News from Townsville Enterprise

March 20th, 2017

Taking Townsville North Queensland to the South East

Townsville Enterprise will be taking the Capital of Northern Australia to Brisbane in an effort to showcase the region’s economic progress and potential, as well as connecting senior political, industry and business leaders during an evening of networking and regional updates.

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 150,000 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 Premier of Queensland will be the guest speaker at the Parliament House event.

Townsville Enterprise CEO, Patricia O’Callaghan said the event is an opportunity to promote the robust project pipeline that all levels of Government and the local business community are investing into, as well as ensuring the region remains at the forefront of pending political decisions.

“In 2016, this region pulled together to secure a number of announcements that are now becoming reality”, Ms O’Callaghan said.

“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 in April as well as proposing up to $267 million for further expansions”.

“This project pipeline is an attractive proposition for investment. Townsville Enterprise, along with the five councils and industry leaders, will be making this message loud and clear to South East Queensland”.

“We will also be ensuring all political parties remain committed to growing and developing the north in upcoming decisions, especially concerning water and energy reform”.

Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke said she was excited to have a chorus of North Queensland voices join her at Parliament to discuss important local issues and opportunities.

“This event is a great opportunity for businesses to network, promote their services and make lasting connections, because it will lead to more opportunities for investment and jobs back home,” Minister O’Rourke said.

“At every opportunity, I’ve been bragging to the south about the incredible opportunities in North Queensland, as well as our fantastic climate, diverse economy, productive business sector and well-established tourism industry”.

“Now it’s time for southern businesses to see for themselves just how much we have to offer.”

Townsville business identity, Pat Brady of consulting engineering and project management practice, UDP Group, said that that the opportunity for Townsville businesses to gain access to senior business leaders at a state level, from both the private and government sectors, was invaluable.

“George Street has an enormous influence over business opportunities in the north, and the ability to reach these people must improve our ability to show that Townsville businesses are capable and have capacity”, Mr Brady said.

The event is on Wednesday 10 May 2017 at Parliament House, George St, Brisbane. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.


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