LAST week’s state government budget was the final piece in the coming year’s planning puzzle, after local and federal counterparts had put their best foot forward.

Most people will look at the budget through a “what’s in it for me” lens, and assess whether they think money has been spent in the right areas.

Rail was always destined to take centre stage, given a long-held void in public transport through the fast-developing Logan region.

The announcement of the Olympics was supposed to fix all that, to ensure the Southeast Queensland region was seen by the world as a modern and well-equipped group of cities.

Initially, when the business case for the Olympics was being drawn and proposed by the Southeast Queensland Council of Mayors, the crystal ball was far more ambitious than it seems to be turning out.

No longer are we looking at a legacy of fast rail which would connect the Sunshine Coast with Brisbane, Toowoomba, Ipswich, Logan and the Gold Coast within 40 minutes.

Instead, we have come to the conclusion that faster rail is the solution. Let’s hope next budgets account for new corridors that will help mobilise emerging parts of our great city.

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