News from Townsville Enterprise
Townsville North Queensland Showcased To The South East
Over 330 attendees packed into Parliament House last night to attend a Townsville Enterprise networking event that well and truly shone the spotlight on Townsville North Queensland.
The event was held in Brisbane to showcase the region’s economic progress and potential, as well as to connect senior political, industry and business leaders during an evening of networking and regional updates.
Not only did the audience comprise of over 150 North Queensland representatives who made the journey south, but southern based business and industry leaders and a significant number of Ministers and Members of Parliament including the Premier of Queensland the Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk and the Opposition Leader the Hon. Tim Nicholls MP.
The Premier of Queensland was the keynote speaker at the event, which also featured Property Council Queensland President Laurence Lancini, Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke, Townsville Enterprise Chair Kevin Gill, and a panel discussion between JCU Vice Chancellor Professor Sandra Harding, Watpac Northern Area Manager Bryan Glancy, O2UDP Managing Director Pat Brady, North Queensland Cowboys Corporate Sponsorship Manager Brent Tate and Townsville Enterprise Director - Tourism & Events, Bridget Woods.
The audience also heard from MMG Dugald River General Manager Pierre Malan with an update on the Dugald River Mine in light of the recent announcement that Townsville secured the FIFO hub for the project, creating up 400 new jobs for North and North West Queensland.
During the evening it was discussed that despite some challenging years, the Townsville North Queensland region has recently secured over $1.5 billion dollars’ worth of commitments for major infrastructure projects and initiatives, over 154,000 guest nights and $40.5M in events through attraction activities, policy commitments such as Australia’s first ever City Deal and new international flight connections into Bali and Papua New Guinea.
The event was an opportunity to promote the robust project pipeline that all levels of Government and the local business community were investing into. In 2016, this region pulled together to secure a number of announcements that are now becoming reality.
The landmark City Deal initiative that the Townsville City Council signed with the State and Federal Governments, the $250M stadium due to turn sod this year, the $150M Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor, the $2.2M Hell’s Gate Feasibility Study, the $75M Cooperative Research Centre, the $42M for the Hann Highway and the historic $2.2B Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between Australia and Singapore that will see over $1B of infrastructure invested into Townsville over the next 25 years.
In addition, we are also seeing a number of local businesses announce major developments, such as Sun Metals who will be constructing a 125MW solar plant as well as proposing up to $267 million for further expansions. This robust project pipeline is an attractive proposition for investment. Last night Townsville Enterprise, along with the five regional councils and industry leaders, made this message loud and clear to South East Queensland.
It was also positive to hear the Premier of Queensland reiterate her Government’s strong commitment to the Townsville North Queensland region, as well as promote how attractive the region is for private investment.
Both the State and Federal Government have invested heavily into the region over the past two years and whilst water and energy remains at the forefront of our advocacy priorities, it is also important to acknowledge that there has been a significant amount of commitments made and that our region is at the front and centre of political decision making.
Townsville Enterprise wishes to sincerely thank all who made the enormous effort to travel from North Queensland to support the event and for assisting in showcasing just why Townsville North Queensland is a great place to live, work, invest, visit and study.