2021 UNLOCK THE NORTH DOCUMENT
View the full list of projects and policies that feature in our 2021 Federal Budget Submission.
Unlock the North 2021Townsville EnterpriseDownload
Townsville Enterprise, the North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (NQROC) and North Queensland’s business community are working closer than ever before in advocating for the region as one voice.
COVID-19 has illustrated just how important North Queensland is to the nation’s economy. Without the region’s key industries such as Agriculture, Mining, Minerals Processing, Defence and Health, the national economy would look much different today. Whilst no industry or region has been immune to the impacts of the pandemic, these are the industries and this is the region which has the potential to play a leading role in our national recovery and keep Australians in jobs.
The continued focus on economic recovery is critical to the future of North Queensland and the partnership between business and Government has never been more important. As we look ahead to the 2021 Federal Budget, we are making a strong case for targeted investment and policy support to ensure the North not only recovers but plays its part in supporting the nation’s recovery and future resilience building.
North Queensland has the people, the potential and the projects that can support Australia’s long-term economic recovery and growth. North Queenslanders remain strong, we are resilient, and we are optimistic about our future, because a Strong North Queensland is a Strong Nation.
Townsville Enterprise embarked on a 1,000-kilometre road trip in June 2020, highlighting to its extensive national stakeholder base the importance of the North West to the future of Queensland.
We've been back on the road for our Unlock the North Road Trip series, but this time heading south to one of the biggest sugar cane growing areas in Australia - The Burdekin!
We've been back on the road for our Unlock the North Road Trip series, but this time heading north to the gateway to the wet tropics - Hinchinbrook!
Wednesday 3 February 2021
As Australia continues to grapple with the economic impacts of COVID-19, through its 2021 Federal Budget Submission, Townsville Enterprise has provided a roadmap that urges the Federal Government to unlock North Queensland through policy reform and investment towards key industries that can play a critical role in the nation’s recovery.
The 2021 Townsville North Queensland Federal Government Budget Submission, developed with Townsville, Burdekin, Charters Towers, Hinchinbrook, and Palm Island councils and the business community, outlines how the Commonwealth can fast-track support to ramp up private investment and jobs in North Queensland for the betterment of the nation.
19 February 2021
Townsville Enterprise and North Queensland Mayors will travel to Canberra next week to directly engage with national leaders to promote the region’s Federal Budget Submission which encourages the Commonwealth to unlock the north through policy reform and investment towards key industries that can support the nation’s recovery and jobs.
23 February 2021
The first two days of the Unlock the North delegation to Parliament House in Canberra this week has seen Townsville Enterprise and North Queensland Councils directly engaging with Ministers, Shadow Ministers, Cross Benchers, Chiefs of Staff and Senior Advisors across a range of key portfolios for our region.
24 February 2021
It was another full meeting program today engaging with Cabinet, Shadow Cabinet Ministers and Senior Advisers on Day 3 of the Unlock the North delegation to Parliament House in Canberra.
25 February 2021
The fourth and final day of the Unlock the North delegation in Canberra today started with a meeting with the Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison.
2 March 2020
A key takeout from our Unlock the North delegation to Canberra last week was that both the Government and Opposition consistently acknowledged the key role the North has and can continue to play in the nation's COVID-19 recovery.
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