NORMAN St bridge funding will be top of the agenda for Ipswich when the city hosts the South East Queensland Council of Mayors annual board meeting and strategic planning workshop next week.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale will head a line-up of 13 mayors from the region who will meet from Friday of next week for two days.
Managing population increase and securing appropriate infrastructure to meet demand will also be key topics up for discussion.
Cr Cheryl Bromage chairs the infrastructure committee for Ipswich City Council and is also on the infrastructure committee for the South East Queensland Council of Mayors.
She said the mayors were all there to help each other and the key projects outlined by each often had a positive flow-on effect to other regions.
Cr Bromage said the Norman St bridge, linking North Ipswich and East Ipswich across the Bremer River, was vital for the future prosperity of the city.
"It is our number one project that we'd like to put forward for State and Federal government funding," she said.
"The role of the Council of Mayors is to be an advocate as well, so they will lobby the State and Federal governments to try and push the key projects in the area for funding.
"With the Norman St bridge we are just preparing an economic study at the moment.
"Once that is together, it will be put forward for state and federal funding because Stage 1 is $190 million.
"We have a very high reliance on motor vehicles in this city so we have to make some changes that way.
"But the bridge will also take non-essential traffic out of the CBD of Ipswich, so we will be able to revitalise the CBD, have more on street dining ... and make the city thrive.
"The community right back to the 1960s has advocated for the Norman St bridge. It is a project that everyone has spoken about, but that has never gained any traction.
"But now with our population increasing so much we need another river crossing and something that is flood resistant as well."
Cr Pisasale said Ipswich City Council couldn't afford the funding on its own so the contributions of all tiers of government would be vital.
"We have to share the load and for that to happen the State and Federal governments need to support the regions with infrastructure," he said.
"Growth is happening at an enormous rate...and if you want quality of lifestyle you need infrastructure.
"The most important thing about south-east Queensland is to work together, and it is pretty historic when you have got all of the mayors of south-east Queensland coming to the Swich to talk at a strategic planning workshop and to have our board meeting.
"We come together to discuss how councils can work together in the best interests of south-east Queensland. We have to make sure the infrastructure is good no matter where we live."