseph’s Primary School at Kangaroo Point and nearby, her parents owned and ran a fruit shop in Woolloongabba. Coming from a small business family, Jackie knows how important small businesses are in our growing economy.​

She also understands the value of a good education. A second generation Lebanese migrant, Jackie was proud to be the first person in her family to go to university.​

And as the Deputy Premier, Treasurer, and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Jackie is focused on delivering real results and more jobs for Queenslanders.​

Building on the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s record of over 150,000 jobs created in Queensland since 2015, Jackie is committed to continuing to invest in vital infrastructure and job training programs that will help Queenslanders now and into the future.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk
Following his appointment as Lord Mayor of Brisbane in April 2011, Graham Quirk was elected as Lord Mayor by the people of Brisbane in 2012. Graham has a long record of service to Brisbane, celebrating 30 years with Council in 2015. Over the course of his career, Graham has been responsible for delivering many positive outcomes and ongoing projects for the city. These include major infrastructure projects such as the TransApex network of cross city tunnels and bridges, the Road Action Program, improving public transport with Council’s entire bus fleet now fully wheelchair accessible and enhancing Brisbane’s capacity for long-term economic growth. He continues to support measures to attract more events, visitors and investment to the city. This is evidenced by the multitude of world class events staged in Brisbane, such as the G20 Leaders’ Summit in 2014. As Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Graham Quirk is committed to delivering for Brisbane, Australia’s new world city.

Graham Quirk is dedicated to delivering on his election promises which include the Kingsford Smith Drive Upgrade, Brisbane Metro and a new vision for Oxley Creek as well as many other projects across the city.

Matt Collins, Queensland Treasury

Matt Collins commenced as General Manager of Queensland Treasury’s Cities Transformation Taskforce in April 2018.  In this role, he is leading the Queensland Government’s cities agenda, with a particular focus on City Deals to boost prosperity, liveability and sustainability.  City Deals bring together federal, state and local governments to align planning, investment and governance to drive jobs, economic reform and urban renewal.

Before commencing in this role, Matt served as Chief of Staff to Queensland’s Deputy Premier, where he worked across the Treasury, Infrastructure, Transport, Planning and Local Government portfolios.  He has also worked in the private sector for Urbis and LandPartners, where he consulted to a range of major firms including Stockland, Lend Lease and Rio Tinto.

Scott Smith, SEQ Council of Mayors
Scott Smith was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Mayors (SEQ) in December 2017, but has been leading the organisation’s investigations into an SEQ City Deal and its application to South East Queensland since 2014.

Scott is an accomplished senior executive with 25 years of leadership in business improvement and project management, and more than 15 years experience in senior roles in the local government sector. Scott first joined the Council of Mayors (SEQ) in 2005, providing program management and strategic direction in the areas of process reform, red tape reduction and the streamlining of local government services.

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) has been at the forefront of the introduction of the City Deals model, recognising its widespread benefits to the region as well as its potential connection to its priority projects such as the introduction of shared autonomous vehicles, the Resilient Rivers Initiative and a feasibility study into a 2032 Olympic Games for South East Queensland.


Panel Moderator: Guy Templeton, WSP

Guy Templeton leads WSP in Australia and New Zealand, and is a member of the global executive. WSP is a Toronto-listed professional services engineering consultancy, employing 42,000 people in 40 countries, to design and connect the cities of tomorrow. WSP’s expertise spans the Transportation, Property, Resources, Water and Power sectors, and the company also provides Environmental services. Prior to WSP’s acquisition of Parsons Brinckerhoff from Balfour Beatty, Guy led various services and the construction business for the Asia Pacific region.

His experience includes serving as Chief Executive of Minter Ellison Lawyers and as Managing Partner at PA Consulting Group. While at PA Consulting, Guy led the global telecommunications and media practice, and had joint responsibility for the global financial services, manufacturing, and strategy and marketing practices, from a base in Asia.

Guy held earlier management and engineering positions at TNT and NEC, as well as with electricity and telecommunications providers.

He is a Member of the Australian School of Business Advisory Council at UNSW, an Adjunct Professor and Member of the Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Board at the University of Technology, Sydney, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Engineers Australia, and a Director of Engineers Australia’s, College of Leadership and Management.