A major project in the Townsville region reached a milestone this week, after the state government gave the tick of approval to the Development Opportunities Strategy.
Queensland deputy premier Jeff Seeney said today’s (February 8) approval was an exciting moment for the Townsville State Development Area (TSDA), with it opening up future opportunities in the region.
“The TSDA, declared in 2003, expands 4,900 ha immediately south of the Port of Townsville and has the capacity to accommodate large scale industrial development,” Mr Seeney explained.
“One of the key goals identified in the strategy is to maximise development and infrastructure investment – we want industries to take advantage of the strategic location of the TSDA and efficiently use port, road and rail infrastructure.”
Future developments earmarked through the TSDA are likely to generate more jobs in the state’s far-north, along with potentially boosting opportunities for apprenticeships in Queensland.
Mr Seeney said that the strategy – which will make sure certain areas of environmental significance are protected in the short and long-term – will ensure Townsville remains a major hub for development.
The TSDA will analyse different land use elements including how to better align conservation efforts with environmental value and identify any required infrastructure networks.