The Coalition's Policy to Revitalise Jobs and Growth in Townsville

Key Commitments

Townsville is a city with immense potential.

With a population of around 170,000, some 16,000 regional businesses, and regional product of over $11 billion, Townsville has been spoken of as a “second capital” for Queensland.

Townsville’s location near natural resources, coupled with its relative proximity to Asia, mean that the city is a major, competitive export hub for Australia.

Townsville and its surrounding region is now evolving into a centre for employment, culture, and good living. It is a place where families can be confident of a sound and successful future for themselves, their children, and their community.

The Coalition will invest in Townsville to promote new jobs and investment in the region and accelerate its transition to the new economy.

By focussing on key infrastructure investment, growth and jobs will be attracted to Townsville and its surrounding region.

We have already invested $150 million toward the Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor, which will create local jobs, promote investment, and consolidate Townsville as a productive export centre for Australia.

We have also invested more than $900 million in infrastructure projects in the Townsville region, such as the Townsville Ring Road and local road upgrades.

The Coalition will do more to boost jobs and investment in Townsville by:

  • making Townsville the first city in Australia to be recognised in a ‘City Deal’ under our Smart Cities Plan
  • investing $100 million to achieve the city’s vision for a Townsville Integrated Stadium and Entertainment Centre.

Our commitment for the Townsville Integrated Stadium and Entertainment Centre will create more than 1,600 jobs and generate nearly $700 million in economic activity during just the construction phase.

The Coalition’s commitment is not aimed at the short-term development of Townsville Stadium. It is about making Townsville a renewed city, with more jobs, more investment and more capability to attract families and business.

Our Plan to Revitalise Jobs and Growth in Townsville

The Coalition will invest in Townsville to promote jobs and investment in the region. By focussing on key infrastructure investment, growth and jobs will be attracted to Townsville and its surrounding region.

We have already invested $150 million toward the Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor, which will grow the Port of Townsville, one of the largest employers in town, linking North Queensland to export opportunities, as well as open up new lands for industrial development in the State Development Area.

Our commitment to the Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor will further encourage urban renewal as redundant tracks are removed south of the city.

The Coalition has expanded one of the largest defence bases in Australia, Lavarack.

We have also invested more than $900 million in infrastructure projects in the Townsville region, such as the Townsville Ring Road and local road upgrades.

The Coalition will do more to boost jobs and investment in Townsville.

1. Townsville: Australia’s first ‘City Deal’

The Coalition will make Townsville the first city in Australia to be recognised in a ‘City Deal’ under our Smart Cities Plan.

Our Smart Cities Plan prioritises smart policy, smart investment and smart technology to improve accessibility, create more jobs, generate more affordable housing, and build healthy environments.

The centrepiece of our Smart Cities Plan is ‘City Deals.’

City Deals between the Commonwealth, a state or territory government, and local governments will make our cities better places to live in and do business.

Through City Deals, governments, industry, and communities will develop collective plans for growth and commit to the actions, investments, reforms and governance needed to implement them.

City Deals intend to make our cities better through more integrated planning, better collaboration between governments, and ultimately the improved delivery of the infrastructure families and businesses need to make their lives easier.

Townsville’s potential – its capacity to generate more jobs and be a better place for families – will be better realised through a City Deal.

We will work toward signing a City Deal agreement with the Queensland Government and Townsville’s local councils within six months of the election.

The City Deal will leverage the Coalition’s investments in Townsville and help grow the population of Townville over the next decade, creating new jobs, economic growth and a more liveable city.

2. Investing $100 million to achieve the city’s vision for a modern stadium and headquarters for the Cowboys

The Coalition will invest $100 million to achieve the city’s vision for a modern stadium and headquarters for the Cowboys.

We will seek to maximise participation of local contractors and businesses, building local industry expertise and capacity.

Townsville Stadium is important to the renewal of Townsville, but in isolation it is not enough.

That is why our commitment is contingent on a City Deal being signed, so that there is a more robust and long-term plan for the creation of jobs, investment, and infrastructure for Townsville.

