2021 NORTH WEST ROAD TRIP
The Future of Northern Australia Starts Here
From tomorrow, Townsville Enterprise will embark on its second annual 1,000-kilometre road trip from Mount Isa to Townsville highlighting the importance of the North West corridor to the future of Northern Australia.
Driving from Mount Isa to Townsville, the road trip will demonstrate how the North West corridor has all the ingredients to unlock the full potential of Northern Australia.
The road trip will not only highlight the opportunities in the region, but also the challenges facing councils, project proponents, and industry, and how policy tweaks and investment will enable the realisation of those opportunities.
FROM THE CEO....
“Our message for this road trip is that the future of Northern Australia starts here.”
“From critical minerals, renewable energy, agriculture, water, and enabling infrastructure, we have all the ingredients on our doorstep to drive Northern Australia’s development.
“We have the largest population, an international airport, and a port which services 80% of Northern Australia’s population with general cargo.
“As the largest region in Northern Australia, coupled with future trades of critical minerals, renewable energy and high value crops, this is the place for all levels of government and the private sector to invest. Not to mention the significant amount of established infrastructure that we can build upon to grow Northern Australia - that’s why the future starts here.
“Importantly, the feedback we receive across the week will help establish an even stronger and more informed policy platform for our advocacy leading into the upcoming Federal election.
"We look forward to all our meetings and site visits along the corridor and reporting back to you each day. It's a jam-packed itinerary showcasing the epicentre of Northern Australia's development, so strap in!"
Chief Executive Officer
Across the week, Townsville Enterprise will meet with major mining operators Glencore, MMG Dugald River, and Ravenswood Gold, as well as renewable energy project proponents CopperString 2.0 and WindLab Kennedy Energy Park, emerging vanadium operator Vecco, and agricultural diversifiers.
Engaging with all levels of government is a key component of the week-long itinerary across meetings with the Minister for Resources and Member for Townsville Scott Stewart, Member for Traeger Robbie Katter, Senator Susan McDonald, and Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson, as well as membership bodies MITEZ, RDA, and Commerce North West.
We have also convened a roundtable with the Mayors of Mount Isa, Cloncurry, McKinlay, Richmond, and Flinders Shires to meet with Minister for Resources Scott Stewart who will also be along the corridor next week.
There will be updates on Big Rocks Weir, the Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct, Port of Townsville operations, and how infrastructure like the Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor project would increase global export opportunities.
The road trip will focus attention on the region’s critical priorities where through media, social media, and stakeholder meetings Townsville Enterprise will highlight the barriers and opportunities for Northern Australia’s growth.
Daily updates on the road trip will be available at our website and Facebook page as we continue to shine the spotlight on the companies, communities and contributors that are the future of Northern Australia's development.