Townsville needs a long-term development plan and renewal of its centre if it is to be a vibrant city for families and jobs.

3. Encouraging the development of the Townsville Integrated Stadium and Entertainment Centre

Our City Deal for Townsville will do more than just build a stadium.

Townsville should have an integrated sports and entertainment facility that will serve as a catalyst for urban renewal and job creation for the city.

Our City Deal will see the development of the Townsville Integrated Stadium and Entertainment Centre, which is the most significant piece of infrastructure to be built in the region.

The Coalition’s Innovative Financing Unit will provide commercial expertise to design a financing structure that secures private capital and leverages investment from all levels of government.

The Townsville Integrated Stadium and Entertainment Centre will revitalise the central business area, accelerate commercial and residential development in the waterfront precinct, anchor a new city transport network, and provide new public spaces and amenities, including pedestrian bridges, bike and walking pathways along the river and linking to the CBD.

Our commitment to the Townsville Integrated Stadium and Entertainment Centre will create more than 1,600 jobs and generate nearly $700 million in economic activity during just the construction phase.

The Coalition’s commitment is not aimed at the short-term development of Townsville Stadium. It is about making Townsville a renewed city, with more jobs, more investment and more capability to attract families and business.

Our City Deal and commitment to the development of the Townsville Integrated Stadium and Entertainment Centre will catalyse long-term growth, new jobs and investment in Townsville at a time when the community face the difficult task of transitioning from the old resources economy to the new economy.

Taken in concert, our commitments will position Townsville as a liveable and lively city, attracting national and international tourists boosting progress toward the region’s target to grow the visitor economy.

The Townsville City Deal is without precedent in Australia and will galvanise efforts across governments, the private sector and the community and ensure our plans, investments, policies and regulatory settings are all pulling in the same direction to achieve a liveable, vibrant and growing Townsville – North Queensland’s premier event city.

The Choice

The Coalition is creating jobs and growth in Northern Australia.

In Queensland, we are investing over $3 billion for northern sections of the Bruce Highway and $208 million for the Cape York Region package; in Western Australia we have committed $172 million for the Northwest Coastal Highway; and in the Northern Territory $90 million is being invested in the Northern Territory Regional Roads Productivity package and $77 million has been provided to duplicate Tiger Brennan Drive.

We have also invested more than $900 million in infrastructure projects in the Townsville region, such as the Townsville Ring Road and local road upgrades.

Nearly 300 local jobs have been generated by the Townsville Ring Road project and further jobs are being created through other local roads projects.

The Coalition’s Comprehensive Strategic Partnership with Singapore will see more than $2 billion spent to upgrade roads, accommodation, light airfields and other infrastructure needed for Singapore troops to train in Townsville and Shoalwater Bay.

These upgrades will begin next year and will draw on local contractors – building and construction workers, electricians, plumbers, road engineers – to undertake the works. This major investment will be focused around Townsville and Shoalwater Bay – helping local workers and businesses make the transition from the mining construction boom.

Further, the number of Singaporean troops to visit north Queensland will more than double – from 6,000 to 14,000 each year – injecting additional jobs and growth to recreational retail, tourism, accommodation and hospitality related industries in Townsville, Yeppoon, Rockhampton and other nearby centres.

The doubling in numbers will also require additional support from local support and logistics contractors, providing a massive boost to local spending across north Queensland.

We are delivering jobs for Townsville, the region, and Northern Australia.

Labor sought to destroy the economies in Northern Australia that depend on the energy and resources industry.

Labor created the Minerals Resources Rent Tax – a tax deliberately targeted at the energy and resources sector.

Labor put in place the Carbon Tax – a tax that the Minerals Industry found would result in a reduction of forecast employment in the minerals industry of 23,500 by 2020, increasing to 63,000 fewer jobs by 2030.

Costs

The Coalition will invest a further $100 million to revitalise jobs and growth in Townsville through the Integrated Stadium and Entertainment Centre.

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